You know the saying, You don't know what you've got until it's gone? Well,
a very, very, very, very long time ago 3 months and 3 weeks ago, we gutted our kitchen, for the oh so amazing transformation from the 1980's "contemporary tract home" look to 21st century chic ummmm.....to something nicer! In doing so, we had to remove the table from the kitchen and for a while, it found a new home in the boys bedroom upstairs. This provided a place for the kids to eat their meals, but was too tight a squeeze for Paul and me. *sigh* We ate at t.v. trays in another room. Then the summer arrived, and the table was disassembled and stashed in the attic to make room for the floor to be turned into a giant bed....you know, so all those visiting kids would have some place to sleep. That has made for a big fat mess an interesting dining experience at our house! Let. me. just. tell. you.
I finally broke down....on Father's Day. My kitchen is not complete yet, but I had to have a table. And chairs. We had invited the in-laws for a Father's Day dinner, and I just couldn't see
Frank and Marie Glen and Dianne sitting on the floor with their plates in their laps! Ahem. Can you?
Part of our Un-Extreme Makeover was to buy a new kitchen table to go with the new kitchen. Nothing expensive. I had two prerequisites....it had to BIG and it had to have lots of sturdy chairs. We found one that fit the bill at a local "massed produced stuff" store. You know what I'm talking about. I don't care if my furniture has a history............can it seat 10 and will the chairs still be functional in 10 years???? That's what I care about!
Five boxes. Three hours of labor. One power drill. Tada! Table. And chairs. And just for good measure, a bench!
Easily sat eight last night with room for more!
Yes, Paul had to put it together, and I know I should be ashamed for making him pick up a drill on Father's Day. But hey, it would have taken longer with a screw driver....
We put three kids on one side and could have put at least one more, maybe two small ones!
So, there is no trim in this kitchen yet. Not around the doors or the floors.
Some of the switches and outlets have been.....ummmm, switched. Others haven't.
And, that darned, so called "laundry room" still doesn't have doors.....or floor for that matter (interesting story there-ahem).
Notice anything else? No grout. Haven't gotten around to that yet. *sigh* But, we will. Soon. Maybe.
But, WE'VE GOT A TABLE dad gonnit!
And, we shared our first family dinner around it with Meme and Papa. It was very lovely!