Kitchen Table Inspirations

As I have already posted I want to make a kitchen table that fits in our bump-out.

A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.
A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.

The round table that’s there now is kind of awkward.

Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.
Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.

I already have four perfectly good table legs to start the project.

Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.
Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.

Rogue Engineer has a cute table with plans.  I like the support board at each end to keep the table square.

I like a table with character.
I like a table with character.

The above table was found at “thankful sage farm school.”

I'm planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.
I’m planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.

I’d like a table that can take rough usage and doesn’t always need a tablecloth. This one was found on Cottage and Vine.

This looks very close to the table I'm planning to build.
This looks very close to the table I’m planning to build.

Ana White always has great plans for doable projects.

All of these items can be found on my Kitchen Pinterest board.

Do you have a building project?

Moving Tables

I’m thinking about rearranging our tables.

We really have little use for a 120-inch table.
We really have little use for a 120-inch table.

I bought our Scan light wood dining table in about 1984. It’s wonderful for large sit-down meals and book swaps. At its largest the table is 120 inches long and 48 inches wide.

Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.
Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.

I had planned to refinish it in some way by painting or staining it.

The damaged veneer can be seen just above the leg.
The damaged veneer can be seen to the right of the leg.

It has some minor veneer damage on the skirt but otherwise it is in very good shape.  It’s just not my style anymore. So I think I’ll list it on Craigslist.

The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.
The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.

The we’ll move the kitchen table into the dining room.

Kitchen table
Kitchen table

We found this table with 2 leaves as a curb pick-up at the end of our street.  We’ve been using it in its round form in the kitchen bump-out.

A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.
A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.

Moving it to the dining room would mean we need a table in the kitchen.

The table is gone but I still have the legs.
The table is gone but I still have the legs.

My plan is to use four white table legs we’ve been storing in the Cottage to make a rectangular table that will fit in the bump-out better than the round table.

Are you holding on to furniture you should let go of?

Sight-Seeing Trip to Ikea

Sometimes I’m not sure that the things I see in photos are as good in person.

I usually shop at the College Park Ikea in Maryland.
I usually shop at the College Park Ikea in Maryland.

To that end I took a quick trip to Ikea to see the following:

  • Sofa:  The Ektorp basic sofa is a neutral beige color for $399 which can be dressed up with pillows.
    I'd like to replace a friend's broken sofa with this one.
    I’d like to replace a friend’s broken sofa with this one.

    It also comes in a printed version which I think a friend would like but which is not as versatile as the plain one.

    The pink flowered print might not complement her other furniture.
    The pink flowered print might not complement her other furniture.

Countertop: The solid birch countertop for the Cottage “kitchen” is on sale for a limited time.

A 74-inch countertop for a little more than $1 an inch seems like a bargain.
A 74-inch countertop for a little more than $1 an inch seems like a bargain.
  • Sink:  The stainless steel Fyndig sink is under $30.

    This sink is not too tiny.
    This sink is not too tiny.
  • Faucet:  The Ringskar faucet comes in two finishes:  bright chrome or stainless steel for $99.
    Brushed
    Brushed

    Bright
    Bright
  • Kitchen accessories:  I found a neat hanging dish rack and some metal shelves that would help with organizing a small space.
    Hanging dish rack can also be used on the counter.
    Hanging dish rack can also be used on the counter.

    This shelving has a reasonable price and compact appearance.
    This shelving has a reasonable price and compact appearance.

Those are the items I went looking for.  I also found a few enticing items that might ultimately find a place in our house.

The Agen chair is $60.
The Agen chair is $60.

Love these smallish woven rattan chairs.  I took a seat and found them to be very comfortable.

The large photo of Paris is about $60.
The large photo of Paris is about $50.

I also like very much this large photo of Paris with the Eiffel Tower highlighted. I might consider hanging it over our bed in place of the vintage map of Paris I was planning.

For $150 you could have 10 matching chairs. Paint might them look more authentic.
For $150 you could have 10 matching chairs. Paint might them look more authentic.

Finally the deal of the day — a folding garden chair for $15.  Really, how could you beat it?

Have you ever bought furniture from Ikea?

Ew! Just Get Rid of It

We have had a chest of drawers in the Cottage that had been in our laundry in the house.

The white dresser is very lightweight and holds bulky items.
The white dresser is very lightweight and holds bulky items.

I had decided to give it away but our future tenant said to leave it.

The photo is out of focus but the stains in the drawer were in every corner.
The photo is out of focus but the stains in the drawer were in every corner.

When I opened it to clean it out a horrible stench came from the uppermost 2 bottom drawers. They were filled with shredded paper towels, mouse droppings, and large stains.  And at least one dead mouse carcass.

We have a pile of rubbish which now must be broken up and disposed of.
We have a pile of rubbish which now must be broken up and disposed of.

We were forced to remove the dresser from the Cottage and get rid of it as trash. The smell was gross. Ew.

Do you have a delicate nose?

Authentic Mid-Century

Working on cleaning out our guest house we have some large pieces of furniture that just have to go.

The mid-century dresser was inherited by our son from his grandmother.
The mid-century dresser was inherited by our son from his grandmother.

For example we have been storing a vintage mid-century dresser in the Cottage that has come down in the family to our son.

The chest has 10 drawers.
The chest has 10 drawers.

He has no place to keep it so I offered to put it on Craigslist for him.

This dresser is 69" long by 18.25" deep by 29" tall.
This dresser is 69″ long by 18.25″ deep by 29″ tall.

It’s listed locally and hopefully will be gone by the end of the holiday weekend.

Are you reluctant to weed through your furniture?

One More Detail?

When I recovered the dining room chair seats I decided to use fabric I already had on hand.

The shades are made from linen I inherited on a roll from Mother.
The shades are made from linen I inherited on a roll from Mother.

The fabric I used to cover the chair seats I had previously used to make the window shades in the dining room and living room.

Before and After
Before and After

However now that the chairs are finished I think they’re a little plain.

I mocked a blue line detail.
I mocked a blue line detail.

I’m thinking of adding threes line to the chair seat so it will look like a grain sack.

Any thoughts?

Another Mirror Change-up

We’ve been using this small (too small) mirror in the conservatory bathroom until 1) the tile backsplash is in and 2) I can find a more appropriate size.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

Most bathroom mirrors start at 21 inches which is just too large so I’ve been searching for something vintage or rustic or both.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

The  present mirror hangs too low and is too small for Charlie to get a good look at himself. He mentions it frequently.

The approximately 12" by 18" mirror was free.
The approximately 12″ by 18″ mirror was free.

I found a small rustic mirror on the “FREE” table at church which I still thought was too small but which I thought Charlie would like better.

Tiny knobs -- less than half an inch in diameter.
Tiny knobs — less than half an inch in diameter.

I removed the hooks because they didn’t make sense hanging over the sink and they were cheap looking.

The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.
The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.

I found in my stash some small knobs that would cover the 3 holes left from the hooks.

The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.
The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.

I tacked a central hanger on the back so I could use the same nail as the first mirror.

Too bad this mirror is a little longer.
Too bad this mirror is a little longer.

Charlie still can’t see himself unless he steps closer to the mirror.

Before
Before
A little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.
After — a little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.

And I’m still looking for a better mirror.

Do you try to make “freebies” work?