Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Found My Kitchen Table

Back in the 70’s, my parents purchased the perfect kitchen table. It was white and round, with a pedestal base, which besides being very stylish, kept everyone from smacking their knees into an errant table leg. We ate tens of thousands of meals at that table. I did a lot of homework at that table. I remember carefully writing assignments on both sides of three-hole-punched lined paper with my number 2 pencil, lifting up the paper to realize that writing on the second side had imprinted lead markings from the first side onto the table surface. A few quick swipes of a washcloth later, it was clean again.

My parents still have and use the table, although they’ve had it resurfaced a few times. It’s probably gone in and out of style a few times, as most design-y designs do, but I was completely oblivious to it. In fact, I didn’t even realize that the base was “inspired by a drop of high-viscosity liquid” or that the designer intended to “clear up the slum of (table) legs.” It was just my parents’ furniture, nothing more.

Not long ago, my sister and I came across a trendy looking furniture shop that carried things that looked oddly familiar, and there we found the Table. For $2352. Holy cow! I’m not the kind of person who thinks, “when my ship comes in, I will buy that table,” so I mostly put it out of my mind.

Until today. Following a series of links from Lisa Schmeiser’s post about how the recession is benefiting IKEA to another post on customized IKEA finds, I found the almost-table.

It’s a little small – only 41” inches in diameter. But only $149!

What to do? We’ve been wanting a new kitchen table, but the breakfast “nook” in our house is sizable. We frequently seat eight adults there, and could probably fit ten. A table this little would leave a lot of empty space and not provide much surface area for all the extra things you end up needing while feeding children or trying to eat while distracting children.

In the meantime, we’ll hang on to the hand-me-down table that SwingDaddy’s parents bought in the 70’s, which we plan to move to the dining room when we find a kitchen table. It’s perfectly functional, but it would be nice not to have to jump up and minimize damage to the wood every time someone spills apple juice and them separate the table leaves and sop up the stickiness that inevitably drips between them.

Ponder, ponder. It might be time to drive up to the big yellow and blue haven of furniture, meatballs, and clever containers.


Anonymous said...

For $149, how can you go wrong? But then I have furnished my entire house at IKEA, so I may be slightly biased. ;-)

Mayberry said...

I'm just laughing at the line "slum of table legs." Oh the horror!

Bob said...

Don't think 42" diameter vs 41" will make much of a difference.

ewe are here said...

We're a big Ikea family, as well... it's amazing other furniture stores can survive when they show up in the area!

Kimberly said...

I'd go for it. For that price - how can you not? You'll use it somewhere.

I love a pedestal table for the kitchen too. We're always trying to sit close together to read and the legs are always in the way.

The Scholastic Decoder said...

My parents had a cheap version of much the same table, too, but a smaller one, tight for 4 people, but I don't know the dimension.