An old, worn Dining Table gets a French-style makeover.
This weeks makeover makes me wish we had a formal dining room where I could keep this beautiful french-style dining set. But we can’t keep everything that comes home to the workshop…Oh well!
(Again, I almost forgot to take “Before” pictures! While I was sanding I realized and had to snap some quick!)
This particular dining set was quite the project. Whew, it took us a long time to get this piece done. Really we should have had a paint sprayer for the chairs, since that would have been a lot easier. But we didn’t, and thats O.K. for now.
So, I love painting, I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t! But for this set I had to break it down and paint two chairs a day because they were time consuming with my brush and I would get sick of it. So I would paint two chairs, then paint a different piece. And come back to two more chairs the next day! I did all of these first, painted with Annie Sloan’s “French Linen”. Two coats were needed and I went right over the caning on the back as well.
When I was able to get the table to my house to work on, I began by stripping the top using my favorite electric sander. Once that was done, I applied pre-stain and stain to the wood using a disposable foam brush. The sides and edges of the table were so marred I decided they were getting paint.
The aprons of the table, legs, and edges were given the same paint treatment, and then the entire piece (including the chairs!) were sealed with a durable topcoat.
Next we had to decide what to do with the chair seats. We have reupholstered dining chairs like these multiple times. They are so easy because the bottom just unscrews and you just wrap the fabric around. Find a full tutorial here.
While we were shopping at Joann Fabric’s for some other supplies we needed for a client we just happened across this beautiful damask fabric. We thought of these chairs right away and snatched the rest of the roll since it was on sale and almost gone!
Vicki did a wonderful job with the upholstery on these, and truly it is easier than you may think to update fabric on chairs.
Now this dining table and 6 chairs look like a completely new set. With the curved legs and the new damask fabric it has a french-inspired feel. But it also goes well with my farmhouse decor I have in my house! It’s very versatile.