This is our trusty old table that graced our former kitchen for nearly 15 years. Phil bought it new in 1992, so it's been around a good 22 years. It's a Tell City set. (Another American furniture business that's unfortunately no longer around.) It still looks like new, even after 22 years of child abuse.
Wait. That didn't come out right.
Here it is in our old house:
It's a nice enough set, but definitely not the style (or size) we need for the new space. And the top is laminate, so no sanding and staining a different color...
Now just hold your water for a sec because I gotta talk about the light fixture. I've only ordered one thing from Pottery Barn (as far as Phil knows) in my whole life, and this is it:
No, I don't have those cool wood beams in my house.
One night I crashed early and my Philly decided to surprise me and get this ALL installed while I peacefully slumbered with the dog's butt in my face. He was super-duper excited the next morning when I staggered out to the kitchen and beheld the sight.
I think my reaction went something like this:
Those were not the droids he was looking for.
I was a little freaked out because the light fixture was almost the same size as our entire kitchen table. I KNEW we weren't keeping that table, but just the sight of them together was enough for me to seriously question my fixture-choosing ability.
In fact, it made me question all kinds of things that day, like, "Why won't my nose hair stop growing?" and, "Why are they also growing on the tops of my toes?"
When feet hibernate in socks all winter long, it can make for an ugly Spring.
Now, hold your water for another sec while I tell you the story of the "new" table. Our
It wasn't buttah few weeks later I saw a used Canadel set advertised in our online ads at work.
Five years old...2 leaves...8 chairs...paid $4000 new.
(Four, zero, zero, zero.) ($4 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Wait for it...
Before you go hating all over me, these were 5 HARD years. They had an entire litter of medium-size children (and a grandpa to boot) beating the heck out of this set. But even with the wear and tear, it's totally worth it.
Here it is in its new space:
The light fixture no longer looks like a circus bear on a unicycle.
We are going to live with the set the way it is for a while to get a feel for how we want to "fix" it. But I AM going to put new fabric on the chairs very soon.
Because I don't like Creepy Chair Face staring at me from the dirty seat cover. Can you see him?
The chair style is really good though.
Originally I thought I would sand down and refinish the top with dark stain (again) and paint everything else, but I am loving the set the way it is. If I painted the chairs, I have no idea what color would look right; I don't think anything light will do.
I like the chairs dark.
But they're rough.
I can't imagine stripping all those chairs down with all those skinny little slats. Paint would be much easier.
We're going to live with it a while and wait for it to tell us what to do.
Poor Philly. Now he has to take orders from me AND the table.
Just a few finishing touches and we're all ready for Easter!
What were you expecting? Some fancy Easter Tablescape?
Clearly you don't know me very well.