My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1190: The Tables Have Turned

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-12-2013 12:48 PM 1513 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to have to write quickly today because I must admit that I am running a bit behind today. There is so much to accomplish and the hours and minutes are just relentless.

We have had a couple of exciting days here. Besides all of the things that I have to finish up for getting out in the mail, I had a couple of wood orders to make (that is GOOD!) and got them finished and sent. I was just settling down to work on my own Christmas gifts when I saw something on my Facebook news feed that caught my attention. It seemed that one of my friends in the area was selling her beautiful kitchen table and chairs set.

I have been looking for a new kitchen and table for a little bit now. Although ours was adequate, it really wasn’t the style that I wanted and didn’t match the rest of our furniture. Little by little over the past year or so we have been upgrading one thing at a time – our couch, our bedroom set, our bathroom, etc.

Since our living room and kitchen are ‘open concept’ and are the heart of our little place here, we spend most of the time in these rooms and I wanted something that was a little more updated. I had just taken a picture the other day when my painting group was showing their places where they paint. I usually paint at the table, overlooking the living room:

While it did the job, I really wanted something more streamlined to go with our decor. We have mostly brown/black neutrals in both our kitchen and living area. When I saw the table set on Facebook and that my friend was selling it, I jumped on it immediately. It looked exactly like what I had pictured in my mind. She was selling it because she felt it was too large for her kitchen, and since she lived alone and didn’t have any kids or many using it daily, it was pretty much in “new” condition.

Long story short, we took the ride out there yesterday and picked it up. We got home last night and set it up (it needed to be disassembled) and put it into place. I think it looks wonderful! :)

It is a little taller than our other table (bistro style I think they call it) and much heavier and more substantial. It has a built in leaf which pops up from underneath, which saves us from having to store the extensions and when in place will make the table 55” square. Folded as shown, it has the same surface as our previous table with the leaves installed.

I am really excited about it, as I feel it is a beautiful addition to our place here.

It is also nicer because as you see, the four chairs fit very nicely tucked underneath. Our other chairs were bowed a bit and we wound up keeping only two here at our place. As a result, when we had unexpected guests, we were a bit short of seating. Even when we planned, we had to ask them to bring their own chairs.

By the time everything was set up, it was after 10pm. I was going to update my “shop” page on the Lumberjocks site and had some other photos of where I work for both there and the painting group. It seems that as creative people, we all like to see each others’ work spaces and where we create.

I know it is only a table and chairs, but for me, it is thrilling! My dear auntie Dorothy had made me several beautiful table runners like the one you see in the photo, and they look beautiful on the new table. It is just another way to make our little place here a wonderfully comfortable home.

I hope to get a lot of things done today, and I am already running behind. But taking the trip was well worth it to me and I love my place here even more. Today will be a wonderfully creative and fun filled day – as I have lots of “elf tasks” planned.

I hope you all have a wonderful day as well.

Happy Thursday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 01:00 PM

you done good there girl

always nice to upgrade
(i actually cleaned my table recently)
and feel better about the occasional guest

we can sit comfortably
without pushing everything aside

will you need to sit on a book now
to work on it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 01:13 PM

LOL David – I am rather long-legged (5’6”) so I won’t have any trouble at all. I was always one of the tallest girls in grammar school, towering over the boys! Keith’s mom is barely 5’ tall though and I expect we may need a spring board to get her up on a chair! :)

It is a silly thing, but it is nice to have something so NICE in the center of our area. Keith was balking a bit about getting it because we do so much of our work there and he is certain it will get marred. But I am looking into maybe even getting a glass top for it or even clear vinyl to protect it for every day use. I have a large folded self-healing board (that they use for quilting – it is pictured in the photo of my old table above) and it keeps things pretty nice. We just have to be watchful.

In any case, I am happy with it. Funny how small things make us so happy. life is good! :)


(PS – Thanks too, Jerrell! You snuck in here while I was responding to David!) :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 01:13 PM

Looks great congratulations

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 03:45 PM

Sheila and Keith, I’m so happy for your opportunity to add a pleasing new addition to your home. Count your blessings as it is a grand gift from the each of you to the both of you in this joyeous season. You’ll surely enjoy the larger area not only for your guest but your daily work area.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 06:47 PM

Sheila and Keith,

What a nice addition! Think on the positives: if it gets marred or scratched, both of you are fine woodworkers who can easily refinish the top and make it like new again. But, the anticipated scratch probably won’t even happen with the way you two take care of your things! ;-)


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 11:23 PM

What a beautiful set! It fits in perfectly to your place and it’s always nice to work in beautiful surroundings. You both deserve to spoil yourselves! Your all season tree makes the corner look nice and cozy there.
Enjoy your evening. We are back to normal Westcoast wet weather.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 04:49 AM

Nice looking table set, and goes well with your kitchen décor. it was worth the drive.

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 11:33 AM

Thank you all. It is a really nice upgrade! Since we spend so much time using it, it is great to have a nice place to work. Having a clean and pleasant working place really makes a difference in how we feel about our work. :)

Have a great day! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 01:57 PM

That’s a big plus as far as work/play area.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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