It is a rectangle that seats four people and it can be expanded to seat 6. This was all well and good except that the space for our kitchen table is rather small and not well-suited for a rectangle shaped table.
When the kids want to come in and out of the backdoor, they have to be careful not to open the door into the table. And since they are 4 and 5, being careful doesn't come easily to them. So we have dinged up both the door and the table.
And to make matters worse, because the table is too big for the space, the light above the table is off-center and drives me crazy every time I look at it.
The rectangle table was purchased in 1998 from Rooms To Go and is made of pine. And anyone with pine furniture knows it is cheap (which is why they sell it at Rooms To Go) and that it gets scratched up easily.
And to make matters worse, the chairs were upholstered in a CREAMY WHITE FABRIC!
Why any manufacturer would ever upholster dining room chairs in the first place is beyond me and then to do them in a light fabric is adding insult to injury!
Clearly I bought these before I had kids! It didn't take long for the creamy white fabric to turn a strange shade of gray.
We don't have it in our budget right now to buy a new table and new chairs and with a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old, it isn't practical anyway.
Mom offered us an old table that she had in her basement. I took one look at it and knew it would be perfect.
The table is 100-years-old and made of a sturdy oak. It was actually used in my great grandfather's house so I know this table can withstand the wear and tear of our little family.
But it didn't come with chairs.
So we did what any good students of Dave Ramsey would do - we repainted and reupholstered our existing chairs.
So, not only are we able to incorporate a family heirloom into our decorating, but we updated 6 chairs for under $70!
Now if I can just figure out a way to reupholster our ugly sofas!