Have you ever made a purchase that you just weren’t happy with (and couldn’t do a thing about)?
I did; it is our dining room table for our new home. I bought it at a vintage store, no returns…what do you do in a situation like this?
There isn’t anything wrong with this table. It’s quaint, it’s retro. It’s all wood. It has a leaf that makes the eating area a little bit bigger, which is nice. But I just don’t see it anymore for us…and that’s a hard thing to overcome when my mind is made up already. And it clashes like crazy with our TV stand.
Remember this post? I thought I could find a table, any table, and throw a tablecloth on it and be happy. I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy. I also should have listened to my inner self and held off until the perfect one popped up (I really adore pedestal and trestle tables) (this was the same day I (luckily) convinced myself out of buying a Pier 1 Imports headboard…whew, I dodged that one). I have been casually avoiding
this topic the table by piling objects on it…until now.
I think it’s hard to know exactly how your home is going to fall into place, until it actually starts. So the first few purchases are inevitably risky. I’ve already changed my mind about some of the bedding pieces (now that we’ve been sleeping with our virgin wool blanket for a week). But when it comes to a big-ticket item, such as a dining room table, adjusting around the hiccup isn’t so easily accomplished. People will have different opinions about it, but in my case, I really just want to put this table away for a while (until we move on base, or I decide to sell on the likes of Craigslist) and start fresh. I am a homebody; I reeeally need to love every piece we put into this home.
And I can’t tell you how much I look forward to having a real place to sit and eat. Until then, I am officially reinstating the search.
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