I am in the market for a vinyl tablecloth. For my dining room. Wait! I can explain!
My 4.5-year-old has recently become enamored with eating dinner in the dining room. This is fine by me, since up until now the dining room has been used exclusively for housing the play kitchen and the time-out chair and I am happy to be getting some use out of the room. My dining room set is a hand-me-down and prominently features 70s-style wicker back chairs, but the tabletop is actually quite beautiful with a series of large wood inlays radiating from the center in a starburst pattern. Since the tabletop is by far my favorite feature of the set, and since I don't foresee being able to purchase a new set of my own for many years, I want to protect the table from puddles of milk and flung noodles and mashed peas and all the other messes that accompany any dining experience that includes small children.
As far as I can figure, the best way to protect my table with limited daily intervention and without spending piles of money for custom-made pads is with a vinyl tablecloth. This had me pretty severely bummed, because even my style-challenged dining room would not benefit from a dose of picnic-chic, but then I found this:
(Photo from Amazon.com)
And I am thinking it is maybe not so bad? I mean, it is not at all to my taste, but it does make a good fit with my furniture and it doesn't look like maybe there's really a picnic table under there and it would be hard for the kids to sneak blobs of jello under it. I want something I can leave on the table all the time, and I don't know if I can deal with full-time "lace," but I haven't found anything better.
I'm having a hard time deciding. You decide for me, ok?