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How can I gussy up my kitchen table?

This is my kitchen table. It was given to my husband by his parents when he bought his first bachelor's pad (now our family home), and it is a good one that performs all of its table-related duties. I am grateful for it, especially considering it is the only one we have. But sometimes I wish it was more … special. Besides a tablecloth, what are some ways I could gussy up this table and make it more uniquely ours?

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Avoid the dining room nightmare: 3 tips for buying new dining chairs

Seven years ago when I started college, I bought some cheap Ikea chairs. Starting last year, one by one, they started to give in. For $25 per chair, I can say they ended up being a pretty good buy — but I decided I was ready to go upscale a bit and buy myself furniture that I would really love. And just like that, I got caught in the unexpectedly wild adventure of buying new chairs for my dining room. So I thought I'd share with you my newly acquired expertise on buying chairs for your dinning room, you know, to at least save you the therapy fees.