Though not many people have ever heard of or seen one, dough bowls were once a household staple. From the first settlers to the early 1900s, no American home would have been complete without one.
And just like their name implies, dough bowls were used to mix, throw, and knead dough. And since all breads and biscuits were made fresh — and about three times per day — they would have gotten plenty of use!
But dough bowls were more than just a kitchen utensil. They symbolized the two most important facets of early American life: family and farm.
In fact, dough bowls were so significant to families that husbands commonly carved them by hand as wedding presents for their new brides.
Later, they would be passed down to their daughters as precious heirlooms.
So when I saw what Lindsay — a crafter and blogger from The White Buffalo Styling Co. — did to an old dough bowl she found, I was floored!
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When Lindsay came across this large wooden bowl in an antique store, she knew she'd found something incredible. It was an old dough bowl, something no house would have been without in olden times — and it was exactly like the one her great-great-grandmother had owned. Lindsay knew she had to buy it.
But when she brought it home, Lindsay realized she had absolutely no room for it! So she decided to turn it into something else. She grabbed her chisel and got to work.
Lindsay knew she wanted to keep the beautiful piece on display, but it was simply too large for her countertops. So she decided to add some vintage hair-pin legs.
She wanted to preserve this slice of American history, but ensure it was still a functional household addition.
Thus, turning it into a beautiful coffee table seemed like the perfect solution!
She grabbed some plexiglass and measured it for the tabletop. She wanted something clear so guests could admire the bowl.
She had originally wanted a glass tabletop, but when she considered her two big dogs — not to mention the price of custom-fitted glass — Lindsay decided plexiglass would work fine.
She made sure all the edges were nice and smooth, and that the lines were very carefully cut.
When it was time to lay down the plexiglass, she decided against permanently adhering it to the bowl — in case they ever wanted to place something cute within.
When her table was complete, Lindsay stepped back to admire her work. She was thrilled!
Her new coffee table was both a functional piece of furniture, and a beautiful homage to the past.
Who needs something fancy and expensive from a store, when a handmade table like this has so much more meaning?
Now this colonial kitchen staple has reclaimed its place in the household — and I'm sure Lindsay's great-great-grandmother dearly appreciates the gesture.
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