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One woman’s trash…

Like they say “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. I bought this table the first year my husband and I were dating. It was a good price at the time and I enjoyed staining it myself. Unfortunately tastes change, houses change and needs change. During the last year I’ve been dreaming of my ultimate kitchen table. It would be one of those retro (or vintage) arborite tables with chrome around the edges like they had in Happy Days. I am drooling just looking at this picture. A girl can dream 🙂

Realistically, I have two young children that would destroy it and then I would be really sad. My father-in-law decided to get rid of this kitchen table and use another one they had so we asked for it. We put our table and chairs for free on my Facebook group I belong to with some “it needs some tlc” type info. Someone came and picked it up Friday. On Saturday, my husband loaded up the minivan with our “new table” and brought it home. So happy with the new table. It’s round and not antique stain like most of our furniture (we went through an Ikea phase) and I love it! Magically our kitchen has been transformed into one that people might enjoy sitting and chatting over a cup of hot tea. One of the best things about it is it already has some scratches here and there so I won’t have to worry when the kids add more. And they will. Definitely. They are kids.

When the boys are all grown up I will consider finding the table of my dreams.  My tastes will probably have changed and it might not be a vintage arborite table but at least it will only be the grandchildren scratching it up. Until then, I found a way to update my kitchen in a low-impact way both financially and environmentally which is always good.


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


3 thoughts on “One woman’s trash…

  1. I keep saying the same thing about a new living room set. We’d like to get new ones but when you see the kids jumping on them like an indoor trampoline you just figure why waste the money on anything as nice as we’d like just yet. Sooner or later they’ll grow out of it and then we can invest in a better set but of course by then our taste will have changed and we’d probably chuck them out and start over anyway.

    Posted by Steve | July 12, 2011, 1:37 pm

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