Yay! I’m excited right now because my hubby just picked up my new tulip table for our kitchen! I found this baby on Craigslist on Thursday and called right away crossing my fingers that it hadn’t already been sold. Lucky for me there had been another call on it but that person couldn’t come out to see it until Saturday (sorry person). I literally jumped up and down when I got off the phone! I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a tulip table for quite a while now, hoping to score something under $200 which I know is a stretch for such an iconic table. I have seen a few come and go (very quickly) on Craigslist but they’ve never been in my price range. I also have been eyeballing the Ikea version (their Docksta table) shown here…
…for $179 but I wasn’t thrilled about the fact that it is made out of fiberglass and only 41″ in diameter. If I were in a smaller apartment with just my hubby I’d probably do it. But with kiddos and a decent sized kitchen, I really wanted something more substantial in size and durability.
I’ve been drooling (and dreaming) over the Saarinen Tulip Table (the real Mc’Coy) that you see parading all over design mags. This one here is a marble top (I wish) in size 48″ for about $1100. A tiny bit pricey for me I’d say…but hey…a girl can dream right?
The tulip table is a classic chic shape that looks just DIVINE paired with just about any kind of chair. Here are a few of my favorite examples:
This is sort of a traditional eclectic room with a mid century modern twist. Here the table is paired with the original tulip chairs.
Here is one of my favs. This is a Jonathan Adler room (done for Liz Lange’s home). Love the green!
In the pic below the table has been paired up with some old-school bentwood cafe chairs. Reminds me of an ice cream parlor. So cute.
I’m in love with this pairing of the tulip table with some robin’s egg blue Louis XV upholstered dining chairs.
This pic from most resembles the combo I’m going for. I love the punchy distressed wooden chairs with the sleek white table.
I could keep on posting all the awesome combos but I’ll just give you this last one. I love these graphic upholstered chairs!
So you see, the tulip table is quite the chameleon and a fabulous compliment to any style. And I OWN ONE. Albeit not the glamorous Saarinen original, but I’m pretty happy with my pretty little vintage baby. Want to meet her? Here she is!
Yes, she is a little thicker on the top, and not quite a seamless as her celebrity friend, but I love her anyway. My tulip table has a metal base and a white laminate top. I’m thinking that one day (once my kids have grown a bit and all their damage has been done) I will replace the top with something bigger and thinner. This table is about 43″ across and comfortably fits our four farmhouse pressed back chairs. The table actually did come with chairs but I like ours better to make it less “matchy matchy” although I do want to repaint our chairs in some shade of lime green I decided to really make them pop. The table and four chairs all cost me $150! Heres a look at the chairs that came with it:
Pretty fun eh?! They were owned by the same couple since the 70’s so they do sort of smell like old people and moth balls but I think they’ll air out after a few days. They are white vinyl and I do think I will be keeping two of them because I love the lines and could use them around the house. The other two I will be reselling and think I probably can make back around $100 for the pair. Which means that in the end my table will have cost me only $50! Then, I need to sell my old table…so really when alls said and done I might be making a profit out of the whole ordeal. 🙂 My hubby would be thrilled about that (especially since he didn’t super love the idea of buying a new table when we already had one “that works fine”). My poor hubby. He loves me too much and always gives in!
Anyway, so thats my new kitchen table. I love her and think that she is a great addition to our home! When I get the chairs painted and new lighting (I’m thinking of making something new) I’ll post more pics. But for now, here she is again! Hope you all had a great weekend and come back soon! I’m going to be busting out some more tutorials this week!