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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A Pick Me Upper

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table. ~ unknown 

Hello dear friends! After having gone through so much sadness since March, it was wonderful to be able to go shopping for some new furniture! Getting something new certainly helps lift the spirits, don't you agree? We could all use a pick-me-upper once in a while.

We were in the market for a new dining room set. Here you can see the wood of the old table underneath the tablecloth.

The matching chair.

We have had our dining table and chairs for twenty-nine years, and for about the last twelve years, I have been longing to replace them with a new white set. The table and chairs are made of maple and the red gingham chair pads are from Waverly. They were nice at the time, but I needed a change. I had planned to paint the table and chairs myself but then I damaged my back from a fall seven years ago and had to give up that notion. Time slipped away but I kept longing for a white set.

Dining rooms are really all about the table and chairs. ~ Candice Olson

Then last December, we took the table and the leaves to a paint shop to have them painted an antique white. We had the table painted instead of replacing it because it has two leaves and when our whole family is home, it seats pretty much all of us. We knew buying a new table this size would be pricey and we like to be as practical as much as possible. The table is still in great condition, all it needed was some paint.

Paint goes a long way in making old look new. ~ Candice Olson

I had planned to get four new chairs to go with it, but then the corona virus broke out which put the kibosh on those plans. 
While Hubby was on vacation, we found these four chairs which I felt would go well with the table, so we ordered them. The lady who sold us the chairs knew my hubby so she gave us a discount which was nice of her! They are from Ashley furniture and have gently curved backs which are very comfy on my back. I had to choose my chairs carefully because of my back injury and these feel much better than the old chairs. 

We are so happy with how this set brightens up our kitchen-dining area now! It is a sunny spot in our oftentimes dark kitchen.
We will keep the old chairs for family gatherings and we will have enough seats for pretty much everyone.

The new chairs are not a perfect match to the table but I rather like the look because I think it gives the set more character. The seats are padded with a tweed type material which goes wonderfully well with the colours in the floor.

When my children are home, they all hope that their favourite meal is on the menu. One guy loves my spaghetti and seafood chowder while another loves my lasagna. One thing they all agree on is my potato salad. Of course they all have their favourite desserts as well. 

I just smile and I'm happy to oblige them. This leads me to believe that some of their fondest memories were made around the dinner table. 
Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. ~ James Norwood Pratt

Now here is my new table set for tea. Would you like to have tea with me? It's not tea and crumpets, but it is tea and peach danish.
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Oh Sandi, your table turned out beautifully, and looks so nice with your new chairs. I’m sure it does brighten up your kitchen so much. Your pretty blue tea looks so pretty on your table. Yes, I’d love a peach danish and a cup of tea, please. Blessings to you...

  2. Dear Sandi, you are so right...the Table....will always be the center of love for a family. We share everything there, food, thoughts, joy, celebrations, holidays...and sometimes great sadness. But it holds it all...good and bad and memories are always the most precious
    table setting.

  3. Love the transformation! Everything looks lovely.

  4. I'm smitten with your new white dining room set. I LOVE it! How splendid that you finally got your heart wish. It looks lovely where you have it. Getting something new certainly is a way to perk up the heart.

  5. That is beautiful, and yes, it does brighten up your whole area. I am sure you will enjoy the transformation for years to come! We will look forward to seeing your new tea times set on this new background. And I think the chairs look just fine with it. If you hadn't said so, I would have thought they went with it. And I am sure this was a much more economical way to replace your dining room set! I love good bargains! Your tea set in blue and white looks lovely...and the peach danish sounds delicious. Did you make them? It sounds good. Have a wonderful day!!

  6. Sandi, I’d love to have tea with you!

    Your painted table and the new chairs look great!

  7. Your new dining room set is lovely and ready for making more memories! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, Sandi. Be safe and stay well.

  8. Your refinished white table looks as good as new! I'm also admiring the Ashley Furniture chairs. Gotta love the family and friends discount.

  9. Sometimes we just need a change. I think it looks lovely especially with your blue and white china.

  10. Looks great Sandi but I really love those blue and white dishes! You have the prettiest dishes to me. Happy September. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. I love your new White Table chairs, the do look so comfy!
    I thank you for sharing your love of God, gardening, teatime, ocean and more.
    You are such a blessing!

    Thank you

    I bought a TEACUP set,in your honor, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!
    Lifting my cup in prayer that you and your family will be safe and blessed right into Eternity!!


  12. Oh how lovely! I adore white and those chairs look very comfy!
    I have read and have been inspired by your lovely God-filled blogs for years now! I have trouble with google sign in, so my hopeful attempt in sending this.

    Thank You,
    God Bless,
    Roxanne of Waynesboro,Virginia
    Blue Ridge Mountains

  13. Beautiful!!!!
    I adore your blog!
    Thank you for sharing.
    You are a beautiful Woman of God and real ,transparent and inspiration!

    Thank you

  14. I felt warm and fuzzy when I read your post.

  15. Sandi,
    Your new chairs and table are lovely and look very charming in your home...
    I would love to have tea with you any time, my friend!!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for letting me know that you did by leaving a comment!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  16. I love the table and chairs, Sandi! They look perfect together.

    Thanks for brightening up my day with your pick me upper! The peach danish looks scrumptious also!

  17. Hello Sandi:
    I loved reading your posting and seeing that gorgeous teapot! Such pretty photos, thoughts and sentiments! I pray for your each day on my prayer walk!


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