Sal and I are currently embroiled in a battle of the coffee tables.
Back stories of each table:
Glass Table: A little over 6 months ago I came across a Hollywood Regency Faux Bamboo glass topped coffee table at Remarkable Cleanouts (a GIANT warehouse of new/vintage/antique things. Yes, things… you can find almost ANYTHING there!) While I wasn’t searching for a coffee table, I spotted it and informed Sal that I knew it was worth 5 times what he was charging. Sal thought I was nuts, and we walked passed it.
When we got home that evening, I did a quick search and found multiple examples of the table, and they were all really desired with high prices. So, the next day we went back and picked up not only the table, but an antique miter saw and a brand-new-in-box hand crank pasta machine, and paid $70 for everything. We then set off to sell the coffee table and got offers from a bunch people in NYC and a few antique dealers, but the cost of shipping it was pure insanity and of course dealers wanted it for a fraction of the price, so we just held onto it and used it.
Wood Table: Around a year ago, Sal and I were driving home at dusk, and we spotted an amazingly beautiful door propped up in the trash outside of the Quincy House, just down the street from us. I jumped out of the car and attempted to pick it up (because there was no way I was going to let it be thrown out) and it was way too awkward and heavy for me to carry without dropping it. So I stood guard and waited for Sal to park the car and walk back so we could carry it home together. I had to actually wave off a few people who came back with their cars to pick it up.
After closer inspection, it was a swinging kitchen door (possibly original to the late 1700’s, possibly a replacement from the 1800’s, either made of chestnut or fir) that had suffered damage from years of abuse. There was a large area ripped off where the hinge was once attached. We knew it wasn’t possibly to reuse it as a door because of the extent of the damage. Because it was a 2 panel door, the obvious solution was to turn it into a coffee table and end table, while cutting off the damaged area.
It sat cut in half for about 10 months or so… in the pile of project that I would some day complete. And when I finally tackled it, removing the old finish (thick old dirty varnish with sections of “orange peel” texture), sanding, staining to make the newly cut edges to match the old edges, multiple layers of wipe on poly (to give it that hand rubbed finish, but with more protection), and having custom made steel hair pin legs to finish off the pieces.
So, we need your help to decide which one deserves to stay! There are pros and cons to each:
Glass Table PROS:
- Keeps the room light/open looking with the glass top
- Long and narrow, and fits in front of the couch beautifully
- Adds a feminine touch to the space
- Color of the brass compliments the color scheme nicely
- Makes the room look more formal
Glass Table CONS:
- We fear somebody (especially a child) breaking it
- The glass top looks dirty unless cleaned daily
- Everything else in the room is silver (ceiling fan, lamp, the curtain rods that I haven’t gotten around to putting up yet)
- Will need to find appropriate coordinating end tables
Wood Table PROS:
- Much more stable
- Grounds the room
- Has matching end table
- The wood grain is beautiful
- Has history and a back story
- Makes the room look more comfy/inviting
Wood Table CONS:
- Very masculine looking
- Has a bit of a first apartment/DIY feeling
- The raised edge makes it difficult to sit on the floor and eat at it (which is probably a PRO since we should be adults and eat at the dining room table)
- Very wide and takes up more floor space
So… we need your opinions! What do you think? Comment here and or on Facebook and give you opinions! Here are room views (use your imagination on the settee being upholstered and curtains) and a close up of each table.