It worked... but it was HUGE. It could easily fit 12 people (5 easily on each bench). Bob liked it, so I kept it... but I started noticing one thing: we never used it unless we had people over.
Plus, it took over the entire room.
I really wanted a table where we all routinely sat down as a family. This also would mean less TV in the evenings, something I really want to accomplish.
We also found that our stuff and the baby's things began to accumulate on the floor on the right-hand side of the table. And, the table was a gathering place for us to stick stuff, from mail to gardening supplies, to bags, to you name it.
So, we decided to tell our behemoth table. I ordered our new table and posted our old one. It sold pretty quicky, so we were down to the patio table outside for a dining table for about five days. :)
And, here's our new dining room with our table (we got it from West Elm):
Yes, we actually purchased something new! But, I did have a 15% off card, and they messed something up, so I got $33 of shipping reimbursed. So, while that's still not a cheapie table, it's not too bad. Plus, we have a table we'll use for a long time.
(now we just need to get those prints in the background reframed...)
For our stuff that accumulated in the right-hand corner of this room, we made another purchase. I had a gift card from Target and bought this table.
So, our cluttered corner is no more!
So, our once-filled space is now a lot more open and airy. We LOVE it, and, proof that it works: We ate dinner at the table last night together.