While I have nothing against this style of furniture - in fact, I think it's classic and will never go out of style - a formal dining room just didn't fit into our lifestyle anymore. Since we know we will eventually combine our dining room and kitchen into one space, we envision a humungous rustic farm table that is casual enough for daily meals and can also get all fancied up with linens, china and crystal when we entertain.
So rather than move it all, we sold the traditional table, chairs and china cabinet, and figured somewhere down the road when the money tree started producing, we'd buy our big dreamy table. Then a few weeks ago we decided to move our kitchen table into our empty dining room....
and discovered that it looks a tad miniscule in this room. How perfect would my old table, that has two leaves and could seat twelve, have been for this dining room?? I immediately thought of this table and chair makeover by Carmel of Our Fifth House.
While I have painted just about everything else over the years, I never in a million, trillion, gazillion years would have thought to sand, prime and paint that formal table. The thought just never occurred to me.
Look at Carmel's table when she was starting the makeover:
And now, in her kitchen dining space!
A table and chairs that are pretty, spacious, comfortable, and casual enough for a family with kids.
Um, yeah, I'm a moron.
Okay so I'm not the kind of person who spends much time dwelling in
coulda, woulda, shoulda -
but I think this is a good lesson in thinking outside the box. Look around your house and rethink with what you already have. Imagine items that you're not loving anymore with a makeover - a new color, a new fabric, a new spot perhaps. What's holding you back from making your house reflect who you are?
Life is short, peeps. Love the space you're in.
Thanks Carmel for letting me share the fabulous transformation of your table and chairs!!
Happy Leap Day, lovelies!