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why do people use those oilcloth tablecloths?

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MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:10:57

why not have a table you can show off

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:11:09

(they always look a bit grimy to me)

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 11-Jun-09 16:13:20

Have you been snooping round my house?
<<narrows eyes suspiciously>>

MagNacarta Thu 11-Jun-09 16:14:23

Oh, I'm with you - our wooden table tells a story of our lives since we got it 10 years ago. Small indentations where the dc's would bang things when they were babies, a burn mark from candles during a dinner party etc. No oil cloth for me.

Blu Thu 11-Jun-09 16:14:37

We have a VERY nice table top on our expensive (for us)Habitat table, but as we only have one table to serve all purposes, the oilcloth (it might not be genuine oilcloth) makes a good everyday surface to protect it from all DS's activities, stains, burns, scratches etc etc.

And it isn't sticky or grimy, I don't think.

notcitrus Thu 11-Jun-09 16:15:49

Are you offering to buy me a dining table?
Fab! [goes to look at catalogues...]

Our very practical extending oak table was battered when my parents bought it in 1975 and doesn't look better now. We do have a cloth-cloth for special occasions, though.

Blu Thu 11-Jun-09 16:16:20

When I had an old pine tabletop, it absorbed what came it's way - it looked good 'distressed'.
Our current table would just look 'ruined'!

Hassled Thu 11-Jun-09 16:16:33

It's to make the house look like a Laura Ashley showroom. Which is what we all aspire to, as I'm sure you know.

Plus, it avoids felt-pen on wood incidents.

gatheringstones Thu 11-Jun-09 16:17:06

cos we're idiots and bought a table with a glass top - it was hard work pre kids with smearing. now i shudder to think! also v noisy and ours need no help in the din at dinner stakes.

ButtercupWafflehead Thu 11-Jun-09 16:17:36

Where do you all buy these oilcloths of which you speak?

(I can only find old-lady floral/tartan ones hmm)

BodenGroupie Thu 11-Jun-09 16:19:07

Cath Kidston or John Lewis by the metre....I need to get out more blush

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:19:46


binnable when knackered

TheProvincialLady Thu 11-Jun-09 16:20:32

It's because they come pre-greased and with a bag full of sticky crumbs, so you don't need to go to the trouble of doing it yourself.

MadameCastafiore Thu 11-Jun-09 16:20:37

or that Dunelm Mill place.

gatheringstones Thu 11-Jun-09 16:20:52

have you seen how much that cheeky mare kidston charges for oil cloth? £20 a meter! shocking! why doesn't ikea do it?

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:21:09

beacuse its naff?

ButtercupWafflehead Thu 11-Jun-09 16:21:25

really? are they gross, then?

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:22:17

they are a bit middle aged arent they?
a bit Joanna trollope

MagNacarta Thu 11-Jun-09 16:23:00


ButtercupWafflehead Thu 11-Jun-09 16:23:04

Are actual cloth ones alright in the fashion stakes?

Or do tables have to be naked?

DontCallMeBaby Thu 11-Jun-09 16:24:19

Because I quite like having a bright red table with white polka dots, and find the idea of spending £125 on a table and 'binning it when it's knackered' far FAR naffer. hmm

AnybodyHomeMcFly Thu 11-Jun-09 16:24:22

£4 from Tiger, bargain and pretty!
I bought it after DS (2.5) spilled milk for the umpteenth time and it went in between the glass and wood again = a bugger to clean.

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:25:00

LOOK AT Joianna trollopes hair

that is YOU that is

AnybodyHomeMcFly Thu 11-Jun-09 16:25:48

Oh and it's a cheap ikea table too but it's the cleaning which is tricky

MacaroonIncident Thu 11-Jun-09 16:26:15

lol at buttercup

i like em in leggings

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