It's the end of an era and part of me is sad. Tim built us a massive (nearly 8ft long!) table 10 years ago. He used extra wood from our wood floors and we eventually stained it and painted the skirting and legs.
A lot of live was lived with this table. It was so big that we could have two sewing machines set up and cut fabric at the other end of the table. When we did a Home Ec class four girls with sewing machines worked at the table at the same time!
We could fit 14 people around this table using benches on the sides and two chairs at each end. We often did. Sunday gatherings here, family dinners every night, holiday meals.
I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
Tim and I have been talking for over a year about getting a smaller table. The one he made was massive and hard to get around sometimes, especially with a house full of people. Lindsay and Joseph had bought a nice used dining set, when they got married, and we've always liked it. With them moving into the apartment at my parents house this past weekend, they were selling it. We decided to buy it and now it sits in our kitchen.
It's 48" round without a leaf in it. There are three 12" leaves for the table and we have 6 matching chairs. Right now we have the table set up with one leaf in it.
It's really great in our space, but with one leaf it looks so SMALL!
It is perfect with my English Country House Style, and we do really like it. Now I think I need to find a rug for under the table!
Have you ever said goodbye to a beloved piece of furniture?