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a hard wearing white high gloss table ...

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snowmummy Fri 26-Oct-12 14:36:56

does such a thing exist? If so where did you buy it?

Thanks.

PigletJohn Fri 26-Oct-12 15:22:59

laminated top (formica-type stuff) would do it.

you might find one in a catering supplier; otherwise laminate can be glued to a tabletop (preferably ply) surprisingly easily. You need very sharp tools to cut it and smooth the edges if you can find a joiner or shopfitter he has probably used the technique in kitchens, especially commercial ones. Or depending on size you could just buy a length of kitchen Breakfast Bar.

you can buy laminated ply and laminated chipboard by the sheet, but it is usually intended for cabinet sides so not as thick and strong a layer as you will want for a tabletop. There is probably a laminate dealer on an industrial estate in your nearest town who can help.

If you get a lacquered top if it will be nowhere near as hard wearing.

indiegrrl Fri 26-Oct-12 18:23:58

Hi, you could try designer furniture shops, I don't know your budget but that's what we did and got some friendly, knowledgeable and down to earth advice, and a top quality table. We bought a high gloss white table with silver legs from a shop called utility (it is in Liverpool and London but they deliver anywhere and are very helpful on the phone). It is now about ten yrs old and we're prob going to sell it as we're moving to a new place with a smaller dining area, and this is quite big, seats 6-8. I'd say there is a part of me breathing a sigh of relief but another part that regrets losing it because it is sooo beautiful...if you can live with a few scratches I think you'll be ok. Go for quality if you can afford it because the good quality stuff is hardwearing. The major flaw on ours is a 1cm chunk taken out at the edge by plasterers, but that happened 5 yrs ago and I don't think we ever noticed it after one week of fury. I think we paid about 2k for ours, but if the buyers of our place don't want to buy it we're going to sell the whole set for a few hundred quid - PM me if you are interested, otherwise I really do recommend somewhere like utility.

lalalonglegs Fri 26-Oct-12 19:27:33

You can get Eero Saarinen knock-offs on ebay and "tribute" furniture websites. My friend has one and it seems fine. Ikea also do a version but I can't vouch for its durability.

PigletJohn Fri 26-Oct-12 22:10:06

I see the Docksta says

"Table top: Fibreboard, Acrylic paint"

which means painted MDF, so will not be particularly strong or hardwearing. White laminate (as used on kitchen worktops) will wear much better.

snowmummy Sun 28-Oct-12 01:08:47

thanks for your replies

is the white laminate worktop stuff high gloss?

PigletJohn Sun 28-Oct-12 07:57:28

Available in gloss, satin or matt.

flossy101 Sun 28-Oct-12 07:58:27

I got mine from dwell

SkiBumMum Sun 28-Oct-12 07:59:23

We have a m&s one and it's chipped v easily.

SecondhandRose Sun 28-Oct-12 09:08:35

I have got the Dwell one that works like an ironing board, different heights and also doubles in size from coffee to dining table. £399.

BeehavingBaby Sun 28-Oct-12 09:13:12

Not the 'Jasper' one from John Lewis!

Not very high gloss but as soon as DD3 becomes controllable I am going to buy one from UntoThisLast - apparently they're formica strength.

Would white glass work for your idea?

snowmummy Sun 28-Oct-12 15:40:18

I really want high gloss. We have one from Dwell that is going back as the laminate has chipped and is peeling and we've had it all of two weeks. They have been very unhelpful! I wondered if there were any better ones out there. I think I may have found one its cheap - Habitat - and so wouldn't mind too much if we have to replace it in a few years or so.

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