Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tables

This past visit, we came home from Provo with a 16-foot Penske. It is were and lots of chairs, an antique armoir, one helicopter kiddie ride (Craig snuck this in), some paintings, a lamp "a' la mon pere" and several other smaller items. Included (not in the smaller items) were the above tables.

The one on the right was my parents first kitchen table. It was subsequently banished to the patio where weather and wear were not too kind. We snatched it up to give it a new home in the Arizona heat on our back porch. It it shown here post-makeover (some sanding and staining).

The table on the left is 14' long and can seat (snugly) up to 20 adults. This huge piece of wood housed nearly every birthday celebration in my family since I can remember. It was the backbone of my parents' "entertaining phase" (a 20 plus- year duration now coming to a close?). It's original home was a castle in Wales. The table dates back 300+ years and is REALLY heavy. We were thrilled when it fit into our home here in Phoenix and though it nearly block the living room entryway it sits in the same spot as our previous dining table (dating back to 2005 from a big blue building called IKEA). I feel lucky to have this table and promise here to fill it up and entertain our own lovely guests--friends and family alike! Anyone for quarters!! Or a backyard picnic. Please please come!!!

10 comments:

Lexi, Troy and Peyton said...

I love tables that are a little weathered- it gives them character and you don't have to worry so much about knicks or scratches. This table looks big enough to seat the Arizona Mangums AND all of the other Mangums from Louisiana to Utah to wherever they are! I love it. What a wonderful piece of history!

jayniemoon said...

What an amazing table! I'm so glad you got to take it home. Other happy news, congrats on your pregnancy! Your writing about it is beautiful. Little ones are lucky to come to such a loving mother.

Rebecca said...

THE TABLE LOOKS GREAT REFINISHED. GLAD IT HAS A NEW HOME! MOM

michelle said...

A 14' table that can seat 20?? I am SO jealous! Add to it the fact that it was in your parents' home all that time and was a part of so many celebrations, and I am even loving it even more. The fact that it is 300+ years old and from a castle in Wales is sending me over the edge. Fabulous!

rebecca said...

I echo Michelle. It is GORGEOUS! And what times you will continue to have around this gem... and now you are free to have 18 kids. Or, a LOT of parties!

Amy said...

300+ years from Wales! And a family heirloom to boot. Love it. And what I love perhaps just as much is the non-matching chairs. Love that. We'll gladly come for entertaining anytime!

Shannon said...

This is what I like about well made furniture, it lasts, it tells stories. Take that Ikea.

Jeni said...

Um, it must have been a logistical nightmare to maneuver that monster through doors and around corners. I'm in moving-mind mode, as you can probably tell.

Lucy said...

What a delicious table! Your parents must be doing some serious downsizing to give up such a gem. I love that it almost blocks your living room entry too! Even more character. Way more than the funky offerings of IKEA.

Enjoy the parties!

Jill said...

How did you end up with your parents' cool furniture? Didn't your siblings want it too? The tables both look amazing.