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Skirting the Issue

August 3, 2011
by thenestinggame

This dang living room. For a room I don’t sit in as often as I’d like, it sure is getting the lion’s share of attention. I do love how bright and cheerful it is, so when it gets done, I may just actually use it more. Let’s hope.

So, Taylor had this round tilting table that works really well in front of the window with 2 of our dining room chairs alongside it. We even upholstered the living room dining room chairs (you follow?) in a solid fabric to both coordinate with the living room furnishings and the dining room chair fabric.

But something about it wasn’t floating my boat and I finally put my finger on it.


Every single piece of furniture in the room but one—so TEN pieces—has legs.




Throw my new parrot in there and you have 41 legs in the room.

So what covers up legs? A skirt! A maxi skirt!

Now I know they can be a bit granny, but I found a pleated one that seemed a little more streamlined.

I also adjusted the height of the table a bit. It had always been a little wonky, with two legs on the rug and two legs on the floor.

Enter one Ikea trivet.

And problem solved.

Well, solved after a quick sweep.

I had to double up layers because the table skirt was a bit long, but that’s the beauty of the tableskirt—you can’t see what’s underneath.


Visually, the table takes up more room now, but it balances out the other side pretty well.

But here’s the (other) issue.

I measured the diameter of the table, plus the distance from the tabletop to the floor x2. I got 96″. I found a 96″ tableskirt on Ballard. Perfect! But it shows up and turns out the diameter of our tabletop is 40″ and the drop is 28″. The skirt is made for a 36″ table with a 30″.

So, does that 2″ of pleating on the top of the table bother me enough to return it without another option (as the Internet does not seem to offer a readymade table skirt for my dimensions that’s not for conventioneers and made of polyester)? Does it bother you?

Those pillows, however? $5 on clearance at Target. Woo to the hoo.


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    August 3, 2011 1:12 pm

    Buy fabric and hem with your new sewing machine, or use velcro. The easier the better!
    Think the room is beautiful. Hope your mother in law doesn’t spill another glass of win on the exquisite Oriental Rug!

  2. Kerri permalink
    August 3, 2011 9:59 pm

    Okay….I know this might not be the best option, but……you could put a piece of glass on top and that would somewhat hide the pleats that are driving you crazy. No one would notice it unless you were sitting next to the table, and it would help protect any spills!!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 11, 2011 10:07 pm

      Kerri–I thought of that! It’s really not bugging me so much. I honestly think it looks worse in pictures, but the spill thing is a very valid point! Thanks for the idea, though!

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