When it came to decorating our home, Mr. Lively was willing to go with my design aesthetic except for one major demand:
No glass topped furniture.
Which meant my bachelorette dining table top didn’t stand a chance.
We first considered selling the Ikea table entirely and ordering a new, rustic table. Room and Board has a table with the look we wanted, but the price was so high we decided keeping the base and customizing the top would give us the look for a lot less.
Once we decided to keep the base and donate the top, we researched wood workers to get a custom-sized wood surface. This wasn’t as easy as we initially expected. We found a few local places that did great work, but didn’t have the style we desired. Then we searched online.
Many inquires later, we chose Union Furnishings on Etsy.
The Union team was amazing and offered us a great price. They also made sure that we had our top in time for our family party over Thanksgiving (which we greatly appreciated!).
Overall the experience of creating a semi-custom piece was pretty incredible. It isn’t always the cheapest option, but in our case we got the (more expensive) look we wanted, enjoyed supporting the craftsmen, and retained a base we already had.
So the next time you designing a space, keep in mind that you may be able to get unique look by altering an existing piece or commissioning a craftsman to do something just for you.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
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