My grandmother had a prized possession. It was a pink marble-top coffee table that she loved with all her heart. She always said that when she was dead that she wanted someone to keep it in the family. And we did.
Now you have to understand that no one else particularly liked this coffee table. My grandmother tended towards French Provincial style in her furniture taste and while she adored the table, it wasn’t something that fit in with the decor anywhere else. But it was kept at my mom’s house for the next 27 years.
Until I moved in.
At that point the house had more furniture than you could shake a stick at. Something had to go to make room for the belongings that I was moving in. There simply wasn’t room enough for both me and that coffee table. But I had an idea.
You see, my grandmother was a practical woman at heart. She came of age in the Great Depression and she was a master at making things work. So instead of simply selling the table for next to nothing, or just toss it, I decided that it was time to breathe new life into an old table and make it work.
The pink marble top really is pretty – and durable. But instead of residing INSIDE the house, it now resides OUTSIDE the house where it has been repurposed as an outdoor table.
My hubby removed the legs of the table and put the top into a trestle table that he built and painted. The table is waist high and perfect for putting plants on or using as a side table when we barbecue outside. It’s pretty and durable, and best of all, it’s still being used. I still smile every time I pass by the table and I like to think that my grandmother is happy with its current use. I suspect that she’d have done something similar given the circumstances.