Have you ever just had a hankering to start moving furniture around for the fun of it? Mr. Dock and I got a little crazy this weekend and switched up three rooms! Half way through the semester and this is EXACTLY the refresh I needed.
I’m thinking this a common situation for families, but in our house we had a kitchen table and a dining room table- both moderately the same size and both adjacent to the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need two spaces to clean crumbs and spilled milk from. So why not eliminate one? That’s exactly what we did- removed the formal dining room table, and turned the room into a new school room (yay!).
We moved the old kitchen table in here and it’s now the schoolwork table. Sure, it’s the same table we did schoolwork at before, but somehow I think that now it’s ONLY for schoolwork-ish things (not eating), it might feel new and exciting for the kids, and a little more of a distraction-free zone.
My desk had been down near my sewing area, but I decided to move it up to the school room so that we could all be at our little desks together. :) And, to be honest, I think I needed to be closer to those new nautical curtains I snagged on sale!
We’re close- so I can supervise- but also give them space when they’re busy with seat work on their own.
This new school room (old dining room) is conveniently still right off the kitchen where we used to do our school, so I can still pop around the corner to prepare food or do dishes as needed. But the slight separation is great because the boys can be eating in the kitchen, and not bother the school happenings.
So if the kitchen table is in the dining room, where did the dining room table go? To the kitchen of course! It’s a fact- we love eating in this sunny room. Why try to deny it by scattering faux eating spots in other rooms? We eat here, and we love it. Period. The kitchen is now the dining room. So how did I make the room for our large table in the eat-in kitchen?? Two words- bench seat!!!!!!!
We’ve had a long buffet table under that window since the day we moved in but, you know, as Pinterest would have it, I saw a super cute window seat a few days ago and I thought, yep, that’s happening. So out with the buffet (wait til you see where we moved it), and in with 3 Stuva benches from Ikea. We lucked out, because they happened to fit in that space perfectly down to the very last quarter inch!
The drawer space is insane! I have one filled with food storage containers and am still plotting what to fill the other two with!
Last night we ate in our new happy eating spot, and what a delight it was. All 4 of the kiddos fit along the bench-side, so we could actually have friends over to eat at this table! It’s cozy, it’s sunny, and we are 100% in love with it.
And last but not least- poor old grey buffet table from under the kitchen window. Don’t feel sorry for him. He got a royal spot under the Irish chain quilt (Mr. Dock’s idea) and I don’t think it could be a more perfect fit!
Hooray for nearly-free room re-purposing! For just $200 for the bench seats, we scored 3 lovely new spaces.
I know, I know- what’s the big deal? It’s just moving a few things around. The truth is, it feels big. I’ve discovered that for me, the environment I spend most of my time in plays a real role in my mood. I’m sensitive to things like color, lighting, and the flow of space. So put me in a room that feels dysfunctional or stale, and somehow I find myself working that much harder to stay perky and productive. Does your house need a room swap? Move a few things around and give yourself a fresh new feel!