The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and The Dining Table (Post #29)

Hello again, today I want to show you a little more of the dining area at The Shack.  Last time I showed you my painted game storage chest.  Today I want to discuss the dining table.


BEFORE:  The dining area was sponge painted with gold paint and there were several different moldings at the ceiling, windows and baseboards.   Since then we’ve painted and replaced all the wood trim and the floors.  We even cased out the entry to the kitchen, seen here in its naked before state.

The floor plan in this main living area at The Shack is very open.  The dining area is actually part of the family room space.  It’s really great, because we can be playing games at the dining table, while still watching a movie.  These open floor plans are certainly terrific for entertaining. We really love this feature in a vacation home!


BEFORE:  Because of the open floor plan, the dining table is a super important element at The Shack.  We use it all the time, not just for dining, but for playing games and working puzzles.


When we first moved into The Shack, we brought along this little Hoosier style dining table which was previously a work table and lived in our basement. It was small (and definitely ‘rustic’), but it worked just fine until we could find the perfect table for The Shack.

I was sure I wanted something a little bit larger, to accommodate friends and family for meals and board games.  And I’d still like to keep it rustic, not too formal, in keeping with the vintage mountain house feel I’ve been implementing at The Shack.


In this photo, the ceiling planks have been installed in the dining area, but not the moldings around the ceiling. You can see my painted dresser and bookcase too, and our beautiful hardwood floors at The Shack.

Then one day, I received a notice about a local Estate Sale with this beautiful Ethan Allen table in the listing.

If you visit the Ethan Allen Website, they still sell this same table as the ‘Livingston Dining Table’ which sells for over $ 2,000.00!   You can see it by clicking here:

The Ethan Allen Livingston Dining Table


Here’s a picture of the Ethan Allen Livingston Dining Table. I just love the carved legs and substantial size.  This table measures 44″ Wide x 72″ Long and has a 21″ leaf for those holiday dinners when you need more space.  Plus, the finish color could not be more perfect with our new hardwood floors at The Shack.

So, of course, I snapped up this beautiful estate sale table for a real steal at only $ 200.00!  Can you believe that?!  Of course, the table I bought has some nicks and scratches, but that only adds to the vintage appeal in my opinion.  Plus, that means I won’t worry about messing up my $2,000.00 table every time I sit a glass on it–this table came already broken in!  After all,  I am going for a rustic mountain house feel, so a few dings fit right into The Shack!


Here’s a photo of my new/old table in the dining area at The Shack. The larger size is perfect for the area and the color of the wood stain is just right with our beautiful hardwood floors! You probably noticed I added a bench on one side, and this works out great when we have extra people at The Shack.


In fact, the entire family is enjoying the new table at The Shack. Here’s Silvia, sitting on the bench, enjoying a fun board game alongside everyone else. How fun!


I’ll leave you with this parting image of the wonderful carved legs on my new dining table at The Shack. You can see our planked ceiling in this image too…everything’s coming right along and things are really starting to shape up in our little Poconos cabin.

Thanks again for following along with our progress at The Shack.  There’s still a lot more to share with you, I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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