My kitchen table is a constant source of design frustration for me. I purchased it for $5 off of Craislist, slathered on a couple of coats of “New Penny” orange paint and first used it as a desk a few years back in grad school. I was so proud of it and thought I’d finally “arrived” in the DIY world.
Today, it’s a bit large for the breakfast nook in my current apartment and I often wish that it was a bit smaller so that more folks could fit comfortably in that area. It has, however, been a great table for DIY projects and for cooking since my kitchen has very little surface space in it. Recently, the paint has started to scratch off of the table and I’m growing disenchanted with the brown chairs that once seemed so cool. My boyfriend claims I will never stop fixing things in my apartment. He’s right, I’ve been designing and fixing things since I was a young girl.
I recently read in a design magazine that if you buy one quality piece of furniture a year then in five years, you’ll have five great pieces of furniture to last a lifetime. Rather than spending money on cheaper items, invest in the bigger items, this designer said. They will carry you much further than any Ikea brand item or knock-off brand that you find elsewhere (though I use Ikea often to fill in the gaps of my apartment). I would love to replace my living room chair, get a new console table for my tv, find a new rug for my living room, buy an amazing armoire, and replace my kitchen table. The current items that I would love to replace are not terrible, but they aren’t the kinds of things I want to have with me in five years.
At any rate, I’m not terribly annoyed with my kitchen table, but this is the best its looked in months. Here’s to a great 2013.