We've pretty much destroyed the kitchen table at our place. I've inadvertently placed hot corningware directly on the table and burned it, paint and Sharpie marker stains from school projects are all over the surface, and the recent bridge building contest still has me scraping glue from every nook and cranny in the grain of the table.
And I haven't even mentioned the chairs...the ones that are left, that is. Instead of using step stools, my family uses chairs to change light bulbs and to get things down from the cabinets we can't reach. We're rather hobbitlike 'round here, so that happens more often than not. As a result, two of the four chairs no longer serve their purpose and will not hold weight. They've totally collapsed. The husband has mended them - screws, nails, wood and gorilla glue litter the joints of the legs and still the chairs go kaput the minute they are sat in. I'm happy to report that no chair bit the dust as a result of my sitting in them...only the ones subjected to the ever-increasing girth of my husband - oh, but I digress...that's a story for another entry.
So, I've been looking for a new kitchen table the last few months. I haven't found anything I'm in love with that also exists in my price range. I've wasted entire Sundays looking for a kitchen table I can afford that I really like. Here's the thing with a kitchen table...I'll see it EVERY DAY...and I'll use it EVERY DAY. This means I really have to like it and it has to be durable. What's a mom to do?
On March 12th, IKEA will save the day. Yes, that's right, IKEA - right here in southwest Ohio! I've been checking out their stuff online and have found a couple of kitchen table sets I really like, and I thought it might be fun to throw them out and let those of you who read the blog vote on which one you like best. Afterall, I've fed many of you on my kitchen table, so you might as well weigh in with an opinion.
Oh, and don't worry about price - every sample you're about to see is well within my price range.
Let me know what you think, folks!
Oh, and in a totally unrelated story, I'm really excited about this...