It was a frequent question -- brought on mostly, I presume, by the fact that under the great chandelier in my dining room there was a dog bed. You know, for the Queen.
For months I didn't even look for a table... I've never had a "real" dining room table because I could never find dining room chairs that were comfortable enough for a long stay.
Then I decided okay, I guess I DO need a table... but gosh I loathe furniture shopping... I hit a consignment store by my house regularly for months (and came home with a sectional sofa, you may recall.) Um, mission FAIL.
Then against my better judgment I started looking a new tables at real furnitures stores (horrors!) and after about 8 furniture stores I threw in the towel. Ewww, ick -- mass production! Welcome to America. I was right the first time: I don't need a dining room table. Greta, don't get up.
But then on Saturday morning my neighbor texted me: "Am going to old home supply in fw, wanna go?" Spontaneous road trip with a neighbor to a place called "Old Home Supply"? I'm in.
And now, the burning question is answered:
Perfect size: Check (53" seemed too small, I wanted 72" but knew it would be too large, was looking for 60" -- it's 57; a decent compromise)
Minimal base? Check.
One of a kind? Check. (Edging is a WAGON WHEEL, forheavensake -- but on the other hand I DID buy it in Fort Worth)
Sort of rustic? Check. (I will probably sand it and seal it to avoid water rings...)
And to give credit where credit is due: http://www.oldhomesupplyhouse.com/
Please don't ask me about chairs.