Dining Table & Chairs Makeover

This was an unexpected project that we took on.  No regrets though.  We're very happy with the end result and happy that we got to bring this Dining Table set home and keep it in the family.

You know I'm just one of those people that hates to see things thrown out or given to the Goodwill if they could possibly have a purpose or a second life in our home.  I'm happy that my sister thought of us when she was getting ready to donate her Pier 1 Imports dining table and chairs.  Honestly we were already planning on purchasing a new set and started scouting Craigslist for something to work on ourselves.  But we got lucky and even though these chairs and table are from Pier 1, they'd been around a while and needed some work.

These actually already had a rustic red and black wash to them.  The red was underneath the black to show through.  Not of my taste.  Plus there was cup rings and plate rings imprinted on the table top from years of use and even some scratches.  But the frame and structure of table and chairs were in mint condition.  All they needed was a good sanding and new coat of paint (several coats actually).

But first we had to sell our old dining table (we kept the chairs because I'm not ready to part from them yet).  I placed the ad on Craigslist and sold the table the same day.  We'd had it for a good 3 1/2 years.  Living in an apartment at the time, the size and look was ideal but now in our slightly bigger but not too big of a home, we needed something more mature and that actually suited our family.

Here's what it looked like....and that's what our dining room looked like when we first moved into our first owned home... 

Soon after our old table was sold my husband got to work on sanding the table for me... 

Here's what it looked like after sanding ....

Unfortunately I realized I hadn't yet taken a picture of it before he got started sanding it and then I got to work on it so quickly that it dawned on me, so I snapped a quick one before I got any further.

You can clearly see the red that I was talking about before.  We realized it after the fact that we probably could have sanded it a bit more to get rid of most of the paint but it worked out in the end.

This is one of those bigger projects that I'm always afraid to tackle, because you never know how its going to turn out or last in the long run.  And believe me when I say that no matter how many times I've painted furniture, it doesn't make me a professional, but I just tend to learn from my mistakes in hope that I don't repeat them.

The Chairs.... 

The only thing I wasn't too happy with was the top of the table, the brush strokes are there and no matter how many times I sanded it down they're still visible.  But overall the look of this table and chairs is beautiful.  I'm happy that we kept it the original color.  

Because its in a high traffic area and we tend to put our dining table through murderous use, I wanted to use a paint that was both exterior and interior and durable.  Although with use comes scratches and spills and all that other bad stuff well I don't mind the rugged and chipped look either, which is also the reason we kept it this particular color.  I love furniture pieces that actually look and feel lived in.

The paint is a Semi-gloss but the varnish I used is a Satin finish.  I'm okay with that look, I know its not everyone's preference but for me its easier to clean and maintain.

Again, I gave both table and chairs a double coat of Glidden paint and two coats of DecoArt Americana satin varnish.

I hope to bring you bigger and better pictures in the near future once I'm ready to do the Dining Room Makeover reveal but I have curtains to work on still and a few other details.

For now this dining room table and chairs is a reveal that I've been aching to bring to you guys and we're happy with how perfectly imperfect they turned out.  

Like I mentioned earlier, I used Glidden PREMIUM Interior Paint and Primer semi-gloss base 3 in the ONYX BLACK that I purchased at the Home Depot for a very fair price and I still have paint left over.

Let me know what you think?  Do you like it?  Would you have done a different color?  Is there a similar project you have in mind?  
I'm always happy to chat and hear your thoughts!

Till next time!

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