Our kitchen/family room is a combined open area but the kitchen has linoleum and the family room carpet. We have no room for a kitchen table & chairs for our family of six and I don't want to turn the dining room into the main eating area.
Two of our kids are still young and our dining room table is an heirloom, myself being the 7th generation to own it. Would the easiest thing be to just rip up the carpet & linoleum? We don't have the budget for new floors right now, but we could seal the concrete and just deal for now, I guess.
The reason for not wanting to eat on the dining table yet is that my youngest destroys just about everything. He's eight but has amazing strength. When he was two he ripped two bedroom doors completely off the hinges. The kids don't like eating in the dining room unless we get together with my sister: we are a family of six and so are they. Our table is the only one big enough to get our family around. My kids are aged from 15 to 8 and they love being in the kitchen/family room area. They feel comfortable there and it's where we have all our great family dinners and discussions.
Family dinner is very important to us and I want the kids to be comfortable, but I also want to start graduating them to the "big people" table. I just don't want my demolition kid going bonkers on my heirloom! We already have pads and tablecloths, so that's not an issue. My great-grandmother had them made when she inherited the table through marriage.
Answer by mom2aspclboy at 11:50 AM on Jan. 4, 2011
Answer by twinsplus2more at 12:08 PM on Jan. 4, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 12:36 PM on Jan. 4, 2011