I’d been toying with the idea of making our kitchen much prettier, and more functional, for a while now, but have only recently got round to making it happen. We have a long kitchen with space for a table at the end, but the enormous table I had there previously meant that there wasn’t enough room for chairs all around it, only a bench at one side, not the ideal for a nice relaxed meal – sitting in a row, facing the wall!
I had an idea of what I wanted – a small square drop-leaf table, so I could have it all different sizes, to accommodate various things – small for sitting and sewing, or a meal for two, or much larger for family get-togethers. Topped off with pretty gingham tablecloths, jugs of flowers, candles and general twee girliness 😀
I’d looked around a few charity shops, with my specific wants in mind, and saw a couple of tables, but nothing was quite right, so off I went to the local Thursday flea market, with a feeling I’d get what I wanted there.. and I did! I found a beautiful old oak table, with gorgeous carved legs, which extended to the size of our old table, but also could be made very small (shown in the picture with one side open). On the same stall there was a set of four chairs, tatty, but with such a gorgeous curvy shape to them. I got both the table and chairs for £20! Oh I do love a good bargain!
I recovered the chairs in bright, bold patterns, hemmed a quick tablecloth and it’s all good to go. It makes the space much more useable, and looks pretty and fresh in the daytime, and cosy and welcoming in the evening, when it’s lit by candles and fairy lights. Perfect.