Dave and I have been using a cheap pressboard table from Wal-Mart for the last 9 years. It can fit four placemats and nothing else because it's too narrow. It served us well until we added Violet to the family and suddenly it was just too small. We have been contemplating an upgrade for some time and both love the Terra dining table from West Elm:
The problem is that we hate spending money on sensible things and really don't have $500 to spend on a dining room table right now. So I decided to start checking the classifieds to find something that would work better for our family than the old Wal-Mart Special, but not break the bank.
Presenting our new table...
Dave and I both loved the unique look of the chairs. When they turned out cool and comfortable, we were sold. The larger table (with leaves!) was just a bonus for us.
Now I know this looks like something that your grandma might have purchased in the early '70's. But never fear! I have big plans for this table. After all, as I said to Dave this evening, "you can't call yourself a crafty blogger if you haven't reupholstered something." So I plan to recover the chair cushions with a more modern fabric and we plan to paint over all the wood.
Of course, I'll be posting updates as the project progresses. But first I need to do some fabric shopping!