Monday, June 15, 2009

More furniture!

We have a new (well, new to us!) set of table and six chairs. The table has an extension that makes it possible to seat eight if necessary.

The table has a few scratches, but I'm not too concerned about that because it will be covered with a tablecloth. The chair seats will need to be re-upholstered or simply covered (I'm leaning towards the second option) because they have a few stains that are difficult to remove.

Otherwise, I love this set. It's sturdy; it's solid wood; and we actually have matching chairs in our living/dining area now! The wood looks decent after polishing, but if we renovate it, I'm sure it will look as good as new.

And the best part? It was entirely free, and even delivered right to our house.
We are still keeping our old table and folding chairs. The table holds fond memories - it was found and rescued by my husband just a few days before our wedding, and renovated by my father-in-law. It's still in excellent condition and very light - will be perfect for Sukkot when we eat outside, or when a few extra seats are needed.
A bit of encouragement for engaged or newly wed couples: none of our living room furniture is new, but it's solid and sturdy and works perfectly well. God provided everything we needed and more. It doesn't have to take a lot of money to start a household, and you can have excellent finds if you just look around a bit.
PS: I forgot to mention this dining set used to belong to a rabbi we hold in high esteem. It makes me so happy when I think about the many blessings that were recited by that holy man at the table which is now ours. I'd like to think that the table carried those blessings with it into our home.

31 comments:

Anna A said...

Gorgeous! How do you find all these lovely things for free??

I like buying used things (and would love to get it for free, but no such luck here...) instead of cheap non-wood stuff, costs less and it's so much more ecological. And it doesn't feel bad to upgrade when finances allow (I wouldn't upgrade that table set though, it's so beautiful)

Ps. I liked your story too, I look forward to reading how thigs will turn out for Rebecca.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful set! I really like the detail on the chair backs. We started with all free furniture as well. So are Autumn and Jon.

Anonymous said...

Wow, apart from the upholstery, I thought this was new !! I'll bet you could re-upholster the chairs yourselves too. Great find !!

Cristina
xx

Jenna said...

Very nice! :)

justme27 said...

What a lovely set! When you re-cover your chairs, I'd like to hear about it. I need to do the same with mine, but have been lazy about it. :)

Pom Pom said...

The family table is crucial. What a sweet blessing that yours appeared and you love it. Many tasty meals will sit on your new table. You'll share with others, you'll nourish them . . . bless you. We still have our first table and I am very attached to our current dining room table. It also came as a gift.

PandaBean said...

These are gorgeous! I would love a set like that. The table we have is more visual than functional, IMO. We have a separate kids table that my MIL bought for the girls that has been wonderful. Our living room set is hand-me-down from my in-laws. It's starting to look really shabby now tho. It is still very functional!

God Bless!
PandaBean

Tereza said...

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

You know, I think it was a great find, and a blessing! Not to mention beautiful! I love that color wood. The design on the chairs is very appealing! Recovering those seats is a good option, and should be pretty easy! Have a great day! Leah

jAne said...

There's an old phrase ...

"Never despise meager beginnings."

Your table and chairs are lovely, AnnaT. What a blessing to have something 'new', something that offers additional seating for more company.

jAne at tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Hearth said...

Three yards of fabric was enough to reupholster the 6 chairs we got used not long ago - and I found some fetching fabric for $7 a yard. It wasn't even too hard to do. :)

Just an encouragement. LOVE your new table.

(PS We still pick up used things more often than not, and we've been married 14 years).

Mrs. White said...

The furniture is beautiful! I am so happy for you. In our house, everything was either given to us or purchased used over the years. My husband I have been married going on 21 years this July. We live in a 150 year old house that needs a lot of work, which we won't do unless we have to....And we have simple furniture. It really makes things nice when everything is clean and orderly. There is a lot of character in a home like this.
Blessings
Mrs. White

mumsybyrd said...

Anna, the table and chairs are a wonderful blessing, they do look practically new. As a seamstress, upholsterer, I would recommend taking the old fabric off, it usually is not a good idea to just 'cover' the old chair. For one, it makes it very bulky when stapling the new fabric down, and also bulky when screwing the seat back to the chair. New fabric, with a little padding of dacron or cotton roll over the foam is great as it smooths the fabric. After I recovered my chairs, I usually placed a kitchen towel on my children's chairs to keep some of the 'messy' hands from staining the fabric. Happy sewing!
Debbie

Capriel said...

That is a very lovely piece of furniture. Most of the furniture in my home is second hand and is in very good condition. I'm sure you will be enjoying it for years to come.

The Whites said...

This is how our experience has been also! We bought all of our original furniture from thrift stores & estate sales (except our table/chairs). We ended up not needing anything we had bought! We found a beautiful coffee table and matching end table thrown out by one of our neighbors and our next door neighbor gave us a beautiful living room set (practically new) because he didn't have room for it! We also found this to be the case with baby things too!
The Lord provides!

