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Do You Dress Your Table?

Since I inherited a dining table from my mother-in-law that I could never afford otherwise (thank you Linda!), I try to be extra careful with it by using coasters, tablecloths, and place mats before anything gets set down on its burnished wood surface. Which doesn't prevent accidents entirely: Last week I put a pizza box down on the table for a moment, and its surface fogged up for 10 minutes! Luckily, there was no permanent damage, but I was worried!


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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Glass top on no need to worry about covering anything up or surface damage. If I had a wood surface, I might be more likely to use various clothes, placemats, etc. I do appreciate a nicely dressed table & would do it more for special occasions.
nourhayaty nourhayaty 8 years
i love to dress the table
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Only for special occasions. I do always have a center piece on my table, though.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Yes. All the time.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
All the time! Mostly because they're easier to clean, and I always end up spilling something. Placemats would be pretty useless for me.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
we currently use just placemats, but I think if I had my own house I might use a table cloth. I quite like clothes, especially at christmas, but we have a huge table that doesn't really cover easily, which is why I suppose we use the place mats. I do think cloths look better on smaller tables for some reason.
kmckay kmckay 8 years
like you, i inherited my dining room table when my stepmother bought a new one. i don' t ever want to spend my money on a new set so I'm taking care of the one i have!
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
It's done occasionally at my house. There's all ready dents from when my brother and I were little. My mom was always proud to show off our "artwork." :D
julieulie julieulie 8 years
Yes, I do it to HIDE the surface. Right now, I live in a little one bedroom condo, but it's not where we'll be staying permanently as far as location -- I'm here a few more years while I finish my Ph.D., while my husband lives a few states away for his residency, probably where we will settle down for good. It made no sense to throw $$ down into a real dining room set for the condo we own at my location, or the apartment as his location, so my parents gave me their old kitchen table, which had been my craft table as a child. It actually was a really nice table at one point, until I covered the surface with splatters of paint! So, now it constantly has a tablecloth or placemats and a runner on it to hide my childhood decorations!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I love to. But I let the kids do it :) And like ^^^ said it's just for fun. It's solid oak, if it gets messed up I can always fix it.
shoppindiva shoppindiva 8 years
voted yes, but not really to preserve the table but because it adds to the decor of the room imo.
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