This is my first post, so hi all! Around the Table is a perfect first event and I’m excited to share and read your posts! My husband and I built this table before Thanksgiving 2013. Previously we had a beautiful but tiny marble topped pub height table that just wasn’t going to work as a new family of 4. I searched and searched for a replacement and couldn’t find anything I loved at a price point that wouldn’t have me in cardiac arrest each time a toddler sat down to eat, so I sold our tiny table and went to Lowe’s with cash in hand and a 3 month old strapped to my chest to purchase lumber. It took us a week to build and stain and we spent many meals sitting on the kitchen floor eating with our kiddos during that week, which are fun memories as well.
I made the placemats from some clearance coral-patterned fabric I picked up a long time ago and love the brightness they add.
One of my favorite things about this table is I don’t care what happens to it. If kids stab their fork tines on it repeatedly, it adds character. (I purposely move their seats around the table periodically to evenly distribute their wear and tear ). Marker, crayon and paints wipe right off, and even if they do something to it that I don’t like, I know I can sand and re-stain the top in a weekend.
We already have fun memories involving this table and with a 3 and 1 1/2 year old I know we’re really just getting started on the warmth, laughter and love that will continue to surround it.