Do you know the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? The classic children’s book is described as adivisive book in children’s literature. I think of our dining room table as our giving tree and the heartbeat of our home.



We found our dining room table at a furniture store in Denver. We purchased it after we moved from Ohio to Colorado. The traditional, cherry stain furniture did not work in our brownstone in the suburbs home.

My husband and I fell in love with this table with its dark stain and knotty texture. It was marked on clearance. Nobody wanted this table with live edges.

Like proud parents, we loved to show it off to friends and family.


Like most dining rooms, the dining room table was located in the most unpopular room in the house. Through the years, our dining room table carried the load for our family.

It became the piece of furniture that was the catchall for tennis racquets, shopping bags, sweaty uniforms,  and mail. It was our giving table.


For holidays and family dinners I clear the clutter and give the table a fresh coat of furniture.

Seasonal tablescapes were created over her rough edges. She is loved!


But, it turns out there is a twist in The Giving Tree analogy. Maybe, we gave a little bit of love back to the dining room table.

Let me explain.

During our first Thanksgiving, with a dozen relatives squeezed around our table, we discovered that the rough edges and bumps on the surface were a bit of a challenge for the dining experience.


It turns out the glasses wobbled.. like Weebles.

My husband panicked and had plans to order a glass tabletop. Over my grey roots (see what I did there). On that Thanksgiving night, I fell more in love with our table; it wasn’t perfect.

And neither were we.

fall dining room table centerpiece

The design to create a table for a Colorado home could not keep a wine glass level. The glasses wobbled. Kind of like grandma after her second glass of Chardonnay. Grandma blamed the table.

Maybe it was the table. Our table.


While my husband suggested a glass top, I suggested bubble wrap placemats. If you are new here I love to repurpose everyday objects.

It turned out, that the table’s imperfections became the best conversation starters with a table full of guests (and drinking glasses).

And, just like the book, written by Shel Silverstein, our dining room table gave us a little bit more.

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  1. Carol Claremont says:


  2. Such a cute and funny story! I love your table and have a similar one. It’s always a bit of a game to find the right place for a glass to sit where it doesn’t wobble! XO

  3. I so get this! We had a 96 inch farmhouse kitchen table custom made from barn wood when we moved into our house in the Chicago suburbs. It’s not completely smooth by any means but due to all the imperfections its very forgiving (can you say little kids’ messes virtually disappear? lol) Ours is also a bit “tipsy” but I love it for that! Your story very much resonates with me:) Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. Kathleen, your comment made my day! you get it! xo laura

  4. kimberlymast says:

    Hi Laura!
    I love your table and can picture all the gatherings around it. I have an unfinished 9-foot farmhouse table that was custom made for our room. I’ve been undecided on how I want to finish the table. I had been leaning towards a distressed look and reading your post has helped convince me more. I love a perfectly imperfect piece. I enjoyed your story!

    >>> Kim

    1. HI Kim, thank you for such a sweet comment. This perfectly imperfect table is a member of the family! I am following you via Bloglovin! laura

  5. That is a gorgeous table.. I have both kids and elderly in laws in the house so an uneven table top would just mean more things for me to clean up..

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