Turning the table

For one reason and another, we decided we needed a dining table for the kitchen/dining area.  We’re going to open it up a bit more than it is at present.  Anyway, we traipsed off down the hill and over the tracks to where the shops are and started to look for tables.  The furniture shops here are interesting.  A lot of them are combined with shops that sell TVs and white goods.  Some of them stock furniture from the larger Turkish chains (like Bellona and Istikbal).

We did see a rather nice tin table that would be good for the roof terrace (though I think it would heat up enough to fry an egg – a novel presentation for a brunch party).  Mostly, though, what we saw was rather showy MDF.  I’m not really into interior décor (Ashley notices more than I do) but I was indoctrinated by Heals, Habitat/Conran and Ikea.  The Istikbal/Bellona type of dining table is not really my thing (nor is it really within budget).  We saw some nice wooden (well, probably laminate) tables  at a local shop.  Most of these were expandable.  We then ran into a friend on her way to Tansaş who told us where the second hand shop was…

I’m pretty sure the tables we looked at were, originally, from the local shop we liked.  A lot of them were broken or had pieces missing but we were promised ‘montage’ and we reckon it will be easy enough to improvise for the part of the middle leaf of our table if we need to expand it.  It’s more than a metre square…

The men from the shop insisted that we toook four chairs as part of the deal.  They loaded everything into the back of their pickup truck and we climbed into the front to show them the way.  They carried the table in and assembled it.  They used power tools.  This cost us 100 lira.  Another example of the amazing customer service in Turkey.

When we moved the table where we wanted it (they would have done that but we needed to move a bookcase full of books first…) we realised that the table was rather high.  This was  when Ashley  discovered that he had carefully brought over his jigsaw but forgotten to bring any blades.  There was a pedestally thing which he took off then he countersunk the outstanding screws.  A scraper, apparently, functions reasonably well as a cold chisel.  The main thing is that it now a much better height.   It will seat four comfortably, six at a pinch and, once we work out how to substitute for the missing piece on expansion, probably eight.  And, of course, it will be excellent for board games in winter.

Now we just need a big table for the roof terrace and a small table for the breakfast balcony.  And some jigsaw blades.  We see a trip to Koçtaş in the near future…

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