This is a post I’ve been anxious to share with you! Last fall, while on my way to pick up my son from swim practice, I drove past a yard sale and what did my wandering eyes see – a beat up old table and chairs with some leaves. But, the table had the most beautiful form and I decided it was worth a second look. The yard sale was on a busy street, so I had to drive around the block – I actually drove around the block three times! I finally decided it was worth making my son wait for me and found a place to park.
Up close, I loved the table even more and there were four leaves! The chairs – well, they were pretty much in a condemned status for most people. The price for the set was marked at $75. I had $40 with me. I decided that it was worth a try to offer $40 since it was the end of the day and the owners were more than happy to make the deal!
As soon as we brought everything home, we removed the chair seats immediately because they were so gross that I didn’t even want the ripped seat covers and dirty padding in my garage! The table and chairs sat in my overcrowded garage for several months until I finally decided it was time to tackle the project. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any before pictures. This is something I really need to work on! I get into a project and think, oh no – I didn’t take any before pictures! For this project, I really wish I had taken some before pics so you could see the transformation. Lesson learned!
I started by sanding the top of the table to smooth out some of the really deep scratches. To paint the table, I used my own mix of chalk paint from paint I had on hand. It’s a warm white. I used a mixture of clear and dark wax on the table top skirt and table legs to bring out the beautiful details. For the table top and leaves, I used a water based poly in a satin finish to give it added protection.
The chairs I painted black and upholstered the seats with fresh padding and drop cloth. The farmhouse bench is from my great aunt and I used it with my other table as well.
Eventually, I want to make skirted seat slip covers for the chairs and bench. For now, I’m so happy to have the table and chairs in my dining room!
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