Gather 'Round: 6 Inspiring Dinner Table Stories

When the family gathers to share food and laughter, the dining table stands at the center of it all. Whether handmade, purchased, or inherited and steeped with history, the table holds special significance to families, particularly at holiday time. It's where memories are made. Here, we revel at the tales from six bloggers who share the origins of their own dining sets and how they make fit within their own homes.

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  1. A Reminder of Family


    "I like to think the table was made by my dad and I," says Diana of Our Vintage Home Love.  "He had just learned to turn table legs and made these before he passed away. When I needed a table, I used the table legs he made and created the rest using some of his scrap wood. Family dinners were very important to him, so it's very special to have a piece of him at our dinner table since he is no longer with us."

  2. Making It Your Own


    "When the price tag on a new, solid-wood, round table was too high, my husband and I came up with our own design," says CK of CK and Nate. "The octagon shape was slightly easier to build, and we loved how it made the table unique. Plus, it's built in four pieces—two top and two bottom—to allow us to add expansion leaves. At holidays, that easily fits 12-14 people, but we can still sit eight even when it's closed."

  3. Mixing and Matching


    "We got the table from Pottery Barn when I worked there in college (and got a discount too good to pass up)," says Aileen of At Home In Love. "We’ve been collecting the chairs from thrift stores and antique malls since then. They’re a mismatched crew, but I like it that way. Our dining set already has the look of having been used for many years—so I don’t have to be concerned about scratches, spills, and dings."

  4. Love at First Sight


    "My parents run a booth in a local antique mall, and I saw this table in their furniture stash," says Jennifer at Dimples & Tangles. "The chunky legs stole my heart in a second, and I purchased it from them before they could move it into their booth. I don't usually hesitate to paint most older furniture, but I wanted the table to stay close to it's original condition—even played up its distressed legs."

  5. Cutting Corners


    "I made this table and bench from scratch," says Aaron of And Then We Saved. "Since we don't have a work shed, I made all the cuts at the hardware store and constructed it all on our patio using just a few tools. We love the rustic, slightly imperfect, organic look of the table and bench, and how they combine with the elegant, turn-of-the century details of our 1907 home."

  6. A Colorful Inheritance


    "I painted this dining table for friends—they had inherited the set from other friends who were moving—with a watered down Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey," says Meesh from the blog Imeeshu. "My friends wanted a look that could stand the test of time. They knew they'd get scratches and nicks, so the shabby look was a perfect choice. And this sturdy table is perfect for this family of 6, which has an open-door policy."

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