Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:22 PM EST
Having just bought a house that's considerably larger than the shoebox condo I currently reside in, I'm now hunting for new furniture, specifically a dining table. And I must say, it's exciting not to be looking for condo-sized or space-saving pieces. My boyfriend and I both love the look of a rustic harvest table and have been shopping everywhere from malls to online classified ads on Craigslist and Kijiji. Since online furniture ads change quickly, I've focused this post on major retailers and local crafts people.
I've also included only recycled or reclaimed wood tables because not only are they much more interesting looking, they're trendy AND friendly to the environment, which really, should always be in fashion.
Major Retailers: Pottery Barn Vs. Urban Barn
From Left: Pottery Barn Rainier Recycled Wood Dining Table, $1,299; Urban Barn Irish Coast Rectangular Dining Table, $749
Pottery Barn's Rainier table is 72 inches long and extends to 96 inches with leaves.It's made of reclaimed FSC-certified (forest stewardship council) pine. Urban Barn's Irish Coast table doesn't come with leaves but at 71 inches long, it should easily fit your family for dinner. It is also made with reclaimed pine and all the hardware is also recycled.
Local Crafts People: HD Threshing Floor Furniture Vs. The Pine Store
From left: HD Threshing Floor Furniture St. Clements table, $2,400; The Pine Store barn board table, $650 - $1050
HD Threshing Floor Furniture in Cambridge, Ontario sells their six foot harvest tables for $2,400 finished or $1,600 unfinished. This includes one drawer plus your option of custom or pre-selected legs. The Pine Store in Toronto sells reclaimed barn board tables, handcrafted by local Mennonite families in one, two or three-inch thicknesses and six foot tables range in price from $650 to $1050.