Ok, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try something…. since the day Pinterest came out and I saw an image of someone using their dining table as a kitchen island I really wanted to try it myself to see how it would look and flow in our home. Well, I finally got the chance to try it and I’m here to chat briefly about that today with you all in case you to wanted to give it a go. Please don’t mind the patch of unpainted floor below the table. I never got around to finishing this project before posting… but you guys don’t expect me to be perfect right? Thank you! haha…
Why I tried it: We turned our old dining room into an office briefly which was amazing because we wanted an office that was in the center of the home so we would use it more often. We then needed to move the dining room somewhere & I had so much fun experimenting with this. First we put the dining room table in the sunroom which I loved because of all the windows as the table background & then I finally tried the dining table as a kitchen island because… we could!
How it worked: The dining table that we have from Arhaus [HERE] fit perfectly into our kitchen area & we placed it right in the center where the island once was. With dining chairs from Target [HERE] .. the table fit perfectly in the kitchen and in my humble opinion… looked great.
The Pros: I LOVED having the dining room table in the kitchen for so many reasons. I felt like that when people came over or if it was just us we sat around the table in the kitchen it was so cozy because everyone had a seat and we could eat, work, or just sit and chat. I was able to use the table as a workspace when needed as well when it came to cooking. I loved that the dining table in the kitchen encouraged the kitchen to truly be the heart of the home where we always gathered to do all the things. & of course I loved the cozy look of the dining room table in the kitchen. It was unique & full of character… So you know I was there for it!
The Cons: Though I loved the dining table in the kitchen there were some cons and you know I always want to share those with you guys. The kitchen island had a lot of storage that came with it so getting rid of that meant giving up some storage in our kitchen was a definite con. The dining table did offer workspace, but not as convenient as the island did because the chairs were all around the table so there was that barrier that I either had to work around or take time to move the chairs. The dining table also became an attraction for all the stuff like mail, purses, and anything else that we came into the house with. It was for sure easier to keep the smaller island clean.
The verdict: It’s a YES from me! Though we are moving the dining room table back into the original dining room where our office was this week as we are getting an out of the house office & the dining room will be open again… I loved our time with the dining room in the kitchen & would totally do it again. In different seasons of life I can see the dining room in the kitchen being a huge benefit like when having school age kids that can be doing homework while you cook and you can chat about your days…. it really brings the family together.
My hope: As always I hope by me trying this it inspires you in some way. I love experimenting and using our home as my pallet to share all my ideas and inspirations with you guys… this was a fun one! THANK YOU for always stopping by to see what we are up to, what we are trying, and what we are loving… your blog visits mean the world to us! So here is my question to you: Have you ever tried a dining room table in your kitchen? or would you love to try a dining room in your kitchen?
PS my light fixtures are from Schoolhouse [HERE]!