Sometimes, you have to buy things.
About 6 years ago,I picked up this dining room table (and chairs) for um.. I think $45 at a garage sale (I’m so cheap). It was painted badly when I bought it, and then painted badly again (with spray paint. Psh!) after I bought it.
Then after a while, my pug Talula decided that the table legs were her favorite place to dig for buried treasure (kibble she dropped under and on the legs). Ellie then caught onto the game and decided to help (and scratch up the table too).
I had to put furniture mover things on the feet as I had to move the dining room table EVERY DAY to pick up kibble because there was no stopping Lula.
After 6-ish years of this, it got to the point where the legs were so trashed and covered in dog smudge I couldn’t even keep it clean anymore. I thought about painting the legs again but figured, why bother? I spent 15 minutes EVERY DAY moving this thing and cleaning the bottom of a table and I was FRUSTRATED. Yes, I tried training my bratty pugs, they’d play Find The Kibble game while I was in the shower, when I wasn’t home and every time my back was turned. So, after about 5 minutes of mulling it over I decided to buy a different stinking table. (I can’t get rid of the chairs, they’re too cool looking)
And lo! I found one. For $10. You read that right, see the sticker? 10 DOLLARS on sale (I think I mentioned how stinking cheap I am?). I was also feeling generous and donated an extra $5 to the thrift store (all extra money goes toward domestic violence victims).
Look at the legs! Where you gonna spit your kibble NOW??? So I spent $15, the dude at the store helped me load and I brought it home.
Little Miss Hates Change Lula pretty much figured out right away that her Seek-the-Kibble game was over and done for and pouted for about half an hour under the “new” table. LOL try to ignore the mess of dog toys, I’m still working in minimalising their mass of toys)
Long story short (too late?), I bought something “new” to save my sanity.