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!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Few Old Treasures

 A few weeks ago I posted about a reclaimed wood shelf I got for my birthday. Here's a few more pics now that it's more decorated.

During our trip to Missouri we visited the Wentzville Flea Market...the best flea market in all of MO. Every Sunday from 6am - noon. Man do I miss that place! I need to find the TX equivalent!

I got a few books while I was there, to add to my shelf. 2 books for $1

 I had been wanting an old kitchen scale for a while now. I finally found one!!
I'm in love with my "Columbia Family Scale". It's perfectly rusty and I love the patina.
It was marked $24 and I got it for $18. I think that was a fair price.

Who knows . . . I may even use it cooking someday! It still works!

I also found these old jars. They are mason jars but the really old kind. The jar on the left is marked from 1855. The jar on the right is marked with a company from St. Louis. I loved the idea of having some good antique St. Louis memorabilia!


This little booklet cracked me up, for $3 I thought I had to have it!
I researched it and the book dates back to 1922.

A little excerpt . . .  
you really should read this, so funny!

Lastly, after my work moved out of their old building they allowed me to have their old time card holders. They are at least 50 years old, but not sure exactly how old. 
I'm loving the vintage look! I don't know what to do with them yet.
Does anyone have ideas for me?!

 Hope you enjoyed seeing all of the new to me, old treasures!!
I loved adding them to my decor!



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