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    Default Non-wood kitchen/dining table?

    We tend to end up eating in our kitchen, even when we entertain, and Iíd like a table that seats 8 comfortably and, ideally, could expand to fit even more. The problem is that I just wonít do wood anymore. My kids have totally destroyed the old dining room table weíve been using in the kitchen. It doesnít help that DH is responsible for dinner clean up and often doesnít pick up the placemats or double check for potential water on the table. Last night a placemat sat on top of a water spill all night, and half the table is covered with white water staining. I need a surface that is indestructible. Iíve shied away from zinc because Iím worried I wonít like seeing the patina-forming process and will get upset like I do with the wood. Also, Iíd love to have an expandable table, but Iíd be willing to give that up, I guess, to have a nicer table for every day. Iím not a fan of anything ornate, but Iím happy with a touch of rustic. I just canít risk wood any more, though. If I had to go sleek and modern, I would, just to avoid the emotional pain of ruined furniture! Any suggestions?


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    almostmom is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    What about this:
    https://www.crateandbarrel.com/parso...roduct-reviews

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    https://www.crateandbarrel.com/parso...-tables/f74391

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    https://www.crateandbarrel.com/parso...-tables/f58903

    I will say I just bought a wood table at Cost Plus World Market for really cheap (they have great sales), so while it seems to have a great finish that water doesn't touch, if it does get ruined in a few years, at $300, I'm ok with that.
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    Ours is round and only seats 4, so not what you're looking for, but I LOVE our marble top kitchen table. It is where we do all the messy stuff like play doh, (washable) watercolors and markers, etc. in addition to eating when we don't have extra people in our house.
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    The Crate and Barrel tables look promising. Iíd be fine with wood as long as I didnít have to fuss over it. Iím so tired of being the table police!!! I just want a table that doesnít get ruined every time someone puts a glass down without a coaster!


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    What about a table pad and tablecloth? Just for these years and then voila! You get your pretty table back.


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    We had our wood table refinished with s polyurethane type finish. Easy peasy. No more worrying about water or wet messes.

    Tablecloth was a disaster for us. Always dirty or wet. I like something I can wipe clean.
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    We have a vintage table with a laminate wood grain top. My parents bought it 100 years ago and it is not beautiful but it is INDESTRUCTIBLE.


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    Default Non-wood kitchen/dining table?

    Quote Originally Posted by georgiegirl View Post
    We had our wood table refinished with s polyurethane type finish. Easy peasy. No more worrying about water or wet messes.

    Tablecloth was a disaster for us. Always dirty or wet. I like something I can wipe clean.
    Was this a resin finish? Where did you take it to get it done?

    I hate tablecloths, and they donít work anyway. If you want protection from water, you need to use pads or a waterproof underlay. I use placemats on my wood table, but accidents still happen, and itís just not practical for my kids. I cannot tell you how much I would LOVE not to have to worry about coasters, placemats, etc. I would even go the ugly laminate route if I could find something. So far, the Crate and Barrel tables are all Iíve found that are not super modern but have concrete or solid surface options. There are other concrete top tables Iíve found, also stainless steel, copper, and zinc, but I worry those will get rings from glasses or scratches or the like. Maybe coating a wood table with something would work best.

    ETA: Iíve seen some quartz topped tables, too, but theyíve either been too small or too large. I need something under 80Ē but over 70Ē. Is love something expandable, but the surfaces Iím looking at donít come in expandable options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 123LuckyMom View Post
    Was this a resin finish? Where did you take it to get it done?

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    We had a wood refinishing/painting company do it. We were having our wooden window frames refinished and I asked one of the guys about it. They took our table and brought it back a week later. I canít remember exactly what they did, but the guy said it was the same finish that wooden bars have. I think it was polyurethane, but I canít remember. It does have some scratches (because a certain toddler rubbed rocks on the table), but thereís zero water damage. And itís been at least 3 years. My kids do everything on that table (including making slime), and other than a few scratches, it looks great.



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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiegirl View Post
    We had a wood refinishing/painting company do it. We were having our wooden window frames refinished and I asked one of the guys about it. They took our table and brought it back a week later. I can’t remember exactly what they did, but the guy said it was the same finish that wooden bars have. I think it was polyurethane, but I can’t remember. It does have some scratches (because a certain toddler rubbed rocks on the table), but there’s zero water damage. And it’s been at least 3 years. My kids do everything on that table (including making slime), and other than a few scratches, it looks great.

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    We have the same going on 5 years and I have never had an issue with water even with water trapped under a placemat. At an angle in the light, you can see indents in one area where DS2 would bang his fork and other items. It think it's in the poly finish and not the wood itself, but you have to look for it.

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