It's a new dining table! Woohoo! To refresh here's what we were looking at before:
This table has served us well since we were cute little newlyweds, but it does have a few issues and we decided after almost 6 years it was time for an upgrade. Yeah, almost 6 years. Sometimes I forget I'm getting older until I write things like that. :) We loved this one because, for one thing it was free, but also because with the leaves folded down it was tiny (which was especially a big deal in our first teeny house).
But now that B runs like a wild man we weren't too crazy about the table being open (and we needed it open for all of us to eat there and I was tired of opening and closing it for every meal). For one thing these corners were terrible at catching a little head when it ran past. Plus with the legs being so close to the middle it was way to easy to tip over just by leaning on the leaves so B probably could have pulled it right over if he had the chance.
The other thing was that no chair on earth could fit between these legs, which means the chairs were pulled out all the time taking up our precious floor space! And B's chair on the side couldn't go under either when the leaf was down.
Enter new Ikea table:
I seriously begged N for months to get this new table. And then I was pregnant and BOOM - it was mine.
We normally would try building things before buying them to save some big $$$, but because we have such tight space for this we decided to buy so we would have more options. Because this guy has hidden leaves! Right now it's the perfect size for our family (almost exactly the size of our old table with one leaf up) but if we have company we can pull the leaves out to almost double the size!
So this is where were at with the dining nook. I'm loving the mix of dark and light and these curtains still make me drool. But I think I'm ready to try something new with the light. And I'm still looking for another pair of chairs or benches to paint white & finish out the seating. I'll keep you posted.