How Durable Are Lacquered Dining Tables?

In my quest to complete my green and gray dining room, I've gravitated towards a few different lacquered tables. After reading a few reviews and comments online, though, I've been reconsidering that option.

My soon-to-be pale gray dining room already has a fair amount of wood — original pine flooring and a walnut sideboard, that is. I'd like to incorporate a distinctly different (non-brown) color and a new texture. My first choice was the Strut Table by Blu Dot, but recent comments over on Making it Lovely have made that seem like a downright bad idea. Scratching and chipping — despite the use of placemats — was the biggest complaint.

When I visited a local Crate & Barrel to check out their eerie similar "Walker" table, the salesperson suggested avoiding their gray and red lacquer and going for white. Her thinking was that it would be easier to match the color if I did need to cover up scratches. Bottom line, though, seems to be that a lacquered table just isn't durable in the long run.

Have you owned a lacquered dining table? How has it held up? Have you considered covering it with glass or plexiglass?

Image: Janel Laban