Besides our couch, the kitchen table is probably used the most piece of furniture we own.
Except it is not actually used for dining.
It is where:
- I work
- I blog
- We dump everything when we come in the door
- The mail gets tossed
- We put stuff from the kitchen to give us room to cook in there
- And on and on
The current kitchen table has been around for a number of years now. I picked it up at a garage sale and it made its first appearance in my apartment during graduate school. I ended up spray painting the legs black and re-staining the top since it was most definitely used as a kid’s table and had been covered in marker.
K used it in his previous apartment and it is now in our apartment.
It has definitely made the rounds.
It’s a fine table. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it does not serve us anymore.
We can only fit two chairs underneath the table. That means only two people can ever sit there. We can never have people over for dinner (we only have 2 chairs anyway), or just sit at the table with more than one other person.
It is time to finally get a bigger kitchen table that can fit 4 adults where at least 2 are not standing up. And one where I did not do such a terrible job staining it. (This was even before last year’s debacle with stripping and staining our kitchen chairs).
Anyway, we want a quality piece of furniture that is going to last us many years, not just a quick fix that looks cute for the moment.
We like the style and look of a lot of West Elm tables, but we are not too keen on the price.
On the other hand, we are also willing to pay more for a quality piece.
For now, I will be been scouring Craigslist for a good deal. Maybe I will even find one at a vintage market this summer. Let me know if you find any!