When my first born was a baby, our kitchen table–where we ate meals, where we hosted friends and extended family–could barely seat four people. When we invited another couple over for dinner, we could fit our plates and glasses–but not the dishes of food. So when I saw a used farm table for sale in 2006, I jumped at the chance to get it.
For only $50, we purchased this table. Now we could easily seat six people plus all the plates and platters necessary for a meal. We have also used this table for years now in home-schooling.
After eight years, our table needed an upgrade. The base and legs looked faded–plus, 1991 called and wanted its teal back. Time for a fresh coat of paint.
We popped into Lowe’s last Saturday and wandered over to the “oops” table, where we found a quart of cream-colored paint for $2.50. Perfect.
A couple of hours later, and this is the result:
This was a team effort between my two sons and me. They worked hard and were full of enthusiasm. I got a little twitchy with how free they were with the paint. But how great to do real work together. They understand they are making a meaningful contribution; I learn to relax a little.
I once saw a recipe in a cookbook touted as being “good enough for company.” I want to make a home that is good enough for family–and good enough for company, too.