A few posts back I shared a tour of my parents Vermont farmhouse . It continues to be a work in progress. Since my last visit a pergola and some outdoor benches built by my dad have been added, but the most exciting new addition is the cantilevered table in the breakfast nook. Temporarily, there was a small table and four rather uncomfortable metal chairs.
The idea was to have a booth with a table but the question was, what kind of table? My parents have always had a white painted kitchen table. Very nice, but not always practical. The knots would eventually bleed through, certain foods would stain it, and newspaper would make an inky mess. I came up with the idea of a metal topped table. The more it gets used, it will develop a lovely patina and better yet, be indestructible! While we were discussing this over dinner at our favorite Vermont pizza restaurant, Christo’s , it occurred to me that the booth table we were sitting at was held up by a cantilevered bracket. No awkward table legs to fuss around and bump your knees on! Brilliant!
A quick google search turned up tablebases.com and my dad ordered the commercial grade large cantilevered table base. It comes in black only so of course my mom painted it white. My dad had to cut out the wall and spray foam insulation to attach the bracket…a 3 hour project.
The metal top turned out to be a bit of a hunt for my folks. They used two ¾” pieces of plywood with a smooth finish top. The first metal workers quoted a price of about $1000 which nearly gave my poor dad a heart attack! Next they went to their local welders who do a lot of auto metal work, Monarch Sheet Metal. The quote to put a piece of 24″ gauge stainless steel onto the existing plywood base was $143. Sold!
I absolutely love the floating table. My mom and I accessorized it with some items she already owned and it is a perfect spot to eat a meal while gazing out at the field and mountains. We are on the lookout for a small rug, and at some point will have 2 large bolster type cushions made for the back. But for now we are loving this cozy breakfast dining nook!