I am going to have to write quickly today because I must admit that I am running a bit behind today. There is so much to accomplish and the hours and minutes are just relentless.
We have had a couple of exciting days here. Besides all of the things that I have to finish up for getting out in the mail, I had a couple of wood orders to make (that is GOOD!) and got them finished and sent. I was just settling down to work on my own Christmas gifts when I saw something on my Facebook news feed that caught my attention. It seemed that one of my friends in the area was selling her beautiful kitchen table and chairs set.
I have been looking for a new kitchen and table for a little bit now. Although ours was adequate, it really wasn’t the style that I wanted and didn’t match the rest of our furniture. Little by little over the past year or so we have been upgrading one thing at a time – our couch, our bedroom set, our bathroom, etc.
Since our living room and kitchen are ‘open concept’ and are the heart of our little place here, we spend most of the time in these rooms and I wanted something that was a little more updated. I had just taken a picture the other day when my painting group was showing their places where they paint. I usually paint at the table, overlooking the living room:
While it did the job, I really wanted something more streamlined to go with our decor. We have mostly brown/black neutrals in both our kitchen and living area. When I saw the table set on Facebook and that my friend was selling it, I jumped on it immediately. It looked exactly like what I had pictured in my mind. She was selling it because she felt it was too large for her kitchen, and since she lived alone and didn’t have any kids or many using it daily, it was pretty much in “new” condition.
Long story short, we took the ride out there yesterday and picked it up. We got home last night and set it up (it needed to be disassembled) and put it into place. I think it looks wonderful! :)
It is a little taller than our other table (bistro style I think they call it) and much heavier and more substantial. It has a built in leaf which pops up from underneath, which saves us from having to store the extensions and when in place will make the table 55” square. Folded as shown, it has the same surface as our previous table with the leaves installed.
I am really excited about it, as I feel it is a beautiful addition to our place here.
It is also nicer because as you see, the four chairs fit very nicely tucked underneath. Our other chairs were bowed a bit and we wound up keeping only two here at our place. As a result, when we had unexpected guests, we were a bit short of seating. Even when we planned, we had to ask them to bring their own chairs.
By the time everything was set up, it was after 10pm. I was going to update my “shop” page on the Lumberjocks site and had some other photos of where I work for both there and the painting group. It seems that as creative people, we all like to see each others’ work spaces and where we create.
I know it is only a table and chairs, but for me, it is thrilling! My dear auntie Dorothy had made me several beautiful table runners like the one you see in the photo, and they look beautiful on the new table. It is just another way to make our little place here a wonderfully comfortable home.
I hope to get a lot of things done today, and I am already running behind. But taking the trip was well worth it to me and I love my place here even more. Today will be a wonderfully creative and fun filled day – as I have lots of “elf tasks” planned.
I hope you all have a wonderful day as well.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"