Q: My father had a large table custom-made when he had his first son back in the '70s. The table eventually sat nine of us kids over 25 years and has become a sort of iconic fixture in the memories of our family — birthday cake poses, holiday meals, Sunday brunch and just plain dinner with the family every evening.
I get very sentimental about this table now that we all have left my parents' house and I am the only one interested in keeping it. To be fair to my siblings, none of us has had more than two children of our own to begin with but, maybe more so, it is kind of dated looking. I am proud we had benches before benches became a stylish alternative to chairs, but the big curvy legs separate this retro farm table from the more minimal style of rustic farm tables today that I am also fond of. I love this table and am thinking of ways to restore it because, I must admit, I don't really like it. What could I do to update its look without losing its memories?
Sent by Sarah
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