Something exciting happened at our house a few months ago. We got a new kitchen table! OK, so it isn’t lottery-winning-exciting, but to a 40-something stay-at-home-mom, this is super cool! It was custom made for us by a local artisan. Before we met with the maker to discuss our expectations for our new table, my husband and I had to evaluate our needs.
Size was a big factor in our decision. Our most obvious need was a table long enough to fit our family of seven. The old table only comfortably sat six. Ever since our youngest was out of the high chair, the Dancer has (voluntarily) sat on a stool at the corner of the table. We needed a table that we could all fit around. However, the physical space for a table in our kitchen was limiting. Do we need an expandable table? Drop leaf? What about seating? Should we keep our current chairs? As my husband took measurements and the kids debated a new seating chart, I began thinking of how we use our table.
Our kitchen table is not merely a place to eat meals. It is so much more.
A place of refuge for a little dog in a big world.
Not only is our kitchen table a place where we share meals and conversation ranging from deep theological discussions to episodes of SpongeBob, it is a special part of our family life.
We need a table that is strong and sturdy to support all of these needs, yet beautiful to represent the love surrounding it. And that’s just what we got.
Many thanks for Kathi Jackley at https://www.facebook.com/kathikountrykrafts for crafting the perfect table for our family! She and her husband do excellent work at a very reasonable price. This table fits our family perfectly! And it fits our many needs.