Monday, December 4, 2006

What happens when a simple drive . . .

. . . turns into a life-changing event.

Greg and I drove down our little valley yesterday. Our goal was to see what our local used furniture store had in stock. We forgot that it was a Sunday and since it was church-based store . . . they'd be closed. Oh well, it's a beautiful drive and since we had to get gas anyway, we stopped and loaded up on iced coffee and donuts at the gas station.

I know that lowered our sales resistance somewhat.

We stopped at a favorite little "antique" store which mostly sells reproductions at this point. Inside, they had this huge "old farmhouse table" with two teak benches. We did not need the benches but we have needed a new table for eons. This is not a great table but I think it's going to suit our needs fabulously. It's meant to look like an old farmhouse table and so they've put in a lot of "character". I suspect that at somepoint, I'm going to take it out on the deck and sand the heck out of it to put the "character" into it in a more authentic way but still. It's nice. Long and strangely lean (which as a mother with children, I kind of like -- I'm constantly reaching over to someone's plate for some reason). It goes with our Ikea chairs nicely -- in fact, Greg is going to go get us some more now that we can seat so many at our table. They don't sell the green anymore but I think a couple of reds and a couple of plain pines will do nicely.

And our new chandelier looks gorgeous over it. We spent two hours last night swagging it over to the right place above the table. The architect who designed our house was -- in my not-so-humble opinion -- a moron in many, many ways. So, fixing the light fixture was a necessity. I think it looks good. I took some clearer pictures of it as well but I think the warm glow in this picture better shows how nice it looks. Now I have to get the rest of the house looking this good! :) That's my "job" this week in the afternoons when I'm not working!


Anonymous said...

I love the new table and the chandelier! I had written another comment, but I'm not used to this blogger/google thing so I'm not sure if you're going to get two comments about me talking about how fabulous your table is and how much I want it, or whether you're just going to get this one. :)

Anonymous said...

The table looks awesome! It's funny how things turn out the way they should.

LauraHinNJ said...

I love farmhouse tables. We bought one this year - too bad we don't have the farmhouse to go with it or the need for so many chairs, either.

What I like so much about them is that they're meant to be used and show their wear - perfect for kids or crafts - you name it!

Hope you'll enjoy it.

Susan Gets Native said...

Love the table! New furniture is so fun.

It was meant to be.

-llm. said...

Thanks! We ate at the new table last night. It was good!