Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dining Set Re-Do

 Those of you that are close to me may have noticed I've been a little crazy, and a lot busy since I've been home from vacation.
That is because I started a big project when I got back! I was giving a dining set a makeover!
It took me a lot longer than expected, and we hit a road bump, but I'm very happy with the results!

Here's the before:
 (Yuck...right?!) Faded Magenta chairs/legs with purple vinyl seats. Light wood...who does that?!

 Here's some more pictures of the finished product!

Chairs were painted in "Cozumel" then distressed with sandpaper, and antiqued with a vinegar steel wool mixture.

A brand new table top (you get to hear more about that further down the post)

Salt & pepper shakers to match!

Complete with paint samples so she can touch up anything up and enjoy the pieces for years to come!

The sad bump in the road for this project was that the customer wanted to help prep the pieces, so she sanded the table down past the varnish, old stain, and down to bare wood. 
The problem was that the table top was made from a piece that had a thin real wood top, with a fake wood base. A few spots were sanded a little too much. 
See photo below.

So, I tried gel stain to see if it would stick. NOPE. Bummer. 
Then I tried camouflaging the spots with more spots. Think leopard. 
Nope. That didn't really work either. It wasn't terrible, but not pretty.
See below for spotted idea.

So we decided to make a new top. We laid new red oak down, and used whiteboard to "frame" the table so you wouldn't see all off the layers.It worked PERFECTLY!
(Used special walnut stain with satin poly-acrylic finish)

The seats were re-covered in a medium tone burlap.

I'm loving this dining set. It looks wonderful together! The customer had the vision - she knew what she wanted but couldn't do it herself. We were glad to step in and make it happen!

A big shout out and thank you to my husband who helped on this project! I don't touch circular saws, so without him we wouldn't have been able to cut the table top!
He also helped sand and paint! <3 you honey!


Darby Hawley said...

Despite your bump in the road, I think this turned out fabulous. But I know how great of a crafter you are, and would expect nothing less! Looks great and I love the new color you added!

Lauren said...

That looks so, so good! What a great color and I love the burlap idea!

Vanessa said...

Wonderful post...I really like your blog.^^
Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
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Lovely greets nessa

Ashleigh said...

This is exactly what I am wanting to do to my dining chairs. Did you use sandpaper to rough the wood before painting? Did you use a primer? Also, I was told I should use oil base paint. Is that what you used? Did you glaze it? Sorry for all the question but your chairs look fabulous and I want my to turn out like these!!! Any tips you can give would be so helpful! Thank you!



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