Love Letter to a Built-In Kitchen Table

Our built-in kitchen table was installed when the previous owners renovated. At first I hated it, but a few years later, I'm in love. Here's why.

Although we had to find a new home for our beloved round table, the granite built-in is durable, easy to clean and completely immovable. I never worry about anything damaging the surface, or about coordinating table linens, since we put our plates directly on the table. We take most of our meals in the kitchen and it's a great fit for my family of five (my twins are on the verge of transitioning out of their high chairs and into boosters at the table), and because it is a peninsula set on a center post there are no pesky table legs for us to negotiate.

So thank you, previous owners, for doing this thing that I would have never in a billion years considered.

PS — we ripped out your fug MIRRORED backsplash and replaced the janky old appliances right after closing, but we are sticking with all of the cabinetry and granite for now.

(Image: Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph)