Someone’s dining table badly needs a makeover. That would be ours. Don’t laugh but our table is presently clad with a tarpaulin table cover. The cheapest in town! Hubby got some clean scrap (unused) tarpaulin and reused it into a table cover. We tried plastic cover once or twice and they tore easily. We also tried tablecloth (not the finest oval tablecloths premier table linens though) but someone spilled a thick sauce on it leaving an unsightly and permanent stain. So we decided to have another plastic cover before our present tarp cover.
I might also consider a cheaper table cloth from the thrift shop or if I can’t find something decent I might commission a seamstress neighbor to make me a table cloth from the materials she purchased in Divisoria. She would definitely give me a big discount for the project since the cloth material is bought wholesale.
Normally I would reserve the expensive fabrics for the bedroom and the living room and would opt for cheaper ones or discount upholstery fabric to be used for the kitchen. It is way too impractical to dress the dining table and other dining furniture with expensive materials. Think of numerous messy spills and dozens of nasty stains that will require a huge amount of effort to get washed off, or worse, a considerable amount of money to have it dry cleaned! There are cheaper alternative that would still help achieve the contemporary and homey effect that I want on my kitchen and dining area. A little creativity and a good alliance with a good tailor will help me do the trick many times over.
I am sure everyone will agree when I say that eating is one of our most favorite activities. We spend hours gathered at the dinner table during meals enjoying home made dishes and other goodies spewed from the kitchen courtesy of mom. It is the most opportune time to get updates from the other members of the family on how their day went out. It is also a perfect way to distress and relax after a grueling stint at work. Eating also gives us a kick plate full of our favorite dishes and there is nothing else you can ask for in the world, right? Well except for another round of your favorite vanilla ice cream for dessert, perhaps!