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4.19.2011

Dining Room Make over and Guest Blogger!

My near and dear (and fellow thrifter) friend Christine did a dining room makeover. I helped her complete the chairs on this project and it was so fun! She also happens to be the mom of 2 adorable 11 month old twins! Can you believe she even has time for this stuff? She's pretty amazing in my book! Welcome Christine!


Hi Before Meets After readers! I am so excited to do my first ever guest post and share my latest DIY project with you all.  Let's start from the beginning....


My first dining room table was a massive number from Pottery Barn. Even though I got it at the outlet, it still cost enough money to feed a family of 4 for about a month. Total rip-off! (This was obviously in my less thrifty days!) The table was a huge square and just didn't look right in my rectangular dining room. I immediately regretted the purchase but couldn't return it because of the outlet's return policy. So, it just sat there and haunted me for about a year. We never even used it because I couldn't find perfect chairs for the table-- the PB ones were WAY too expensive and chairs from other manufacturers just looked so puny next to the gigantic table. I finally sold the beast on Craigslist for the same amount I bought it for and breathed a HUGE sigh of relief that it was out of my life forever!




Fast forward a couple months. My parents bought a new kitchen table. Like a hawk, I swooped in for the kill and immediately staked my claim on their old table before my brother got the chance.

  The table was the perfect size and shape for my dining room. Rectangular, not too bulky, and complete with 8 chairs. The only problem? This puppy was purchased at Rooms-To-Go circa 1991.  The table was worn and scratched. It was stained a lovely orange-ish hue and was heavily varnished, total 90's style. (The kind of table I could totally picture on Full House where DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle are eating breakfast at. Oh, and you can't forget that total hunky Uncle Jesse.) Anyway, not my cup of tea. From the minute it came into my house, all I could think/talk/dream about was painting it. Except sanding, painting, distressing, and poly-ing a big table and 8 chairs? Also not my cup of tea.

 

After a few months, I decided to bite the bullet and get the thing done. The husband helped me haul the table and chairs out to the garage where I proceeded to set up shop for the next couple of months. It took me FOREVER because I have 11-month-old twins and could only work in one hour increments during their nap time. Trust me, it took every ounce of willpower I had to haul my butt out to the garage to do manual labor during nap time (I really wanted to crash on the couch and eat bon-bons, duh.) First, I sanded the table down to the bare wood. I did the sides and legs by hand and invested in a $29 Ryobi CornerCat for the top. Turns out, the old girl was constructed of gorgeous, hearty pine! Who would have thought that a relatively inexpensive Rooms-To-Go dining set would be the real deal, while my outrageously expensive Pottery Barn table was "finely crafted of mahogany, veneers, and MDF."  (I paid WHAT for veneers?!)


Once the table was sanded and the dust removed, I painted the sides and legs with 3 coats of Behr's Cottage White. I sanded the edges with my Ryobi for a more rustic look.  I stained the table top with two coats of Dark Walnut Minwax stain and then sealed both the top and legs with two coats of Minwax brand Polycrylic in satin finish (which has less odor and dries faster than Polyeurithane).

 
We moved the table back into the dining room and I rested on my laurels for about a month, until I could no longer deny the inevitable: our new table was really cool and all, but the chairs were collecting dust in the garage.


Over the next couple weeks,  I had the mind-numbingly repetitive task of sanding and painting eight chairs. The first one was fun, but the remaining 7 were a total snoozefest. 


Luckily, Lisa and her Ryobi came over to help me do some serious sanding. Once that was done, I painted the chairs with three coats of Behr's Cottage White (same as the table legs), distressed them, and sealed the deal with Polycryclic.  I also reupholstered the chairs with a cornflower blue and white buffalo check.  Side story real quick: My mother-in-law's reaction to my fabric choice? "I want my casket lined in that!"  Morbid, yes. Genious idea? Also yes.


So here, ladies and gentlemen (but probably only ladies), is the finished product. I hope you like it as much as I do!


The beautiful blue dresser in the backgroud is from Kathleen at Between Blue and Yellow! Love her!

Gallery Wall frames from Ikea and spray painted! A girl after my own heart!






What do you think? Isn't Christine amazing?? And she got her table for FAH-REEEEE!! I know she would love to hear your thoughts!




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45 Comments - Add a Comment:

Jacqueline said...

That table is amazing! Love the transformation!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is AMAZING! the whole room is just beautiful!

Kelly said...

WOW!!! I love it all!!!!!

Lindsey Turner said...

What an INCREDIBLE table!!! Look just like something that I want for my own house!
Great job :)

Julie said...

Really nice! That was A LOT of work, but it definitely paid off!

