Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Some Changes in the Kitchen ~

I wasn't looking for a new kitchen table....
and 
I wasn't looking for new kitchen chairs...

I swear!!

I was perfectly happy with my vintage 90's kitchen table from Ethan Allen. I purchased it on Craigslist 4 years ago when we bought our house. It was from the Farmhouse Pine Collection which has been discontinued. It was a round table with a gorgeous chunky pedestal. It opened to an oval with a table leaf. 

Here's a photo of my table that Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage snapped when she featured our home a few years ago at "Cottage of the Month".  Click here to view.


The table was a perfect fit for the space. The table top was planked pine and had lots of patina. It was easy to care for. My kids could put hot drinks or wet glasses down on the table top. Very easy to live with and I never worried about the finish. The only thing I really didn't care for was that crumbs would get stuck in between the planks and required a weekly vacuum. The Ethan Allen wagon wheel chairs were comfortable and sturdy for friends and teenagers... 



Here is a photo of my kitchen when I rearranged the display on top of my cabinets. Probably one of my more popular posts. If you missed it and want to see more of my kitchen 

and 

Would you like to see my new {to me} kitchen set...

This is what graces my kitchen now:


A huge trestle table and 6 creamy wicker chairs :)


So, here is the back story on this table and 6 wicker chairs.  It was a gift from very dear friends. It has wonderful meaning to both my husband and I.  It belonged to Lia, very good friend, that passed away 5 years ago. Lia's husband and my husband were college fraternity brothers and roommates. Lia's husband was the best man in my wedding and my husband, in turn, was the best man at hers.  Very close friends.

When Lia moved to Thousand Oaks 9 years ago, I'd like to think I "helped her" pick out this very table and chairs. I don't remember the table discussion as much as I remember discussing the chairs. Lia had such a great sense of style and she was a trendsetter. She really was!

She had this idea of pairing a large pine trestle table with wicker chairs. 

Nobody was doing this in a dining room back in 2003. 

Everything was a bit more match-y back then. We had plenty of discussions on how it would look... would it be too casual? Would it be comfortable? I thought it was a great idea! I'd like to think I helped sway her decision to go for it...

Ultimately, she went with her instinct and ordered the table and six Pottery Barn wicker chairs....

It looked gorgeous in her dining room. I sat at her table for dinners, coffee and craft projects. She was never fussy about her furniture and always put her guests at ease. There is a warmth and patina to the wood top that I just adore... Plenty of pot marks, water stains... some glue and some glitter too.. All remembrances of Lia.

My family was gifted this table and chairs last month. I really wanted to re-shoot these pictures because I don't think the camera lighting does the table justice... but I finally decided you would probably rather see a blog post than wait another 6 months for me to get the lighting just right and stage the shots... 



The chairs have stood up to years and years of adults, teens and children sitting at them. The cushions are a pretty yellow ticking fabric that matches the light butter yellow walls in my kitchen. 


The fabric was a bit soiled so I decided to wash them. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn did NOT put zippers in these cushions! Makes no sense if you have ever checked their prices. Really? Does PB not understand that people will want to wash these things?

I decided to wash them in the washer and see how they would turn out. Wish I would have taken a picture. Each foam cushion became a taco inside the fabric and the only way to correct the shape was to slice open the cushion at the back seam...


Now the cushions are clean but I have a new project to sew close the six covers.... It's been a month and I still have not tackled sewing them closed. I may get some new foam and replace the inside before I sew them.  I do believe that PB still sells these covers at $40 each... but they are perfectly usable and I am going to save myself the $240 by using the existing ones.


How pretty is this double trestle....
I feel so lucky and blessed to have this in my home!


I would like to use some sort of wax to seal the top, something that won't make the wood shiny or darker. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!! I am thinking a wax would be nice as long as it's not sticky.


My chicken coop plant stand which you have seen before... 

I purchased the old metal milk pail at a garage sale for $5.00. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in "Old White" on it and then distressed it. The white roses are from my garden.



I have been adding olive branches to my demi-johns. I like the Autumn look they bring into the kitchen and the branches are free from my back yard... love that!

I don't add any water for the branches and they last about 2 weeks.


These red roses now on my table were given to me by my son at "Senior Night".  A sweet remembrance of his football season. His football team made the playoffs in their division. So proud of those boys! 

Wish them luck going forward!


I'm really going to miss the Friday Night Lights... 
Hopefully, Saturday games will be in our future!

And here is something so coincidental... 

Back in the summer, I was at the dentist's office waiting for my daughter. Flipping through a magazine, I found a picture of a dining room I just loved. With my camera phone, I took a photo of the magazine page...


Notice anything????


The afternoon sun in our kitchen...


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