Dirtdartwife said...

What a beautiful table and chairs! We have been married for over 10 years and I'm not kidding, the only thing that matches is our 60 yr old dining set that I inherited from my grandparents when they passed away. Nothing else in my house matches and I wouldn't have it any other way. We're not eclectic but just can't afford alot of the really "nice" stuff, however what we have reminds us of our beginnings. And you're right, God provides what you need when you need it. :)

Kelly said...

Cute table.
FYI a coat of beeswax furniture polish will hide even some very deep scratches.

Kelly

Sheila said...

I think it's wonderful to use older furniture. It's usually better made. That's how I furnished each of my homes over 37 years of marriage and I received many compliments. I see it as a challenge to make everything blend into a nice presentation. Using the same colors or different shades of them makes a unifying effect. Best wishes on your adventures in homemaking and motherhood.
Sheila

Shannon said...

Hi Anna! I am so glad you got this wonderful dining room set! All of my furniture is second hand, and it works out perfectly! Some pieces need a little TLC and they are good as new!

SweetPeaknits said...

I love a good find.

Anonymous said...

The set is so lovely!!!

It's so true that the Lord provides for our needs.

Your posts are always so encouraging!
:)

-Grace

Lillian the Ponderer said...

What a lovely table and just the right size for now, simply covering the seats is probably a good option and means that can always make a couple of different covers (as time allows) for different seasons etc.

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love a big table top! I like to think of our dining room table as an extension of our laundry room. Lots of room to fold the clothes of many children upon!! Actually, we do so much at our table...eat, fold laundry, play games, do crafts, cut out patterns, visit with friends, family meetings, the list goes on. After the marriage bed, I think the dining table is the next most important piece of furniture in our homes! What a blessing your new set was free. My husband and I have been married almost 19 years and we still choose used furnishings. It saves us so much money and they look and perform just fine for our family.

Lydia said...

Oh Anna,
It's so beautiful. In America furniture like this is very expensive new. Especially solid wood. And so gently used furniture is also expensive. They call it antiques here.
I came to America with just two suitcases and dreams years ago. Today God has blessed my family and me with many material possessions. But even though we have money to buy the latest and the newest we don't. We still have the old table I bought when I first came to America and was single. But I bought a big table because I loved to cook for my friends. It was scarred. But it looked well used and I always imagined some family having dinner around it and children doing home work on it. Family gatherings and things like that. Today my little family gathers around the same table. My kids do homework on the table while I cook dinner. We sit together as a family and my husband says grace. And though my extended family is miles away across continents and oceans, it warms my heart. This little old table of mine. That I bought for so little so long ago. I will part with some jewelry before I part with this. Because of the memories. May you and Shira and your husband have great memories around this table.

God Bless you.

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

I inherited virtually ALL of my furniture; I got it all free! With the exception of a mattress set for my bed, I didn't pay a cent for any of my furniture. It was my family's old furniture, which was in good shape.

BTW, I like the table set. Its design isn't too modern or old fashioned, so it'll go with lots of different styles-perfect for when you get blessed with more free furniture! Have a good day now...

MarkyMark

Lori said...

Really lovely! So happy for you! :)

Neuropoet said...

Anna - I love how this table looks! Our table is solid wood too... it's actually very used - scratched to pieces :)- but it's been a part of many memories. It was the table in my home growing up - it was the table I first held hands with my husband at (for prayer before a meal) when we first met. When my parents decided they wanted to "get rid of it" and buy something new and less "worn out" I jumped at the chance to have it. Now every time I clean it some memory is awakened, and a nice plus is I don't have to worry about it getting scratched or damaged because it's already survived one family of children as my siblings and I were growing up. :)

~Jenny

Anonymous said...

Anna, I love this set! It's so classic-looking, & you are sure to have it for many years. I am smiling right now just thinking of all the many meals your family will enjoy seated around the table.

blessings,
Brenda

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

That's a nice big table! And covering the chairs should be fairly simple. Our apartment is furnished with mostly second-hand items as well, it's been quite cheap to furnish our place nicely.

Angel said...

Anna, the table and chairs are so pretty. I love the criss-cross backs. Our table and chairs were also free, so I can tell you that recovering the chairs is easy. We removed the seats from the chairs and attached the new fabric with a staple gun. You and your husband will need to do this together so that one of you can staple while the other holds the fabric tight. Then reattach the seats and there you have it...brand new chairs! Have fun!

Mrs. Anna T said...

I forgot to mention this dining set used to belong to a rabbi we hold in high esteem. It makes me so happy when I think about the many blessings that were recited by that holy man at the table which is now ours. I'd like to think that the table carried those blessings with it into our home.

Anna A, this particular set was first discovered by my sister-in-law - the aforementioned rabbi got new furniture, and asked her if she would like to have this old set. Since she already has a good dining set, she reserved it for us.

Otherwise, we just look around at what people are throwing out, and sometimes also get free stuff through an Israeli online giveaway network.