New coffee table and bonus side tables

When we put the living room back together we already knew the couch wouldn’t work. Once we secured a replacement, we started giving the coffee table the stink eye.

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This bohemuth of a table (it’s 4′ square) has served us well through the years, but the green tinted glass just didn’t work in the freshly painted space. Plus it covered up too much of the rug.

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So the hunt was on. We searched high and low, in person and online, new and vintage. We even ordered a mid century inspired, glass topped table from a flash sale site. But when it came in, we didn’t even unpack the glass all the way because it had the same green tint! Thankfully, we only gave it a chance because of a good return policy.

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A few Sundays ago when it was much to rainy to work on the fence, we hit up a favorite antique mall and (again) walked away empty handed. We only had one more place to check before being resigned to a long wait: The Future Antiques. St Louis lovers of all things mid century know this store well. It’s filled to the brim with high quality MCM goods – everything from housewares to clothes to furniture.

Aaron claims he had a feeling that we’d find the right piece. All I kept thinking was, “Anything mid century will be much too small.” But when we walked into the back furniture room, a long, leggy wood table caught my eye.

We did the usual checks: measure (I’m not the only one who constantly totes around a measuring tape, right?), check for wobble, check for wear, check the price, ask the question “If it doesn’t look perfect in this space, could we use it somewhere else?” (Is that just us, too?)

It passed all the checks, but I was still worried about the size. At times, we maxed out our current 4′ table with snack buffets and reading material. But then we noticed that there were matching side tables nearby. So we did the same checks – price (more than we wanted to spend for all three pieces, but we were falling in love… and rationalizing), size (I worried they were too tall), reuse (possible side tables in the guest bedroom), condition. You already know where this is going because you read the title of this post.

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All three pieces came home with us and we couldn’t be happier. The wood tone is perfect and will be needed when we move the current bar out of the space (foreshadowing). They are solid wood, and they look like they just came from the store. Seriously, we’ve been pondering how 50+ year old tables have nary a scratch on them.

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The legs and rails make the pieces feel light… and leave lots of open space for rug viewing. It’s hard to photograph, but the long sides actually curve up just a bit. This was likely the inspiration for the name: surfboard tables (from Bassett’s Artisan Collection.)

We think those curves are the perfect compliment to the curvy sofa (which is back and OMG! OMG! It’s amazing. Way too many pictures later this week.)

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I did zero staging for this, except to toss some books and a plant on one of the end tables. Hopefully it gives you some sense of scale. The end tables are nice and deep and provide the perfect extra table space. We don’t miss the 4-foot square at all. (If you’re in need of a massive, modern coffee table it’s up on Craigslist right now.)

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Seriously, if you haven’t been to The Future Antiques, get yourself over there (or torture yourself with their new Instagram feed). They have an amazing selection and everything is pristine. Just don’t come back complaining if you spend way to much money there on a Sunday afternoon… I feel your pain.

15 comments
  1. Omg, so jealous. They look so great. I want to touch the smooth surface and feel the quality (which is so evident even in photos). Way to be patient.

    Can’t. Wait. For. The. Sofa.

    Living vicariously through your adventures. Love. xoxo

    1. Thanks! They are seriously in amazing shape. Our current hypothesis is that they were in a formal living room and therefore never touched. We’ve resorted to putting down a fluffy towel on the coffee table when we eat as a means of protection.

      THE SOFA is amazing!!! Can’t wait to share!

  2. Oh I love those tables. I bought my first mcm piece today and I’m just head over heels. You cant beat it. And my husband always teases me about my measuring tape in my purse. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

    1. I saw it on Instagram! I love it! It’s always nice to have a well built piece of furniture that has some history to it. I can’t wait to see how you recover it.

  3. Love the tables. Can’t wait to see the couch. Love ya

    1. Thanks. Thursday!!

  4. SO GORGEOUS! Great find! And I totally have a measuring tape in each of my purses, so if I change them out I won’t accidentally forget it 😉

    1. Nice! That’s how we pack wine openers. One in every piece of luggage…

  5. We also love The Future Antiques … which is where we got our amazing bar … which we weren’t even shopping for, or knew that we needed until we saw it. Love that place!

    1. Awesome! I didn’t realize your bar was from there. We love that place, but it’s dangerous 🙂

  6. Oh, they are perfect! Reminds me of furniture my mom’s aunt and uncle had years ago – sixties era, I think.

    1. Thanks! 60s would be the right era 🙂

  7. i saw your online episode and it was awesome!!! how cool is your home…i can’t wait to see all the updates of the old firehouse…congrats!

    1. Thanks!

  8. […] but not least we scored a sweet mid century planter at The Future Antiques when we picked out our new living room tables. This (rubber?) plant seemed like the perfect addition to our […]

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