A Dining Room Table Makeover: 5 Benefits of Sharing a Meal with Your Family
by Sherry Kyle
What is your favorite time of the day?
For me, it’s dinnertime. I look forward to gathering my big family around the table for a good meal. We eat, talk, laugh and many times have important discussions about life—including religion, politics and what they are learning in school or at work.
There are many benefits of sharing a meal with your family, but these five stick out in my mind:
- A time to reconnect.
We live such busy lives. Taking the time to share a meal lowers stress and bonds the family together.
- Healthier eating.
Let’s face it, a well thought out meal is good for the health. Studies show kids eat more fruits and veggies when they eat at home.
- Overall health.
Sharing a meal with our kids results in less obesity, leads to less behavior issues and helps kids achieve higher grades in school.
- Sense of community.
Cooking, setting the table and cleaning up are all things kids can participate in to help the family work together.
- A time to share God’s Word.
Reading the Bible or having a family devotion after a meal teaches kids that God is the center of our lives and builds faith.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers.” Acts 2:42
But what is a good meal without a nice table?
Recently, with our four kids almost fully-grown, our table was showing a lot of wear. Many years of meals, birthday parties and craft projects had taken their toll on our butterfly leaf table. As much as I wanted to remember those times, I desired the table to match our newly inherited dining room chairs. Since purchasing a brand new table was out of the question, I dove into the world of chalk paint. After a bit of research, I choose Annie Sloan’s Graphite and Dark Wax.
Usually you don’t have to sand furniture before painting with Annie Sloan’s products, but the woman who sold me the dark wax suggested I sand the top of the table and use only the dark wax on the top to give it a rich, mahogany color.
Next, I painted the base graphite, an almost-but-not-quite black, more like a matted dark gray. By the next morning, I noticed the table needed a second coat for a solid-instead-of-rustic look. After that dried completely, I put on a coat of dark wax over the graphite to darken the base of the table even more.
The following day, I added one more coat of dark wax to the table’s surface to deepen the color. The wax takes 30 days to cure, but we were able to use the table with the help of placemats, coasters and hot pads.
Have you ever given a piece of furniture a makeover?
If you’re interested to know more about painting furniture, there are many tutorial videos on YouTube.
Sherry Kyle is the author of books for tween girls, including a Gold Mom’s Choice Award winner, and new releases The Girl’s Guide to Life and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. She also writes novels for women set along the coast of California where she makes her home with her college sweetheart and their four children. When she’s not writing, Sherry spends her time reading, having coffee with friends and decorating her beach home. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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