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Old 11-18-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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Nothing on it but an occasional cat. It is part of our daily life. It took SO 30 minutes to pick table and chairs. Plain table which fits nicely into the dining corner, Castle Bromwich by Theodor Alexander
WiltonArmetale platters make great chargers and sit on cork rounds when they are heated.
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Yeah, I definitely have those thoughts which is why this is not a clear choice for me. But this is also a table being moved into a new home with a new configuration. When I bought it, it wasn't with the intention of daily use. Now, 7 years later in a new house with a different floor plan, I would not have bought the same table. But it's what I have and there are too many other things I need to buy to replace it.

Another possibility is to refinish the top with a stronger sealer, to provide a bit more protection. I need to look into how much that would be as I'm not sure I would do a good enough job myself to be happy with it.
So, maybe if I were you, since you and the family use this every day, I would just let the life you live be reflected in the surface of the table. Let it develop a patina over the years.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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I've always kept my dining room table covered with the table pads and then a table cloth over that. When I had my last house staged for showings, I took off the covers and left the beautiful cherry wood showing.

I'm getting ready to move into my new house and part of me wants to be able to look at the beautiful cherry wood every day, like it looked in the staged house. But I'm afraid of the wood getting damaged from daily use.

For those with nice wooden dining room tables, what do you do? Do you protect the wood with a cover, with the trade off that you don't get to enjoy looking at it? Or do you go with the "nice things are made to be used" approach and figure the enjoyment you get is worth the possible wear and damage?

My mom has a beautiful table and to save it she had a custom beveled edge glass top made for it...It has these little felt pads so the wood can breath underneath but you can't see em they match the wood...
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