Heather's Stitches said...

Amazing! Love how big the table is and will be great for Holidays!

Jen said...

Your hard work definitely paid off! This set is incredible! Great work!

The Painted Parlor said...

Tables and chairs take the LONGEST! Not my favorite either but it turned out gorgeous! Well done :)

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Super job! I know the work involved because I recently redid my dining room table, too. But, alas, I don't have small children, so kudos to Christine!

At The Picket Fence said...

Absolutely gorgeous transformation of that table and chair set and absolutely gorgeous dining room as well! We would love to have you come by tomorrow night and link it up to our Inspiration Friday party! :-)
Vanessa

Teresa said...

Gorgeously wonderful job you did on that table and chairs. Come do mine next!

Tammy @ Type A said...

you go girl, i feel the same way. i love craigslist and getting a great deal, even better when you can have mom's! lol i have a party going on right now, would love if you shared this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-13.html

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lisa,
This makeover is outstanding and I love the fabric on the seats!

Blessings,
Linda

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Really a great makeover, love Cottage White!

Mariaelena said...

looks fabulous....I redid my d.r. myself before xmas...come visit my blog and check it out...follow along too...thanks for sharing...great job..

Rachelle said...

I am obsessed with the table...and this blog! Lisa and Christine: please come to KC and help me makeover my crib! You are both amazing!

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} said...

Simply amazing! What a fabulous transformation! I plan on refinishing our current dining room table like Christine's-- white legs with a dark top.

Lol! "I want my casket lined in that!"

Angela from what would angela do? said...

wow, your diningroom looks so bright and inviting. Great redo on the table and chairs!!!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It looks perfect! I can't believe you did it with two tiny ones! :) You deserve some bon bons!

Sandra said...

WOW! That is gorgeous! I admire your tenacity with two (gorgeous) babies! What a rewarding outcome...that blue cabinet/sideboard in the room is devine as well!

Chris said...

I am completely in love with your table and chairs! Oh and I have twin boys too...mine just turned 5. :)

calicathy said...

Wow! That turned out beautiful! Im thinking about painting mine but Im really scared, you might have convinced me to go for it! great job

Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for partying at type A!

Jenny said...

That table is something out of a magazine - I love it!! Way better than the Pottery Barn one by a long shot!!

Lisa said...

Wow! This looks great! The photo looks like it came straight out of a magazine!

Bettsi said...

Worth every nap hour! You are going to treasure this set for many years to come and you will have the satisfaction of saying, "I refinished them myself!" Great job!

3krazychics said...

It looks fantastic! Love the design of the chairs!

Ms.Cupcake said...

L.O.V.E. Very very beautiful! I have this daunting task nagging me as well. I am excited but know also, the amount of work involved! YAY!
Loving the blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Love what she did! Beautiful choices in all her colors--furniture, walls, etc. Very stunning and worth the effort.

white life© said...

Oh my goodness - that looks soooooo heavenly!!!! And the combinationen of white, light blue and nature is fantastic ....... such a great job!!!!

I'm totally thrilled!!!

Big hugs and congratulation!!!

Tine

At The Picket Fence said...

Um totally fabulous!! I am in L.O.V.E. with is and want to do this to a table I just scored for free for my kitchen remodel. I will be referring back to this post for all of the details. Thank you Lisa for introducing us to Christine at Inspiration Friday!

Heather

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Jenn said...

Totally love this table!! I want to do one!

Kristi said...

I LOVE this makeover! This is the same look I'm going for in my dining room, except my chairs will be mismatched. I can't wait until it's all done so it'll look as pretty as Christine's does!

Nicole said...

Beautiful! Can I ask how you changed the table top? Did you replace it or just change it to look like a barn style table? Also what technique did you use to distress it? Did you use the distressing glaze or just sand it? Once again you did a fabulous job!!

Clydia said...

Um girl I am now your newest follower! You totally rock and the table turned out simply gorgeous! XOXO

Marianne said...

What a gorgeous job. I just love this dining set. I've been looking for the exact same set so I can refinish it. And the fabric on the chairs is just perfect. Glad I stopped over from Creative Bloggers. I'm now following you!
Marianne :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I love how it turned out - very elegant! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

For the Love of a Cottage said...

A gorgeous table and chairs. What absolute luck the table was real wood!! Love it! Hugs, Jan

marble top dining table said...

Really nice! That was A LOT of work, but it definitely paid off!

Hardwood Decking said...

The choice of a good meal is not just about picking the most pleasing to the eye piece of furniture you find, but above all, choose a table, you can use your daily life. A color, shape and design are all important, but it should also be fully operational.

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