Discouraged because you are sick and tired of your rundown, outdated table but just can’t swing a new one? Take faith, my friend. Literally, take Faith’s technique for updating her dreary, distressed-and-not-in-a-good-way dining room table.
A coat of “oops” paint on the chairs, a light weathered look on the legs and (if you or your significant other is handy with the power tools) a little narrowing and lengthening of the tabletop. Now the table can accommodate three chairs on each side, and gobbles up way less space in the room. Lovely! Check it out on her blog Faith of All Crafts.