Unfortunately our home is an open floor plan ranch, it has it’s pros and it’s cons, one con being that we don’t have a defined dining room, more like a “dining area”. We had previously had a round black pedestal table with black x-back chairs, that we loved, but we had purchased it from Target and it wasn’t the best quality, so we ended up selling it. Since then, we have been living with a hodge podge of different tables and chairs. So I was delighted, a week ago, when my hubby surprised me with a new solid oak dining table and chairs.
Well lets just say I was delighted about the table, uh, the chairs—-not so much.
So that;so when I decided that I would use these ladder back chairs that I purchased from an “Antique Store” ( I use those words very loosely).
Let me just say that they left something to be desired. I paid $25 for 5 chairs, they’re solid wood, but the cushions were in terrible condition.
More than terrible, just NAAAAAA-SSSTY! The seat base, was all sunken in land mildewed like it had sat in the rain for years. We Lysol disenfected the the heck out of those things and set up the saw horses. Hubby gave me a sheet of plywood and showed me how to operate the jig saw . . . YEAH BABY! It was Empowering!
I traced the seat of the only intact seat base, and got to cutting. I ended up with this:
A perfect fit, next was deciding on what finish I wanted the table and chairs to have… When I had purchased the chairs I had intended on painting them Almond Cream, my new favorite paint color for furniture, it is the creamiest white. I actually purchased it to paint my cabinets(more on that in another post).
This is what I came up with for the chairs . . . here’s a before and after for ya:
and yes I used a stinking roller and brush on these too, ugh! I need to invest in a paint sprayer . . . Badly!
Now for the table, I considered doing this look, which I LOVE:
This table was redone by Kimberely @ Restoration House, isn’t it fab?
, but perhaps with a darker stain, like a dark walnut like Korrie did @ Red Hen Home
Honestly, the thought of painting such a beautiful, flawless, piece of furniture, gave me severe anxiety—
My hubby accidentally dripped acetone nail polish remover on it! Ugh! I could have died, but instead I took it as confirmation–the table should be painted.
So now I’m off to find the perfect stain, wish me luck! (I think I’m going to need lots of it!)
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