A 90 degree rotation and the kitchen nook seems so much larger. Sometimes I take the leaf out and make it round as it was when I feel in love ~ that totally makes the kitchen nook feel airy, but for practicality reasons, a larger table fits our family of five a little better. Turning the table one rotation wasn’t what I first envisioned, but for this space it definitely works best!
First: Kitchen Nook
When I first moved into our house, the furniture ended up as I’d pictured it in my mind for the weeks prior to moving! Everything stayed put because we’ve been CRAZY BUSY with projects!!! But with life settling down for a bit, I got to thinking…..
I realized that having my table span the length of the window took away from the natural flow of traffic. See below. Although our kitchen isn’t a galley kitchen, it’s definitely longer than wide and with the table following the same lines of the kitchen, it emphasized the shape of the kitchen, rather than making it more spacious and open. Of course, the addition of these Ikea Stockholm Blad Curtains and my Yellow Curbside Table turned Dazzling Kitchen Cart totally improve the room, too!
Here’s one more look at the space opened up by rotating the table. Before: Above ~ After: Below. The rotation easily extended the kitchen two feet and opened up the area for better traffic flow. I’ve been getting some comments about where the table comes from….
This table was a huge splurge for us. We bought it from Crate and Barrel, because there just seemed to be nothing that I could love quite so much. The table is called the Avalon and we bought the 5 piece set. I cared for this table better than you could ever imagine. Place mats every meal, didn’t use anything harsh for wiping, and dried after each meal. Surprisingly, the table started chipping. Seriously BIG chips.
As awful as this was and as leery as I was to replace it with the same thing, there wasn’t a comparable table set so we called Crate and Barrel and they were super sweet. They offered to exchange the chipped tabletop for a new one. We had owned the table for less than a year and my photographer (aka my hubby) drove the table back to Crate and Barrel (an hour away) and came home with a brand new sparkling white table. This time, I wasn’t sure how to maintain it, but I decided to leave the surface empty — no placemats or tablecloths and care for it like fine china!
Fast forward another year. Same thing happened, the paint chipped and the table looked like my photographer’s work bench. As I was doing some blog stalking and hopping, I came across someone in the same scenario as I and craziest thing, Crate and Barrel had now changed the company they were using to paint their tabletops. Crate and Barrel already used a different company to paint the chairs which is the reason they were more durable. So, one more phone call (actually took three, but who’s counting). And Crate and Barrel two years after the fact, delivered to our door a brand new Avalon Table and towed away the damaged table. Just from the touch of my hand I could see a major difference! Isn’t it beautiful! Isn’t Crate and Barrel AMAZING!! Seriously, what company would stand behind their furniture for two full years!??! They sure did make this customer happy. And now six months down the road it is still in perfect condition!
Second: Dining Room
This table is very large. I believe 108 inches with both leaves, but I’ll double check. I found this table and chair set at Nayfa’s Unfinished Furniture. They will stain or paint your furniture for an additional fee, staining being much more reasonable ~ that’s what we did! We could have stained it pretty easily, but to make it look good, furniture requires 9-11 coats and we decided we lacked that amount of patience and by coat 2 would probably drag it into the house and put it to use. They did an exceptional job and a week after purchasing the table and chair set, they were ready to be picked up and brought into our dining room! We’ve gotten so much use out of this table both at our old house and our current house!
The only bummer about super large tables is storing super large table leafs! Keeping one leaf in the table at all times, helped lighten the storage load some, but then I got to thinking how stately it would look (and how practical it would be) if I could extend the table with two leaves and keep it that way.
The size of our dining room was definitely large enough. But when I did that, the three chairs on each side looked a little lost and far removed from the two arm chairs at the head of the table. And the area rug was a little too short!
I got to thinking, why not work with what I have! I grabbed a screw driver, some wood filler and a stain pen and went to work removing the arms from the two armed chairs. It was so simple and of course if I ever changed my mind, I could add them back, but for now, my idea made me super excited!
Definitely not the best sand/stain job, but rest time for the kids only lasts for a short amount of time each day so I had to make it work…
The result…a Large Stately Table that has just the right amount of chairs and fits perfectly on the rug!!! There’s no going back, this is totally the way it’s staying!!! And here it is all PRETTY.
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