October 24, 2012Our “New” Vintage Formica Kitchen Table
I am happy to announce that our long search to find a vintage dinette table for our kitchen is almost over. Tom and I have been looking for a classic looking chrome-edged Formica-topped table for a few years now. Even though we see these tables literally everywhere, it has been hard to find just the right one because we were looking for a certain set of requirements. The first, and most important, requirement was that it had to be big. I mean, really big. Our eat-in area in our kitchen is quite large, and so we were looking for a table that at least had one leaf that we could leave in all of the time. And, this is where things got kind of sticky, the leaf had to be the same color as the rest of the Formica table top. You would not believe how hard that is to find. A lot of those little tables didn’t have the leaves in them very often, and sometimes the leaves were never even used. Because of this, the tabletop faded while the leaf stayed all shiny and new. So, when you put the leaf in, it doesn’t match the rest of the table. Which wasn’t going to work for us, because we needed to leave the leaf in all the time. We must have looked at literally hundreds of tables over the last few years that were the right size and pattern for our kitchen, but the leaf and the table just didn’t match.
So, you can imagine how stunned I was when I walked into my local Habitat for Humanity Restore and saw not one, but TWO dinette tables that had two leaves with them and the leaves matched almost perfectly.
It was pretty amazing. Tom wasn’t as excited as I was, mostly because I think he was holding out for a pink table, but when I told him the tables were only $40 each he decided that gray and peach stripes were good enough for us, at least for now.
So, here is our “new” vintage kitchen table! As you can see, the leaf doesn’t match perfectly, but it matches well enough that you only really notice that it doesn’t when some idiot like me points it out. And the extra bonus is that there is another leaf to this table as well, so we can expand it again if we are having a large dinner party. Huzzah!
What about you guys? Do you have the perfect vintage dinette table? Tell us all about it!