Wow. I guess I hated our black dining room so much I can't find a good picture of it to show you. This is actually the photo I put on craigslist last month when I put the table and chairs up for sale. (Click directly on the photo to go to the Flickr page and read the notes about the room.)
OK, I realize there are some out there who might be saying "Sell? I like it? Why sell it? Don't you ever stop?"
Oh wait, that's Peter saying that...
We bought this table, chairs, and buffet for our last house and it was a perfect fit at the time. There was a large, bright, and airy front room that spanned the width of the house, used for the living room and dining room. The black was a really nice contrast to the furniture in the front of that room, gave it some separation, and plus, it just felt "grown up" to us (our first real grown up type of furniture...not a hand me down or bachelor piece that came with us).
But, in this house, it's just never worked. The size worked, but the only light that comes into this room is eastern light from the french doors, and the light is angled just perfectly enough to show every. piece. of. dust. that hits those black surfaces.
And I hate to dust.
Plus the formal, dark feel doesn't really fit us anymore. Anyone who's been here for dinner knows we're casual people.
So, there you have it, the state of affairs we began with in this room. In the photo above, I had already had the light fixture over the table changed (thank you IKEA) and it looks loads better. But, we have now changed the table and more is to change very soon. Stay tuned...