so here was the problem – we needed a new dining room table and chairs. ours was just a small table that was supposed to be temporary…5 years later, we were still using it. with the kids getting bigger, the 4 of us could barely all fit at it comfortably for dinner. and also? 3 out of the 4 chairs that had originally come with it have broken in the last few months. so, yeah. we were needing a new dining set.
my suggestion was a nice quality table that we love and can make family memories at for the next 20 years – like a big rustic 8-10 seater. pants’ suggestion was a cardboard box, since apparently he couldn’t care less about family memories and was only looking at the bottom line. so we were kind of at a standstill for awhile. i’d been trying to thrift/craigslist one, but no dice. the one i really loved and could envision serving family Christmas dinners on for years to come was from world market, and was $1000-ish for the table, 2 benches (i LOVE dining benches and have always wanted them for the kids), and chairs. i thought it was actually a good deal, considering the quality of the pieces. but pants was like…no, seriously, i have a box out in the garage…
so after a few, um, discussions about it, pants went and looked at the world market table and actually ended up really liking it, too. he still did not like the price tag, however, and when he was looking the table over, he said, ‘you know, i could make this table and benches for $300 bucks out of wood from home depot.’ and i said, ‘yeah, but…will it LOOK like you made it out of $300 bucks of wood from home depot?’ he assured me it would not.
so we compromised. pants all of a sudden got super excited about building a big old table and 2 benches. i knew he would do a great job, since i love everything he makes. he actually made it over a weekend (which was good because that monday night we were having people over for dinner, so that was the deadline!), and yup, ended up spending just under $300 for wood from home depot. (btw, a HUGE thank you to my parents for not only listening to me whine incessantly about how i needed a new table, but for giving us our Christmas gift early so we could pay for it!)
i love the finished edge he put on it.