In the kitchen we had been using my parents' dining table. It worked okay, but didn't fit quite right with our new kitchen storage bench. Plus, if the kids leaned on it the right way, it would tip up a bit. That was kind of weird because it is a solid oak table with pedestal-style legs. I was ready for a change, and something to match my new bench. Time to switch things around a bit.
First we had to come up with a design for our table. We wanted to fill the floor space inside our kitchen storage bench, and we wanted kids to be able to slide around the corners of the table without getting poked by a pointy edge. The legs were another problem that we went back and forth on. With the table and bench being banquet style, we didn't want 4 table legs that might get in the way of those sitting next to them. Pedestal-style legs were another option that we talked about, but we didn't want anything too chunky or ponderous. One day when we went to the thrift store I saw a table with exactly the right legs for our kitchen table. The top was junk-laminate covered fiber-board that had seen better days. The legs were solid wood though and looked in good condition. The store would sell me the table for $20. I didn't think it was worth $20. They let me have it for $15. Yea!
Sorry I didn't get a picture of the junk table. Here's a picture of the table we made after my husband stained it.
It fits our space in the kitchen perfectly.
Here's another picture of the legs: