I’ve done it! I have completed a furniture redo! Not to mention we finally have a dining room table again after an entire year with an empty dining room. If you are wondering why in the world we haven’t had a table for so long, it all started with the painted floors. We were using a table and chairs I had rescued from a roadside trash pile. They were nice enough but not quite right. When I decided to paint the floor in the dining room, I figured I might as well go ahead and Craigslist them since I knew I was going to be replacing them anyway. Yeah, sounds a bit lazy – don’t feel like moving your furniture out of the way? No problem, just sell it instead. At the time it made perfect sense.
Luckily, because of my former hoarding ways, I had another table waiting in the basement. It was also a free find – courtesy of Craigslist. However, it was in need of some serious help. This is how it looked before.
Not too terrible until you get a good look at the top – peeling, scratched, orange, gross.
The hubs helped me sand down the table top and restain it with Minwax dark walnut stain. Then we sealed it with many layers of rub-on polyurethane. Lots of elbow grease but pretty simple.
The legs were a different story. They turned into one of those never-ending DIYs that just refuses to go right. I started out painting them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white. I was having a hard time getting good coverage so I added a couple more layers before I realized this was one of those horrible finishes that refuses to be painted. This is the first time ASCP has not been able to get the job done. The more time passed, the more the old finish showed right through the paint. So I gritted my teeth and started over by painting a coat of primer right over all my hard work. And a few hours later when I came back to paint, I saw that once again the old finish had broken right through.
So I broke out the big guns – Zinsser oil based primer. I should have just gone with it to begin with. Lesson learned. I followed it up with a coat of white latex paint and voila: A graceful little table.
What an improvement. I paired it with these great chairs I got at a yard sale last summer – $30 for all four, woohoo. The chairs will be getting their own makeover pretty soon. I am thinking something bright and bold to jazz the whole set up.
But then again, I’m not so sure about them. Perhaps they are too short next to the higher-backed wood chairs? What do you think – yay or nay?