Time for a table seating two

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A tale of table and a vast panorama of the new kitchen
Ah, "that state of methodical and undervalued anarchy common to bachelors" -- Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I was sitting in my comfy chair pondering my new cabinets when I asked myself a simple question: What’s next? I thought for a bit and I realized there was one thing I was still missing. A recent debacle involving food spilling into my lap may have, er, informed this perception.

Not the best picture of the new dining table. Bamboo countertop converted to a trendy and very useful work of culinary construction.

I realized I need a kitchen table. I know. Sometimes … sometimes my friends I can discover the simplest of realizations through the most lengthy of processes.

Truth be told

The fact of the matter is, I have been looking for bamboo countertops for some time in order to make a table. With the new layout of my kitchen, going from an L shape to a galley style I have a middle area that is well suited to fit a narrow table top.

I had read, way back in time, how a woman designed a 24″ dining table for a narrow space. She was then delighted to find that it made supper with friends far more intimate. No more yelling across the grand expanse, but rather whispered intimacies and soft dulcet tones graced her dining forays.

Neato I thought

And double bonus. One of the big boxes has the bamboo countertop in 72″ on sale.

After a lovely adventure into town, I arrive home with a slightly battered (reason for the sale) and extremely heavy bamboo counter top. I had figured to use 32″ to replace a smaller countertop for a better fit against the stove and cabinet above and then use the 40″ section as a small dining table.

As I set up the table for height and orientation though, I needed something to lift the table top temporarily so I could stand back and assess. Hey, that bit of extra counter top will work, so I grabbed the 32″ piece, put it up against the winter water barrel, put the table top on it and stood back.

Now doesn’t that look nice, I thought to myself.

And a table is born. Dado out a block of cherry for a foot. Screw a support block against the wall. Apply silicone liberally. Voila.

And yesterday

And yesterday I came home with a big ol’ load of groceries and like a civilized person, I put them on the table to be sorted and put away. As opposed to the floor. Where, to my shame I admit, the groceries would previously often languish until used.

Ah, “that state of methodical and undervalued anarchy common to bachelors” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Now I only need a countertop height stool.

So how does it all come together?

Well. This is probably one of the goofier panoramas the world has ever seen. However, here is my new kitchen in all its scavenged beauty.

I stitched this together for a friend. Serves as a useful illustration of the 2015 state of my culinary affairs.
I stitched this together for a friend. Serves as a useful illustration of the 2015 state of my culinary affairs.
Just a quick count:
  • Kitchen lower cabinets including sink/taps: 350 + 25
  • Kitchen uppers: 750
  • Stove: 350
  • Microwave: 100
  • Dining table: 150
  • Art: Free
  • Dishwasher: 150
  • Fridge: 400
  • Total: 2,275

To be sure, most of the above is used or repurposed. The expensive grey/glass uppers you see were bought for a different kitchen but ended up here. Better laid plans and all that.

The dishwasher actually involved selling a tabletop model for $50 and buying a used but nearly new Sears model for $150. I didn’t deduct the $50.

The microwave and the fridge were bought new.

The stove was $300, but when I installed it I found out why it was so cheap. The gas control box was snapped in half. I bought a new control box online for $50.


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