expandable dining table in studio apartment
Photo: D.P. Simmons III
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Crafty Table

Entertaining in a studio apartment presents a unique set of challenges. An invaluable asset is a table that can double in size in five seconds flat. This one is the first piece of furniture I bought after college, a sturdy if prosaic workhorse whose finish took a beating over the years. To give it new life, I disassembled it, sanded it down, wrapped the components in Kraft paper, embellished the top with hand-cut and -painted lettering, and scattered skeleton leaves from Paper Presentation across the interior surface. If nothing else, it's a conversation piece that takes the focus off my cooking.
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