When we bought the teakwood dining set for 8 people, I thought it was a generously proportioned table that would last me till I die. Soon though, we felt the need to seat more... and since we are not short of space in the new house, it made sense to try for a bigger table.
I was still determined though... that the same teakwood dining set last me till I die... and perhaps will one day make it into the category of Beloved Family Antique Dining Set. Mayhaps Little Boy or The Daughter will want to keep the set in memory of me?
So, for $200, the carpenter fashioned a foldable table top that I could fit and lock into position over the original table. It's kinda ugly because the new top is plywood with laminate, and has none of the natural wood-grained charm of the table it now sits on. But well... this increased the seating capacity to 12 and laminate tops can stand much abuse so it was still an imminently practical (and cost effective) solution, even though ugly.
Unfortunately, we only had 8 chairs. So, we entertained with a mixture of stools and chairs. Then, The Husband came across the exact same chairs we had bought so many years back, but they were painted a very much darker colour. We bought them anyway, and resolved the colours problem with these spandex chair covers. See... no one can tell what colour the chairs are underneath the spandex. Best thing is, each cover costs all of $3 only.
All in all, I don't think it looks too bad.