Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Peek at my Pad Thursday...

So it's official. Mr. G and I are officially GROWN UPS!

What qualifies one to finally become an adult you ask?

Well, apparently all it takes is the acquisition of a decent, hefty, solid-wood dining room table complete with additional leaf for extension to be used someday when we have 3 more children (or host family farkle night).

Sitting down for the first meal the 5 of us shared around this table was so great! Everyone had their own seat and no one was crowded, or sitting in the highchair (poor Sophie) since we have been down to 4 chairs for some time now.

We had actually purchased this table at least a year or so ago from the discount section of a fancy furniture store. The reason it was banished to the clearance section was not that it was defective, but only that the people that had originally ordered it (for whom the furniture store had already put it together) decided at the last minute that they didn't want it. Lucky day for us though since apparently they were on the verge of GIVING the giant hunk of wood away as we ended up getting this table at what I think was close to a 74% discount - no joke.

They removed the legs and wrapped it in bubble wrap and away we went. Got home, put it in the back of the storage closet, and waited for the day when we'd be done with a kitchen renovation and actually have room to set it up.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago. We had been going back and forth for a while about getting a new, interim kitchen table as our current set-up is a sad sight, chewed from top to bottom, corner to corner by a much younger, separation anxiety-ridden Rex while we were away for just a little too long. We had looked around and finally decided on the table we wanted. We were going to go back the next day to buy it after going home and measuring just to make sure. After measuring, we realized that this new table would stick almost TWICE as far out into the kitchen as our current table did. Rats. We considered our options and basically came to the conclusion that if were were gonna be getting a bigger table anyway, we may as well find a way to make the one work that we already had.

The infamous "chair that no one ever sat in" headed upstairs to our cavernous bedroom, 6 wooden folding chairs were purchased from Wal-Mart, and the table was set up smack in the middle of the "too small to use for anything else but just big enough for a make-shift dining room" room.

It sounds funny to me now that I type it out and read it back but it was almost a bit of a bittersweet moment. Our original kitchen table was really the first "major purchase" (if you can call it "major") that Mr. G and I made together as newlyweds almost 10 years ago. We went to ikea and bought a table, 6 chairs, a big wall mirror, and several dishes. We spent $220 and got it all back to our apartment in the back of our black and red Chevy Camaro iroc z. We put it all together ourselves, including sanding and varnishing each of the 6 chairs. It was the first piece of furniture that had not either been mine or his from before we got married, but was OURS from the start. However sad it was to "say goodbye", Mr. G and I were talking the other night about all the memories and things that will happen between now and 10 years from now when we think back on the night we put this table together, together.

(The heart hanging on the wall to the left is one of 2 I picked up from an
old eccentric welder artist guy, and it was cut from the side of an old John Deer tractor.
The other one is on our room and was cut from an old discarded boiler.)

In case you don't know this about me, once I get in "rearranging mode" it's hard for me to stop. This next pic is of just another little space I changed up a bit. The lamp is one I bought recently that was black and silver (not super attractive) that I spray painted red (MUCH betta') to match with the candle holders on the wall... that originally had ugly smiling Santa Clauses on them...

Happy peeking!
Happy Thursday!


elliott said...

congrats sister!!..
yay for unwrapping the 'new' purchase! and yay for taking time commemorate the original table!..
I love your DIY efforts---I can feel the love! xxoo

sinnlighet said...

I just want to tell you that I like your blog, it's incredibly inspiring.
I would also like to leave a footprint after me & Sweden, and will welcome you to my blog.