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French-style Dining Set

French-Style Dining Set | Timeless Creations, LLC

An old, worn Dining Table gets a French-style makeover.

French-Style Dining Set | Timeless Creations, LLC

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!

French-Style Dining Set | Timeless Creations, LLC

(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.


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    October 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    The redo is so pretty. Great job!

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    October 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I love the new look. And what a find on the material. The dining room set looks wonderful.

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    Lucy @ Patina Paradise
    October 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Your dining set looks absolutely stunning! You did an amazing job! I would love it if you would share it at my monthly furniture party http://www.patinaparadise.com/2016/10/fff55.html

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much Lucy! We will make sure to stop by your party monthly!

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    October 22, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Your dining set turned out so beautifully! The grey colour and fabric you chose is really really pretty and brightens it up so much!

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    Cynthia Chilson Finger
    October 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Very pretty makeover. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you Cynthia! We appreciate you stopping by to visit!

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    At Rivercrest Cottage
    October 23, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I am getting ready to paint the exact same table so was very glad to read your process. I hadn’t thought of staining the top, but now will give it a try. thanks!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Oh so cool! So glad we could help to inspire you! Thanks for visiting!

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    [email protected]
    October 24, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Your table and chairs are just perfect. Great find on the fabric! Thank you for joining us at Monday Social.

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    Grandmas House DIY
    October 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – pinned – hope to see you Wednesday when the next party starts!

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    [email protected]
    October 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Gorgeous! The fabric is perfect. Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon! We love that fabric too!

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    October 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! this is beautiful! Y’all did a fabulous job on this dining room table and chairs. I just picked up a table and five chairs and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Gray might make the maybe list.
    You should get a Homeright Finish Max. It’s not that expensive and as much painting as it looks like you do, it would pay for itself in no time. Those chairs would have been a breeze and taken about 6-7 minutes each, with a flawless finish!
    Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.


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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Gail! Yea, I don’t know why we didn’t just get a sprayer for this project-would have been so much better! Definitely getting one before we have to do anything like this again! Thanks for visiting!

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    Botanic Bleu
    October 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    The table and chairs turned out beautifully. One day maybe I will get up enough courage to reupholster chairs. You make it sound so easy. Thanks for sharing at Monday Social.


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      Kristen & Vicki
      November 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Judith! It is extremely easy to upholster chairs actually. We have a great tutorial for it as well!

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    Jayne Krejci
    June 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    What prestain and stain did you use on the French style table?

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      Kristen & Vicki
      June 26, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Jayne! If you want to click on the link (the words “prestain” and “stain” are highlighted with a link) it will take you to the exact products we used!

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