it's quite amazing to me, you see, that doug and i only, just today, bought our very first dining table set in our almost-eight years of marriage.
though, i will tell you this – up until now, we've had two kitchen tables. both that i hated. with a passion,
the first was a light peach set given to us by my parents as a hand-me down. it was used in our old house. as much as i never liked the colour they chose, i was still grateful. it was sturdy, after all. the quality, at least, was good.
so that was what we used in our dining/living room. but of course, it didn't match. the colours of the room consisted of a deep red and beige colour. if anything, we needed a nice dark colour to accent the room.
hey – we were starting off as a family – trying to make ends meet. so long as the table worked, we were happy.
then my parents bought us a kitchen table made out of pine. a round table with four chairs – all for $200.
this is where i became educated of what you get when you only have to pay $200 for a wooden table set. this is also where i learned the difference between types of wood. because you see, pine is one of the crappiest types of wood to use as a dining type table that you need daily. it's a soft wood, especially when cheaply made, in which the screws become loose with wear and tear.
and it didn't take much. every few days, we needed to tighten the screws. and every time we tightened the screws, we made the holes bigger and bigger. it basically got to the point where i didn't trust the stability of the table and asked doug to swap it with our then, light-peach dining room table. which was really a kitchen table anyway.
for the past year, we've kept the pine-wood set in our dining room, being used mainly as somewhere to hold our mail.
and so i just couldn't bare it anymore. and it's not like we have a lot of money right now but for crying out loud, i figured we could at least find a decent table and decent chairs, nothing fancy, but sturdy and modern and clean enough, at a fairly reasonable price.
and so, we got a BJURSTA table that seats four but expands out to seat up to eight. we also got the GILBERT stackable chairs. they are not fancy at all, but they stack, which is great for our narrow townhouse. and the wood part is oak.
and my attempts at not making everything match, i will choose nicer chairs for the table ends. my thoughts are on the below chair as he cover can be taken off and machine washed:
it's a good start. assuming we do move to a bigger place one day, we'll look into a bigger table that expands out to a seating of 12. but this is a perfect size for our small area right now.