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.