I bought the Pottery Barn "Carolina" table and chairs in a neutral (honey) finish when my daughter was about 2. She is now six. She has used that table every day since we brought it home and it still looks like new. She has painted, play doh, played everything you can imagine and crafted on that table and the beauty of wood is that if it gets scratched, you can't really tell. We also looked at the KidKraft painted table/chairs, but be warned that any painted surfaces will get knicked and scratched and you will notice the wear and tear on them much quicker. I have friends who have bought them and have seen the damage. Also, the chairs are so sturdy, do not tip easily and my husband and I can easily sit on a chair and do stuff with her comfortably. We are average sized adults. The salespeople told me when I bought the set that it should last until the child is at least 8 or 10 on average, and that the PB sales folks conducted their meetings using the chairs as well and found them to be sturdy. I am pregnant and having another child in February and have no doubt that I will still have this set in perfect condition in another 10 years. Also we have moved houses 3 times, and no damage at all. Although the chairs seemed a little big at first, my daughter climbed into them and never tipped, and by the time she was 3 it was fine. Some of the other brands have really small "toddler" sized chairs that your child will outgrow by the time they are 4 or 5. Hope this feedback helps.