farm tables and a turned wood lamp score

I seem to be in the habit of posting late Wednesday nights.
After the Springtime weekend rush 
with baseball practices, games, and dance lessons, etc.
and then squeaking in some time for projects here and there on Mondays and Tuesdays,
Wednesdays are working for me so I’m just going to go with it.
Pardon. Just thinking out loud there.
If you follow me on facebook,
you might have watched me get a little goosed over an antique farm table
that I found on Craigslist.
 I shared the Craigslist photo on my blog too and well, 
here it is again, all 7 ft. sitting smack dab in the middle of my living room…

I {love} it.
I’m not one for leaving wood unpainted but
I’m having a hard time with this one.
{I’m 99% sure I’ll paint the base white but it won’t be the usual easy decision.}
It’s one heavy table and pretty solid for it’s age.
A couple of squirts of wood glue here and there wouldn’t hurt but
the old iron square-cut nails have done their job and served this piece well.
There was one thing I didn’t anticipate though…
It’s about 6-inches lower than the average table.
Unlike today’s relatively standard height tables,
antique tables were made in all shapes and sizes and I should have thought of this!

My thighs fit pretty snug underneath the apron in my cushioned parsons chairs
that have a little give, but not at all in my ladder back chairs.
The husband and I both fit comfortably on either end because of the overhang
but on the sides, I’m pretty much limited to dinner guests that weigh less than 80 pounds.
Yeah. That won’t work.
I prefer not to raise the table up
because I actually adore the look of the shorter height,
so it looks like I’m in the market for smaller chairs.
I’m thinking vintage or antique cafe chairs just might work
as they seem to sit a little lower.
 Source: Dreamy Whites
 No worries.
I love it and I’ll figure it out.
The same lady that sold me the antique farm table
also had a Pottery Barn Kids farm-style table and four chairs for sale.
Didn’t think twice about painting this one.
I’m not quite finished, but here’s a general sense of where I’m going with it…
…and it’s looking so sweet!

I won’t tell you how much I practically stole those tables for
but I will share how much I paid for these beautiful turned wood lamps
that I found at a thrift shop this morning.
$14. 99 for the pair!
I couldn’t believe it.
I never find matching lamps at a thrift shop.
A little paint and wax,
pewter on those brass bases,
and crisp white drum lamp shades,
and they will be GORGEOUS.
I think it’s safe to say that May has been my month.
Enough about me.
What about you?
Have you found anything awesome?


  1. That table is so great! I’m with you…I prefer painted furniture but in the case of that table…I think you should seriously think about it. Lighten it with the chairs you choose. I think I would NOT paint it. That wood is too old and beautiful. I know you can make it work and end up happier with it in the end. Just look around pinterest for inspiration. I really can’t believe I’m saying this because I usually want to paint everything.

    Also those lamps were a fantastic score! I can totally see them painted. They’ll be super great.

  2. Diane Mars says:

    i once found a beautiful Vintage table and chairs and the same problem the table was rather short… darn we ended up re-selling it.

  3. Love your tables…can’t wait to see them finished.
    Good luck on your search to find the “perfect” chairs.

  4. Wow, you have been on a roll, Jami! Great finds; those lamps are fantastic. I never see anything that nice {forget finding a pair} at the thrift stores I go to.

  5. I love the table Jamie~if you are considering a comfortable chair that has a frenchy bistro chair look, you might check out Pier One Imports~I am doing an ad campaign for them and I just bought a pair…they are a grey washed slat, that looks like wood, but it is made out of a composite….and it is more substantial than the traditional smaller french flea market chair…I love them. I can measure the height for you when I unpack them later today~

  6. Melissa says:

    Have you considered benches?

  7. Susan says:

    Your table is gorgeous! I have one lamp like yours, I found it at Goodwill. I have been looking for another one ever since. The one sits in my attic waiting for its mate. Its kind of sad really.

  8. I love love your tables!! What fun finds ~ I totally need to start watching Craigslist :)

  9. Jill Elaine says:

    I love lower tables too – maybe because I’m not so tall! So when you find new chairs it will be so cool! And I love what you are doing with the kids table and chairs:)

  10. Serendipity. says:

    That table is GORGEOUS just the way that it is! If you have to do something to it, consider just wiping on some furniture refinisher with steel wool and then wax. As for chairs, I’ve been collecting “Tell City” chairs for awhile, you can still find them for under $15 each. The seat height is 16 3/4 inches versus the 18 or so of today. Pier 1 and Ikea both have bistro type chairs. Hope this helps. xo

  11. Anne says:

    LOVE that table.Can’t wait to see it all finished up.Those lamps are way cool.I know painted up and different shades will make them even cooler!You are getting lucky.No finds for me.I need to get out shopping.

  12. Rona Gregory says:

    Love the table…can’t you just shorten the legs of all your chairs? only kidding!

    Love the lamps too.

  13. Vintage Home says:

    Stunning table …wonderful finds!
    We used to have an antique harvest table that we used always…but as the kids got older we needed to replace it to fit their bodies & those of their friends!! What we did do is had wooden coaters made for under the feet, we could also have replace the vintage wheels with large industrial ones! But we loved the height!
    Your table is amazing looking !

  14. What a wonderful month of May, I need to go on a lamp hunt and see if I get lucky!

  15. Beth says:

    The farm table. Yum. jealous. craig’s list? Lucky. Love it. Love it. Love it!!!

  16. What about adding vintage wheels to the table to add a little height? You can get the kind that lock so your table won’t be sliding around. Just a thought…
    Your kids table is looking fab! And I can’t wait to see you work your magic on the thrift store lamps!

  17. lynn says:

    i was thinking of the old wheels on the legs, too–such a fab table, jami:)

  18. Jami,

    LOVE the farm table. I am kicking myself because I came across a pair of lamps exactly like those at Good Will but Thomas was with me and convinced me I didn’t need to add anything to my to do list {I think the actual word he used was ‘hoard’}

    Your Friend,

  19. Sherry says:

    The table is FABULOUS and such wonder finds! I found you on Common Grounds and I’m now following.

  20. Deanne says:

    The white looks fabulous!

  21. I love all your great finds! I’ve been studying the picture of the chair you’ve started painting. Do you use a brush or spray? I’m contemplating painting an old chair with spindles like that, and I’m just not sure what the best method is…

  22. Jody.Kippels says:

    They have those types of chairs at Kmart (yes Kmart) in their garden department! love the table BTW!

  23. What a gorgeous table, paint the bottom, but please leave that beautiful top alone. And to raise it slightly, put some antique furniture wheels on it. Most antique tables have them, and it will raise it up at least an inch. I’ve done that before, and it made a difference. Great score!!!!

  24. How2home says:

    really lovely table i think if you use benches it’ll look a lot better and i think i has a cozier look to it as well! but either way, great find!

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