December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Bargain Round Pedestal Style End Table

Hola darlings!

This winter season - never ending (well below zero again today, and I spent 40 minutes this morning clearing a path from the front door to the road after the latest snowfall) has DEPRESSED me to no end.  Everyone around here (in southeastern Wisconsin) is at the end of their ropes.  We are used to winters, but this one - well, let me just say that this winter has sucked big time. Meteorological spring may have arrived, but physical spring is probably 3 months away.  Sigh. 

To cheer myself up, I decided that I'd finally had enough of the cheapo inexpensive fiberboard table with the screw in legs that is meant to be covered with a 70" round table cloth that has been placed in various rooms throughout Maison Newton for the past 24 years.  I wanted something different.  Something more elegant, something in a finished wood that would "go" with the mish-mash of wood finishes (and styles) I have in the front room!

No small task.  I have different eras of oriental, I have Queen Anne, I have an American interpretation of an English traditional mantel and firebox surround.  I have finishes that range from a rustic pine chou (chow) leg coffee table a massive 36" inches square to a burl-wood inlaid desk to a rosewood finished curio cabinet, and more. I love each piece so much, I cannot imagine parting with any of them so, the mish-mash remains.

I shopped online at  Oh my, oh my!  I saw so many gorgeous pieces of furniture, most of them far away from my budget.  Here are some of the tables that caught my eye:

This beautiful table is by Stein World (above) and is currently listed at $390 with free shipping.  It is 31" tall and 32" wide! It is not solid wood, but made of wood (unspecified) and MDF with a gold-painted finish on the accents. I love the "Empire" look!  But -- too large for my space, and too expensive for my budget for one table.  The black would also introduce yet another finish into my front room and, well, I just don't need any more (gee, ya think so, Jan???)

This Wayborn end table is lovely, but also a little too large for my space.  I liked the finish, but I thought the styling on the feet was a bit wonky, like they were too small for the size of the table, something about the proportions didn't strike my eye as quite right.  29" tall, 28" wide.  The table apron is finished along the bottom edge.  Nice!  No specs were given so I have no idea what material this table is made out of, only that it has a "hand Mahogany finish."  It is priced at $189.49 and comes with free shipping, but shipping is between 1-2 weeks out from order date:

I thought the table below was pretty, but was unsure about the overall quality, as there was only one review and it was "luke-warm."  This is the International Caravan Windsor Hand Carved End Table.  It is $158.39 with free shipping.  I like the color and the curvy styling with the additional little "curves" at the end of the legs.  Dimensions are 25" tall and 22" diameter.  I liked the added shelf at the bottom.  The bottom part of the table apron is also nicely finished with a slight round lip.  It has a "dual Walnut stain finish" (I've no idea what that means) and is carved "wood" - type of wood unspecified:

Carolina Cottage has several lines of reasonably priced tables.  Here is one that caught my eye, the Gilda end table in a chestnut finish, and the price is nice at $112.  It is 25-1/4" tall and 19-1/2" wide.  It is wood (unspecified) and MDF:

I liked the height, but I wanted something about 25" wide.  I thought the pedestal feet would complement the curvy legs on my Queen Anne console table, and the finish would blend with the other wood finishes in my front room.  I liked that this table had a finished edge at the bottom of the apron.  I also thought the pedestal itself might be a little too "country."  The Gilda table comes in three finishes:  the one shown here (chestnut), a distressed cream, and a distressed black.  The chestnut finish comes with free two-day shipping.  Notice the nice finishing detail of the "ball" at the base of the pedestal. 

Here is the Mega Home Large Burl End Table, although I cannot attest that this is actually made of burl wood. As far as I know, actual burl wood is expensive these days, and is usually veneered because of its cost and relative scarcity -- real burl wood, that is.  It is a nicely-designed table, though, and I liked the "walnut" finish. It is 26" tall and 24" wide - good dimensions for where and what I want to use it for.  Priced at $103.29 with free shipping.  The design is "contemporary," but I thought the curvy feet would nicely complement my Queen Anne console table.  The only drawback was that it did not have a finishing "edge" at the bottom of the table apron, I thought that would have added a lot to the look:

After looking at many more end tables (until my eyes felt like they were about to fall out), here is the table that I purchased:

This is the Hazelwood Home Early American End Table in a "mahogany finish" and, hold on to your hats, it is priced at $55 with free shipping.  For this price you do not get a table made from 100% real wood.  It is wood (unspecified) and MDF.  It is advertised as 25" tall and 24" wide.  I measured the table once I had it assembled.  The height is 25-1/2" tall and it is 23-1/2" wide.

It arrived at my doorstep in two days as promised, for free, was delivered on February 28th. I unboxed it and let it rest in the warm air of the house for a few hours before assembling it.  All I needed was a Phillips head screw driver and my hands.

The table went together easily just following the single line drawn image on the "instructions" that came without words (probably a good thing, considering this is made in China).  I made sure I gave the columns (legs) some extra twists to tighten them up after I'd put the feet on and screwed them in.  I then retightened the screws that hold the feet on before flipping the table right side up.  The table is very sturdy, and not wobbly like some of the reviews at Wayfair noted, so perhaps those buyers did not take the extra step of re-tightening everything once it was "all together."

I am very happy with my $55 table:

LOVE this table!  I think she's very pretty.  She fills the space just right and is a good height for both my taller recliner and the shorter English rolled-arm love seat.  You'll notice that the feet on the table are darker than the rest of the finish.  It's not noticeable at night but in daylight, oh my!  I believe that is because the feet are solid hardwood while the rest of the table is MDF.  So the "mahogany" finish came out two-toned.  That's okay, I rather like it, actually, LOL!  The feet almost look like they've been "dipped" - all the rage right now, n'est ce pas?  I think the table's style and finish "go" very well with the other wood in the room!  Just what I was aiming for. 

I put my own 24" glass topper on, which added another quarter-inch of height and protects the top finish (which one or two reviews said was "easily scratched").  I expropriated the glass round from the cheapo inexpensive table meant to be covered by a round tablecloth that I will now donate to the next charity that calls indicating a truck will soon be coming through the neighborhood. 

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