Placemats of stone
We recently purchased a new dining room table. We decided to downgrade from our black, bar-height, solid wood table that could fit eight people. It was just a little too big for the place we’re in now and as much as I loved it, I was ready for a change. I found a great Ikea table and chairs on craigslist. It’s still black and pulls open to seat eight if needed but it’s normal table height and fits nicely in our dining space. The one problem I have with it, and I knew this going in, is that it’s cheap. The tabletop seems to keep getting scratches in it from things I wouldn’t think would cause scratches. It’s been a little frustrating but like I said, I knew it was a cheap table.
I hate tablecloths so I knew that wasn’t an option for trying to save my table. So I’ve been looking for place-mats. When I saw these stone ones, I knew they would be a perfect fit for our house. They look super expensive but they’re just 12 x 12 stone tiles that you can buy from any home improvement store. I’m assuming they have that stiff mesh on the back so I’d probably put a felt backing on them to make sure they didn’t cause any more scratches on my table.
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UPDATE: For those of you looking to purchase something like this… here are a few options I found… Click on the photos below.
There you go. :)