We’ve been busting out of our little eating corner in the kitchen, where the table and number of required seats for our members no longer fit. We’ve been mulling over renovation plans from the totally simple to the ridiculously extravagant (i.e. knocking out walls, moving everything under the sun, etc.)
Anyway, a lot of thinking later we opted to make use of ‘the big room’ in a new way (a large room at the back of the house that has had no real purpose beyond building play forts, as it feels so removed from the rest of the house) and do a whole lot of furniture and room swapping… and so far our renovation costs have been nil!
Ben removed the two giant windows between the ‘big room’ and our new ‘dining room’. He framed them up all nicely and now we have a wide open space connecting that part of the house with the kitchen/dining area.
My favorite ‘renovation’ has been the creation and addition of the lights over our table. When I suggested the idea to Ben, he responded with his usual, “Why not?” spirit and helped me wire up and build this fabulous piece of art that hangs over the table!
First, we went out to the barn and scrounged up an old pallet that looked sort of like a ladder, and me and the kids cleaned it up and painted it. Ben hung it from the ceiling with beautiful old-looking ropes and wired it up for lights. And we made the lights using old mason jars from the basement. Sunny and I have also found it makes a nice place to hang herbs that we are drying… though, we did find an inch-worming rappelling down from the mint at one point. Ahem. Anyway, it’s so lovely to have ample lighting over our long table for the first time!
We also wrote out this excerpt from the wonderful Jesus Storybook Bible on the downward facing rungs of the ladder… I wanted these words to quietly dwell over us as we commune together over our food.
Then Jesus picked up some bread and broke it. He gave it to his friends. He picked up a cup of wine and thanked God for it. He poured it out and shared it.
“My body is like this bread. It will break,” Jesus told them. “This cup of wine is like my blood. It will pour out.”
“But this is how God will rescue the whole world. My life will break and God’s broken world will mend. My heart will tear apart – and yours will heal. Just as the Passover lamb died, so now I will die instead of you. My blood will wash away all of your sins. And you’ll be clean on the inside – in your hearts.”
“So whenever you eat and drink, remember,” Jesus said, “I’ve rescued you!”
Overall, the effect has been quite charming and it’s delightful to finally have the space to fit others more comfortably around the table!