Wow some freaky Friday the 13th for us bloggers, wasn’t it. I had noticed Blogger having some issues yesterday, but that they would go down completely came unexpected. Well our blogs were still there, even if our last post vanished into a void for a day, and all is good now.
If you happened to have missed my last post, you might want to check it out. I did quiet a cute Tablescape with homemade lace napkin rings.
So what did I do to fill my day now that I couldn’t blog? Well of course I turned to painting. Painting something white, again…. of course…..
I couldn’t help myself, I really honestly contemplated going for another color. That lasted about 5 seconds flat and then out came the white paint.
I am painting our new old patio table.
Remember when I told you that our old table looked far too small under our new back porch? I really wasn’t exaggerating. Look here, this is a picture I took in the Fall of last year after the work on our patio was just finished.
The porch stretches over the entire width of our house and the terrace even extends a bit further into the garden. That sad old table that was falling apart anyway, really didn’t cut it on this terrace. The proportions were all wrong. And to be honest I never liked its size in comparison to those big Lord Yo chairs anyway.
Well that garden table has been repurposed into my new planting bench as you all know (btw I am so excited, that makeover is reaching its final stages, can’t wait to show you). So we were on the lookout for a new patio table.
We wanted something long and narrow because that would fit best.
We found it: an old refectory table (= kloostertafel).
We were so lucky in finding this one. I had my eyes out for one all through winter, but all the ones I saw on the Dutch Craigslist were either not suitable or too expensive. Right after Christmas we met the carpenter who had built the patio again in his showroom where he also sells garden furniture. His wife was there too and I started chatting with her about our search for the new table and asked if she thought I could find a new table in that awkward size. Her husband joined in and we went back and forth a bit about it and whether it would be worth it to have it custom made, and he promised to keep a look out for us, when his wife suddenly said:
”But we have an old refectory table in the basement, we don’t use anymore, remember I got it with my father when the convent down the road was clearing out”.
Yes! They had to sleep over it for a night and then decided that they were willing to part with it and for a price that we jumped on. So home with us it came.
This table is, as you can see, very long and very narrow. All the real refectory tables are like that.
I did a little research and found that in most convents and monasteries all the sisters and monks eat together in the refectory. In most convents idle chatter during meals is not allowed, instead meals are a time of contemplation and gratitude for the nourishment.
The tables are either set up in a circle shape like above, or in lines behind each other.
Only one side of the table is used so if you are eating you are either looking at the back of someone in front of you, or that person is sitting on the other side of the room (I even saw pictures where the tables were pushed up against the wall so you’d be staring at a blank wall while you eat).
Now that makes for interesting tablescapes, don’t you think?
Anyway that is why our refectory table, that came from a convent a few towns over, is so narrow too.
And that is exactly how we want it. There is plenty of space for us both to spread out the newspaper, or for me to craft on one end while my Love studies on the other, or for hosting diner parties with 10 or more people.
The table is exactly wide enough to hold two plates opposite of each other, so when I do have a lot of people over my planting bench will have to double as buffet table.
This table is old, it has had a life, it needed some TLC badly. And that eighties yellow pine color wasn’t working for me. Hence the painting.
I am using sturdy outdoor paint to protect it from the elements. Although it is standing under a roof, it will have to endure harsher temperature and moisture conditions then it is used too. So I am giving it a coat so to speak.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
So now that you know what I’m doing during the weekend tell me what you will be doing? Something fun planned? Does it include white paint…..?
And what did you do with all that extra time, when Blogger fell into that big black hole?