Wood Pedestal Dining Tables

February 3rd, 2015

I’m a huge fan of mixing wood dining tables and white chairs in different styles so I’m seeking that same look in this dining nook in progress. I just love these chairs that I found at a thrift store, they were a great score, I paid $60 for the four, the back detail is so pretty but I don’t love the honey hue so I’m going to prime and spray paint them gloss white and recover the seats in a fun fabric.

table and chairs

This table is another $40 thrift store find but it’s a veneer top not solid wood top so I’m hesitant to sand and restain, and if I paint it that is too much white in here, so I decided to move this one to the sunroom/office. More importantly, I prefer a pedestal in a breakfast nook because of the constant chairs scooting in and out so I’m on the hunt for a reasonably priced wood version.

Something extendable would be wonderful, it does need to be large enough to sit six people with two more chairs or stools. It also needs to be guest and family friendly since it will take a beating from kids, summer sun, and potential future tenants.

The top three are the most budget friendly (under $600), they go up in price from there, here are some favorite wood pedestal dining tables for your (and my) consideration:

wood pedestal dining tables

 

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There’s always the DIY option as well, I love Jaime’s pedestal project and we have built a X base wood table before, I’ll decide to buy or DIY soon. If you’re looking for inspiration for your dining room or nook, check out my Pinterest board on the topic.

Any other tables you can suggest as a great pedestal for this dining space ?

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Kitchen Cabinet Installation

February 2nd, 2015

*This post in partnership with CliqStudios.

There is that turning point in a kitchen remodel when you can actually start to visualize the completed space and for me it’s always when the cabinets are installed. Last weekend when I was in Las Vegas I checked in on the kitchen remodel progress and was so excited to see the space coming together with the cabinets in place!

The fully assembled cabinets were delivered in January by truck and we unpacked and inspected each one, then then brought them into the house to acclimate. Instead of an all white kitchen I opted for blue gray bases and white uppers. With white countertops and a variegated blue gray tile backsplash, this kitchen will be a stunner when complete! (Find sources for the kitchen cabinets in part one of this remodel series).

I chose upper cabinets instead of open shelving to maximize storage, I like to include a series of glass fronts for display, I think they feel less heavy than all solid doors and also provide open shelf style storage but protected behind glass.

kitchen cabinet installation

Our upper cabinets and bases were installed with a 30 ¼” space between them to allow for the range and hood to slide in but it left a gap on the left side so instead of trimming the gap we’re going to fill it in with sheetrock instead to make it seamless.

range cabinet fill gap with sheetrock

I chose drawers instead of cabinet doors to the left of the range for cookware, and LOVE the soft close drawers that slide in on their own. You can see the painted sides of the cabinet where they are exposed and the sides where they are not.

We’ve installed kitchen cabinets before for the Alma project remodels (here and here) but opted for a professional finish carpenter in this case for a few reasons. 1) To save time since I was out of town when it happened, my Dad supervised and snapped some pictures in my absence. 2.) Precision was so important since a level revealed the floors, walls, and ceilings weren’t straight and 3.) There were two angles in the kitchen at the sink base and in a corner and a finish carpenter would make it all right for the countertop installers. On top of the install, they had to trim the backs of two cabinets and construct the refrigerator frame and they did an amazing job.

professional installation

I asked Joe (the finish carpenter) what his opinion was on the quality of the CliqStudios cabinets since he’s installed them all in his 30+ years experience. He told me that because they have plywood sides and a full back, soft close drawers, nickel plated steel hinges, and smooth enamel paint, the cabinets are excellent quality.

In the old kitchen there were cabinets that surrounded the fridge, I had two problems with this scenario: the upper cabinets were too shallow and the refrigerator too deep. See how it sticks out beyond the arched opening?

fridge before

We moved the old refrigerator out into the garage and replaced it with another gently used one my Dad found for us (his friend was moving). This one is cabinet depth so that it can sit inside a 24” frame.

The new refrigerator cabinet is also 24” deep, but we still need to add some shelves (DIY project!) to the left and recess the electrical outlet and water line so that the refrigerator will sit inside the frame. It allows for panels so we will make them at some point (DIY project!) but for now the white is perfectly fine. Also unseen is a 3” edge on the other side to allow for a full door swing. The fridge no longer blocks the entry and is a big improvement on what was there before!

refrigerator add shelves and recess plugs

 

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