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:
I shared how I removed the original stain without sanding in this post.
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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.
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.
And how about and update of an update?? We moved in August of 2017, and this set went through yet another update:
That was how it looked at Christmas, but as you can see the body of the table and the chairs got a new coat of fresh white paint, and the chairs got some new fabric! See more in my “Christmas in the Dining Room” post HERE. 🙂
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