Since we switched our dining and living room around, something hasn't looked quite right to me. I think it was too much dark wood. I've wanted a small buffet server for a long time and now with my "new" dining room, I had space for one. But did I want to get rid of my massive but lovable Salvation Army china cabinet? It was a hard choice.
I got advice from friends, the Gardener and I thought and thought (way too much mental energy used here ...)
And then we began to look.
It was fun. We went to a lot of antique shops we hadn't been to in a long while. It was interesting to see what all was out there. Buffets are a hot item right now. I found several old ones that looked possible but still something wasn't right. I wanted a small one and found several that would work. But more money than I wanted to spend.
Suddenly something clicked in my mind. Sometimes you have to shop around to realize what you want is right at home. I knew that an old sewing machine table in the upstairs guest room was just the size I wanted. It could stand in as a serving table for a time to see if that's what I really wanted there.
I am so pleased, especially with the price.
And how many times did I empty out the cabinet(s) to move things around?
I'm embarrassed to say.
But it all works for now. And putting on a tablecloth helped with the
all the dark wood. A new chandy and new panels at the windows,
and a transformation has taken place at very little cost!
It pays to come back home for another look!