We started school "officially" this week. Now that we have all three kids "enrolled :)" it was time to get serious about where we were going to hold our school sessions. Previously we were just all over the house, wherever it was convenient. That worked for us, but I realized I had three times the curriculum to house and would need table space for three little bodies :).
Since we have never been formal folk over here, losing our formal dining/living area is no big deal. It works out perfect at our house, because we won't have to move books to eat lunch. Our main dining area is in the kitchen.
I am a big fan of multipurpose rooms/furniture. Our home isn't enourmous, so I wanted to be sure I didn't go too "schooly" where it would be awkward to use the room or table for other purposes.
I painted and treated our dining table with an antiquing paint treatment. It is hard to see in the pics, but it came out really well and I won't mind at all if the table gets a few more scratches and dings.