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.