Tuesday, 25 January 2011
If the table isn't the heart of a kitchen then it's certainly the heart of the home. Our kitchen table is not only where we eat, but it's the epicentre of our home. Where we share meals with loved ones, drink tea with friends, cool cakes, paint pictures, cut and paste, roll out play dough, blog and numerous other tasks during the day.
We've always coveted those very long, old refectory style tables. Showing their age with beautiful marks and dents as testament to a lifetime of use by previous owners. But these tables were never quite right :: too short, too narrow, too wobbly or too pricey.
But this week we were very excited to finally bring our own whopping dinning table home. It's simple, sturdy, two metres long and should easily seat ten adults, ahem, once we find some more chairs. We had it on lay-by for ages at one of my favourite local stores. The store owner Stef made it from some aged celery top pine that was in his stash :: I love how blokes have a timber stash :: so it is pretty special.
The table is a bit newish looking for me. Brand new. And is yet to earn its patina of a well used family table. But then, I like the idea of a fresh starting point that will, in time, develop a patina made by us.
And our old table? Made by a very dear friend years ago, it came with two sets of legs, one set at dining table height, and one set at coffee table height. So now we have a gorgeous massive big coffee table that you can just see in the top photo. It is used for stacking library books, painting pictures, cut and pasting etc etc...
Now the hunt for chairs begins. So tell me, are you for all matching or mismatched dinning chairs?