I was at Tractor Supply the other day looking for garden supplies. While I was there, this little beauty caught my eye:
Earlier, I had been discussing my future kitchen/dining room plans with my sisters. (You can read about that here.) I am planning to build a banquette along the long wall of my dining room. My current table is an antique Duncan Phyfe. Every child-inflicted nick and gouge kills me, so I want to replace it with something a little more kid friendly. I figure if I start out with something distressed, kid-damage will just be enhancing it, right? Like adding patina.
So a farmhouse table seemed like the way to go. I found an Ana White plan I really liked here. The chunky legs were what sold me. I thought it gave it a modern edge despite the rustic materials. When I told my sisters about it, they pointed out that a classic farm table would be a real knee-banger for whoever was sitting on the banquette, and a pedestal would be way better. They were totally right, of course. But how would I build a pedestal that didn't look totally DIY?
Enter the galvanized stock tank. I think it could make a totally cool table base. It is only 24 inches tall, so I would have to come up with five to six more inches to make it standard height, but I think I could cover that with a wooden base and the height of the tabletop itself. If I was feeling particularly ambitious, I could even punch holes in the sides and put a light inside. How cool would that be?
T thinks it would be too rustic and wouldn't go with the rest of our house. I think the contemporary eclectic style of our decor could handle it. What do you think?