My daughter is a princess and I don’t say that just because she likes to dress up in ballgowns, crystal heels, and matching accessories for all of her outfits. She is a princess (well not royalty, although we do have royal blood in the family). From the time she was born, she had princess mannerisms and she continues to do so.
What does every princess need to complete her princess life? Princess furniture. When I was watching the movie Marie Antoinette, all I could see was the fabulous beds, armoires, side chairs, and tables. They looked like they were made out of the finest gold and silver a franc could buy. So what was my princess missing in her princess room? You guessed it, princess furniture.
When I was presented with an opportunity to review some fabulous furniture, I had to check to see if they had princess furniture, and of course they did! Finally, the icing on the cake for my daughter and her imaginery luxury lifestyle coming to fruition. If you knew my daughter, you would know that this would be more important for her than meeting the Queen, and I mean the real one.
So after sifting through Guidecraft’s online catalogue, I decided to review the Swan Lake Table & Chair Set. The design which included tiaras, ballet slippers, and a princess theme, immediately got my attention. The table and chairs are hand-carved and hand-painted, which definitely gives it the custom luxury appeal to it.
- The huge box the table comes in. Sorry UPS man!
After I chose the table and chair set, I was super-excited to receive it, and get it set up for my daughter while she was preschool. When it arrived, I could tell my UPS man giving me the look, as he had to drag it all the way up the stairs, and by no means was it light. As I opened the box and laid out everything to set up, I noticed one of the legs had split in two. Although it was dissappointing at first, I knew that anything could have happened from the factory to the warehouse and in transit to my home. I immediately contacted Guidecraft and they rectified the situation by sending me a whole new table and chairs set. With any business, you MUST have superior customer service and Guidecraft really exceeded my expectations. It definitely made up for my semi-huge dissappointment.
All the pieces that came in the box for assembly.
The second time around went really smooth (although, I did get the evil eye from my same UPS man). It was like spreading butter on a warm piece of bread. I laid out everything and followed the instruction page, step by step, and had chairs and a table within 30 minutes. I must stress that you have to follow the instructions. There is no, “This goes with that, and that goes there.” Nope. Nada. When a company makes an instruction page, there is a reason, so you have to follow the instructions for it to go smoothly. My husband is a “wing-it” kind of guy, so I assembled everything when he was at work. It saved me from any late night wars with him!
The finished piece all settled into my daughter's play area.
The finished product? Exquisite. It was made to fit my little princess. All I can say is that the chairs and tables have been getting a lot of attention from my daughter, and her old cinderella table and chair set has taken a back seat. She told me to give it to her little sister and trust me, she doesn’t even want to give her old teething ring to her sister, so this was huge!
My suddenly shy daughter looking away as I take her picture.
I love that the table makes my daughter feel special. The fine detailing, the pink and sage green color, and the design makes me want to go back to my own princess days. The quality and craftmanship are superior and it makes sense that Guidecraft has been around for 46 years. Not only are the table and chairs very adorable, they are functional, durable, and easy to maintain (can I say, a parent’s dream). Even after a couple mishaps, Guidecraft’s table and chairs exceeded my expectations on my many levels.
(Disclosure: Product was provided free of charge to test and does not affect my views or feedback of the product. This review is based solely on my personal opinion and experience and results may vary person to person.)
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