Hi friends, remember me? I’m still here! I’ve been busy with a bigger than usual project. If you follow me on facebook, you may have seen what I’ve been up to. If you missed it, it went something like this…
Hey guys, what do you think of this dining table and chairs??
“Ooh ah… yes!!” That’s all I needed to hear…
This dining set was at a thrift store across the street from my son’s Tae kwon do class. I was just taking a quick walk through when I spotted this. It was originally $139 marked down to $85!! What a steal!
Then I shared this photo of us squeezing all the chairs in the car. My son was cracking me up! I knew they would all fit!
I spent two days and $35 stripping the table top down to prep for stain. You know what I discovered?
I’m lacking some serious staining skills, y’all!
I cried a bit about my results on FB and shared this photo…
I was going for a deep esspresso color to match the TV console and my desk. We have very open concept and I thought this would tie the two areas together. Here’s my desk:
AH…remember my chair? Something I did so right…those were the good old days…
So my problem with the table is that I used minwax polyshades. Even though my husband warned me not to. (What does he know?!) Apparantly he knows more than I thought. I used the right brush and I kept a wet edge…
The problem is I put it on too thick. Then as I was brushing, it became goopy almost and I had major streaking.
Once it was dry, I sanded it by hand and reapplied the stain in a very thin coat. Still streaky! You can’t see a single hint of the wood grain beneath. What’s the point of staining if you can’t see the beautiful wood grain?
It looks antique-y I guess, but I’m not loving it.
I moved on to the chairs and shared this on Instagram:
I had one and a half chairs done at this point.
Then I told everyone to remind me about all the work involved in making over a dining set the next time I Fall in love with one that is stuck in it’s “vintage” state.
So there you have it. I’m still here. I’ve been painting my little fingers to the bone!
I finished sanding all of my chairs today. Now I need to wax them. I ordered fabric for my chairs online. I hope I like it when it gets here!
Hopefully I will have the finished set to share soon. Don’t be too surprised if the stained table top and I break up. We just aren’t getting along!
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