A Table for Eight, Please.
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The home I was remodeling had the largest eat-in kitchen that I had ever encountered. The space could easily accomodate a table for eight. The formal dining room was just off the kitchen. I worried that two tables
so close together would be competing so I decided a bar-height table could pull double duty as a buffet during one of the homeowner’s many parties and would bring a truce between the two spaces.
I searched high and low for a table large enough for the space. Anything I found was over budget and lacked the chic character I desired for this kitchen corner.
So, when all else fails, I shop my favorite antique store. There under an outdoor awning and a pile of wooden items, I found the perfect table. It was approximately 4×7 and stood about four feet high. Covered in mud and dirt, the table looked as if it had been left uncovered in a barn for years. Despite missing its two drawers, this find was perfect for the space. I inquired about the $150 price tag, and a deal was struck at $120.
I stored the dirty table in my garage. It was so filthly, I dreaded even starting on it. A wood cleaner revealed that the table’s finish was in excellent condition. It’s minor imperfections and aged patina provided the chic character I was desperate to achieve. This table’s hidden beauty would have set the price ablaze at any upscale furniture store.
I had two custom drawers made to replace the missing ones, and presto …. instant storage!! Adding four casters made the table mobile and further increased its functionality at parties.
Thinking outside the box helped me create a chic table for 8 for about $200.