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Monday, February 22, 2010

Table Hopping

Mr. Dion DiPoochy is peeking into the dining room, wondering what all the hullaballoo is about.

There's been a big change in the dining room at That Old House, and by big, I do mean big.
Thank goodness for thrifty finds on Craigslist!

Join me today for a Metamorphosis in the Dining Room, and a Mystery Mosaic!


Where once dwelt this:

Now dwells this:

Thanks to these:

Brother-in-law Bill, hubby Howard,
whom I thanked like this:

Sister Peggy, Bill, my Dad, Howard, and our new old table with all three of its leaves.
We are using less than 1/2 the table. Sweet.

This table will seat 12.

With room to walk around the seats at each end.

This is the old Henkel-Harris double pedestal table I mentioned previously.
Like, over and over again.

It does have a crazing issue in the tabletop -- which looks much worse in this picture than in real life:

The leaves and pedestals are in fine shape.

When the weather warms up, we'll take Big Bertha outside and give her the
Elizabeth Arden Behind-The-Red-Door beauty treatment for ladies of a certain age . . .

. . . and she shall be renewed -- wrinkles banished, and mahogony gleaming once again.

With no leaves, Bertha looks a little puny.

Most of the time, we'll keep one leaf in the table, to seat 8 nicely.

Now I'm going to sell the dining table and chairs that used to live here,
the Bombay Company set that was just too small.

Beautiful, but just too small. Sat only 6 comfortably.
Daughter Anne is sad; she would like us to keep these for her, table and chairs,
for someday when she has room for them.

Annie, as your Daddy said, "You are welcome to bid when Mom lists them on Ebay."
(If we had storage space, we would keep them for her. We aren't really mean. Much.)

Thank you, Bill, for helping haul in the tabletop and get it set up.
Thanks also to Peggy and Pop, for joining our inaugural dinner!

And now I am on the prowl for 8 chairs to supplement my 4 Chippendale-style seats.
(Can you hear Howard groan all the way from Manhattan?)

On Sunday, a gloriously beautiful day by New Jersey February standards, Howard and I drove to Connecticut, and we did not come back with an empty van.

A Mosaic Mystery Hint:

Please join Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday,
and oodles of beautiful photo collages!

And it's Metamorphosis Monday at Susan's Between Naps On The Porch blog.
Always well worth a visit!

Enjoy your Monday!
I'll see you tomorrow, and reveal our latest thrifty treasures, our imports from Connecticut!
Ooo la lah! -- Cass


  1. What a gorgeous table. I just love it. My table will seat 12 too with all 4 leaves, and what a blessing that is. Yours is just stunning. Great find. Hugs, Marty

  2. Cass, it's stunning! I love my large table. The only downside I have found is that I collect vintage linens and most of the old cloths just aren't that big. I would love to showcase tham on a table that fits
    xoxo Pattie

  3. You chose a wonderful table...seating that many is great... what size tablecloth will it take???

  4. The new old table looks fabulous - perhaps you'll need to hunt for an antique European linen table cloth - they often come in larger sizes I believe.
    Or, you can use a French linen sheet complete with beautifully embroidered monogram perhaps!

    Good luck hunting for chairs - are you looking for antique or new?

  5. The table is beautiful,Cass. I can just imagine the huge dinner parties you will be having! ;-)


  6. Oh what a gorgeous table. I love it. I love a big table. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed week,

  7. Oh, sniff, sniff. I'm saying a sad farewell to that gorgeous oval table.

  8. Cass that table is a beauty. I am sure you will do a wonderful job refinishing the top. You are teasing us with the mosaic. Can't wait to see what you found...Kim

  9. The table is so pretty. I like the old one too. We sold or old table at and auction. Very sad what we got. But when I listed it on Craigslist no one wanted to give what I wanted for it. I did not do Ebay. Should have . I got more from the auction house than offered on craigslist. But still not what I wanted. Good luck.

  10. Cass,
    The table looks right at home in your dinning room. And still plenty of room to play musical chairs! ;)
    Have a lovely week.
    Good luck on the hunt for matching chairs, that should be a fun task.

  11. Great table. Congratulations. The rest of the dinning room looks comfortable and warm.

  12. Beautiful table, great Mosaic....I had to laugh at the one pic though, the gentleman at the head of the table is eyeing up the roast, not interested in your photo op at all LOL!!~

  13. Cass, that table is beautiful, now that I have seen it in all it's glory. It looks almost large enough for all those 50 plates you recently purchased!I wish I lived closer, I really like the old table...oh well it would no doubt be too big for my little dining room.

  14. What a pretty table! I would love to have one that big - but then I need a room big enough to put it in also. My youngest Grands have now outgrown the little table I used for the kids, so need to come up with another idea.

  15. Just awesome my friend...Girl you do have great taste and it just says "That old House" she's really lovely my dear Cass..Can't wait to see what's inside the van you little Tease you...I'll be sure and come back...Hope all is well in your world my dear friend...think of you often...Hugs to you, Gl♥ria

  16. Cass...I just love your BIG table! What a wonderful find! Enjoy it!!


  17. Just think of the entertainment ahead with this beautiful addition to your dinning room! Love your mosaic, have a great day.

  18. Your new table is gorgeous! Yes, it does need the leaves to fill some of that grand space you have. :-)
    I can't wait to see this new piece that you are teasing us with.

  19. I think you made the right choice. I might know someone with 8 Chippendale chairs if she hasn't sold them yet. Would you like me to find out? She lives in SC.


  20. Big time table envy from the west coast! You'll have fun filling the places at that table.

  21. Cass,

    What a gorgeous table - you find the best stuff!!!

    Thanks for stopping by.


  22. Beautiful table. I hope your family has many wonderful meals there throughout the years.

    I hope you'll drop by AtticMag to tour my home.

  23. fabulous table...Your dining room is beautiful and so large - you are lucky that you can have that table all the way out with room to walk around...when my table is out full we are in the hallway :-)

  24. Oh Cass! This is the one I loved! It is absolutely gorgeous and you will never need anything more!!! No more "children's" table for holidays! Love it! Love it! ps- I always use linen placemats on mine

  25. Oh boy! What a table-glad you got into the house safely.
    Can't wait to see the reveal tomorrow.


  26. Yay! You made your selection. The table is so beautiful! Oh, it just looks perfect in your dining room! Wow, I'm impressed!
    Now invite me to dinner! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. Boy, that table is perfect for your room. I'm guessing the mystery is a chair.

  28. Super well done - it can expand to seat many and size down a bit for a few. So lovely that you got to share eating at the table with those that helped and your dear Dad.

    I love that the pedestal legs don't interfere with the diner's joy of sitting at the table, and the table top sits clear of any "underlayer" (so those of us with more generous thighs can sit with comfort).

    Wishing you joy in finding chairs to go well with the table, and that also be super comfortable for the diners who come to That Old House.

    Super thanks for sharing, sending care to you and Howard and many huggles to Dion, your wonder eyed doglet.

    Michelle and Zebbycat over in Wellington, NZ (purrrrumbling from Zeb)

  29. Beautiful table and dining room. Love the mosaic too.


  30. Oh Cass, Bertha is fabulous...swoonilicious actually! **kisskiss** Deb

  31. What a beautiful table - what a warm, inviting room - love, love, love. Totally love your mosaic - such great photos!

  32. nice post. thanks.


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