Alrighty folks, the post you’ve been anxiously awaiting (in my mind you’ve been on the edge of your seats) is finally here! I finished my dining set!! Okay so I realize that some of you have never even heard of said dining set, so allow me to catch you up to speed.
You see, I bought this dining set at a local thrift store a couple of weeks ago:
Ain’t she a beauty? SUPER fabulouuuus! Love love loved it and had to have it, called hubby and convinced him why
I we had to have it. Hello, it was ONLY $85!!
Brought it home a couple of days later (fabulous cell pic):
You might be saying, “But didn’t you just redo a set of dining room chairs??” Yes I did. I still love them, however they are not very sturdy at. all. I still have them for extra seating because they are pretty. I was able to sell my glass-top table for $75 on Craig’s List. (Which made this set really $10!)
My initial thought for this set was that I would stain the table top dark/espresso to help bring my very open concept dining/living/kitchen together since my living room has two dark pieces. One of them is my desk:
May I have your attention: My desk is no longer black…see the makeover HERE.
I also recovered that DESK CHAIR. See how I did that HERE.
Then I was going to paint the base of the table and the chairs Annie Sloan’s Old White to match my hutch.
Then, because I wasn’t really feeling the stain idea after I brought it home, I dreamed up the most fabulous paint treatment in my head. That’s it…new plan. You know how you just get a feeling when something feels right? Does that happen to you?
Well I shared my plan with my mom and my MIL who unanimously agreed I should stain the table. They have gorgeous, elegant homes and great taste, so I did it. I stained the table.
Plus, I could already see in my head, people lined up for miles to tell me how I ruined it by painting it. (And me exclaiming, “But it was only $85, people!”)
Here she is after her espresso stained make-over:
To stain, I applied two coats of Minwax Polyshades in Espresso, using a stain-friendly brush. I applied it probably a lot thicker than I should have and so it went on very opaque. I lost all the beautiful wood grain. (At first I was very disappointed by that since I worked really hard to take it back down to the beautiful bare wood, but after two years, it does still look really pretty.) This is a stain and poly in one, so there is no need for a sealer. I would also recommend using a wood conditioner first so the stain is absorbed evenly.
If you want to see the beautiful wood grain showing through, I would recommend applying a separate stain and poly.
I love the chairs and I sat in all six to make sure they were sturdy and yep, tight as a drum! If you come across a set of chairs that are the slightest bit wobbly, pass on them.
See how clean that chair cushion is? You can tell how beautifully maintained this set was.
There were a LOT of nooks and crannies to paint (twice), sand, wax, and buff with six chairs, but oh so worth it!
To find fabric for the seats, I searched high and low and ended up ordering some online. It was really awful. Guess what I ended up using?
Drapery Panels! I found these at Homegoods for $29.99! Perfect!
I love how the piping gives such a finished, tailored feel to the chairs. Do you know how easy it is to do? You don’t even have to sew if you don’t want to. I’ll do a quickie tutorial in a future post if anyone is interested.
Update: Presto! You can see it HERE now! I’m magic like that.
I can’t get enough of the curved detail on the back of these chairs:
Allright, enough gushing about the chairs…
Maybe just one more picture…
There is only one small, teeny, tiny, itty bitty problem. I don’t love it. There I said it. I do love the set and I can’t get enough of the chairs ooh la la delicious!
It is still pretty, it’s just that I was so excited to start my new plan, but chose to play it safe. I am going to live with it…for a while. If you are the slightest bit unsure about something? Trust your gut!
Miss Mustard Seed featured this cute as all gal from The Ironstone Nest a couple of weeks ago and she showed this sign from her brand new shop:
See in there where it says, “Have no fear, trust your instincts”? It also says in finer print, “There are no mistakes that can’t be remedied with sandpaper”.
Sound advice. I wish I had trusted my instincts.
For now this table still allows our family to gather together for dinner. It still provides a landing spot for junk mail and groceries. And it still gives Brennan a place to stack nearly every toy in the immediate vicinity.
But don’t be surprised if you see it again sooner than you think. There’s a reason this post is titled, “Dining Room Table Makeover, Take One”!
Update: Although I wasn’t very excited about the results at first, I must confess that I totally love it now! I think it was tough going from a glass-top table to a really dark table, but I really do love it now, and has held up beautifully! 🙂
This photo is from a recent post of my Dining Room Evolution. It has come a long long way! See more photos and where it all started HERE.
And if you missed the super easy chair piping tutorial, you can view it HERE.
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