Do you have any pieces of furniture that have multiple uses? When I think of a multi-purpose piece of furniture I think of our little drop leaf table.
When we lived in our small 22nd floor apartment in Washington, DC this was our only dining area. This table should have fit 4 people at its capacity, but on many occasions we'd squeeze 6 or 7 people around its teeny circumference. Good times we had eating and chatting around this table. I can't even tell you how many pots of tea were served here!
Here's the table back in its glory days. I spray-painted those chairs on our snowy and cold balcony--this was after only the first coat--I just couldn't wait to take a picture. And a neighbor from the 23rd floor came down to ask me to remove whatever was making the whipping noises... it was the plastic drop cloths that I had taped around the entire balcony--it gets windy up high! I remember those days so well!
When we moved into our home in Melbourne, we upgraded and purchased a large dining table. But we never could bear to get rid of this workhorse of a table. It now sits out in our enclosed patio as a spare dining area--but it also frequently stands in as a serving area when we have company. It's also a craft table for me or project table when Mr. Spartan is working on his tech-y stuff. How untechnical did that make me sound?
Yeah, I'm messy when I craft. Wanna make something of it?
I imagine it will be around for years to come. It's Spartan, after all, to make use of what you have!
If you need a great starter table or need a nice spare, check out CSN's supply of dropleaf tables. You'll be surprised at the variety and the low prices they offer. Most of the tables offer free shipping as well--a definite bonus.
What about you--do you have any furniture you can't bear to part with?