Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Revamping a vintage family heirloom dinette: Chalk Painting AntiquingFurniture

I had originally started this post, to share my transformation (of yes, my SECOND dining set and buffet), but then life/etc got in the way and this post just sat here. Well I'm going to finish it today, seeing as I added even more! :D

So, originally, I had transformed this set:

Which you can read about HERE.

And just when life was peachy keen, my mother in law made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

They have had this set FOR-FREAKIN-EVER, since before my husband was born, and knowing her (OCD in the best way), it was in amazing shape. I mean, not a single flaw. Even had the cover for it, which if you know her, all you're thinking is "Of course she did."

And for the grand price of FREE, how could I not?

Such gorgeous details:

Quite honestly, I could have just recovered the chairs and it would have been amazing... but I REALLY love the french provincial farm-table look. With each step I felt so guilty: but I painted it. And sanded it. And stripped it, and stained it. And sealed it. And recovered it with $40/yard velvet fabric (that I got for $8!/yard on sale). I also bought an indoor/outdoor rug from Target... Wanna make a cheap/dramatic change in your dining room? Buy one of these puppies. The wrinkles were out in about a week, I can sweep it (thank the HEAVENS with my toddler who is very much into experiencing her food while she eats it.) And once a week I vacuum it on a low setting.