It's an antique, solid wood and fits 10-12 when expanded (if not more). Perfect. The switch is scheduled to happen tomorrow. Eventually we will have it refinished in a darker wood tone, but for now, I think this will work just fine.
Of course, a new dining table means a new dining room plan. And today I found (and purchased) a new rug.
It is big (8*11) and $10 at Lowe's (here). I can't attest to the quality, but I figured for $10 I can give it a shot. It's more traditional and not the color scheme I normally veer towards, but upon closer inspection it has some of the grays and greens in my house already and I think I can make it work. I'll try to at least.
I'm trying to find a way to make it less country and more modern since this new plan also has to work with a very modern (new-to-me) black leather couch in the adjacent (totally open) living room. Let's see how that works out. Not sure if I succeeded, but I think it sure is pretty. Thoughts?