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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dining Room Table: Reveal

I apologize in advance for those of you who voted for the book shelves to be done first, instead of the dining room table.  Unfortunately, the book shelves require Scott's know-how and the dining room table did not.  I'm still waiting on the trim for the book shelves.  I really should learn how to operate power tools.  LOL


The dining room table was my Mom and Dad's.  After their divorce, my Dad got the dining room table and when he died, I got it.  My Dad was all about wood, like most typical men.  Stained wood furnishings were the rule of thumb in his house.  Needless to say, I inherited quite a bit of paintable furniture.  He's probably rolling over in his grave, somewhere in Delaware Bay.  Sorry Daddy, but the wood has got to go.  I know you would still love me anyway. :D

Okay, so on that morbid note, here's the before pic taken shortly after we moved into our house.

I still can't believe that this was the office!

After five years of basically using it from everything from meals to homework to school projects to crafts, it was looking mighty rough.  When I questioned my mom as to why in the world they bought a maple table because its such a soft wood, she said, "Because it was on sale."  Oooookay then.

So, I wiped her down and did some light sanding for prep:

And the same with the chairs:

I had to sand a little heavier on the edges of the tops and sides because they were knicked and dinged to death.

Using my trusty chalk paint recipe, I painted the top with "Cotton Balls" by Benjamin Moore and the bottom, my favorite color ever...  "Covington Blue" from the Benjamin Moore Historical Series.  Its a blue without being a blah blue.  Depending on the light, it can take on almost an aqua-y feel without being aqua.  Its a lovely color.

 I debated on going all white for quite some time, but as I usually do, I went off of what I am drawn to in my home decor magazines.  And its always the tables that the bases are painted blue.  Every.  Time.

And you know me with my "too much white" thing going on.  And of course I had to "make it look old".  ;)

And I can tell you its no fun trying to reveal a piece of furniture and get a good picture of it when the room is still in demo stage.  LOL

 So, just try to ignore the half painted book shelf with its missing trim and the destroyed wood floors that we've finally decided just to paint.  Obviously having someone come in and re-do them just ain't going to work.  The pine is just too soft to withstand our foot traffic and I'm not going to throw another $900.00 out the window for the floors in the office and the dining room again, only to have them look like they do now... Again.  Contractor horror stories, anyone?

I am still amazed at how much going lighter has made a difference in the atmosphere of our home.  Its so much more cheerful and relaxing.  

My goal is to get a bench to go on the wall side of the table, so it can be pushed back against the wall when not in use.  For now, painting the two oak pressback chairs to match works.  Plus, a bench will seat three of my rugrats, making room for everyone at the table.

I can't wait to get the wainscoting done, so I can hang that gorgeous mirror on the wall above the table.  Scott?  Are you reading this???  ;)


My Dad's rocking chair or the china hutch.  I haven't decided yet.  Check out my facebook page for new uploads of the china hutch.  We picked her up last night.  :D


Linking up to:


Fox Hollow Cottage said...


Fox Hollow Cottage said...

okay... fawning now!
Knew I would... ;)
It's all coming together so good.
I love the peeks of your staircase in the back round. That is such a GORGEOUS feature of our home. I am so envious of that space. I just love it.

The makeover looks darling, dahling ;)

Can't wait to see what you do next~Shan

Kammy's Korner said...

*GASP*. Stop being so awesome. I'm downright jealous. And now I hate my table. Don't tell Tim. He insisted on a new piece of furniture "for once" so I let him pick it out. So, so, soooooooooo gorgeous, Laura!!!

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

Looks so cheery that I bet it makes your kids wake up each morning at the crack of dawn and bounce down those beautiful stairs with a big smile on their face and an open offer to do all the chores before they get off to school and earn all A's... wait...ok, that is the dream I have everynight about my kids, but I think your table might just be the trick. ;) You are tackling some big projects and making them shine. Now quit reading your comments and get back to work. :)

Sweet Melanie said...

Love it!!! I know all to well about going lighter, it's amazing isn't it? Makes a gal wonder why we didn't do it sooner. I cannot wait to see the finished space and I bet you can't either...so have fun doing it all.

art is beauty said...

Love Love Love! It truly looks like its out of a magazine!! BEAUTIFUL!

Nicole said...

Wonderful work, Laura! Man take a look at how your house was before you started all this blogging motivation. Believe it or not, your house will be "done" (it's never really done now, is it?!?) before you know it! It looks fantastic!

reFresh reStyle said...

It looks awesome! I love the color combo! You go Girl!

Jamie said...

Your "new" dining room table is just gorgeous! I use white and blue a lot in my own decor so I just adore what you did! I'm now following your blog thanks to the shout out from Karin at 'Art is Beauty' on facebook. I can't wait to see your next project! ~ Jamie

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh, I am loving your home. This is fabulous! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your darling green washstand on my blog today. I would love you to share this wonderful post!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

I love it! The two different colors are great!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

It made a huge difference! It is so light and airy. It reminds me of the beach and I love how you styled it with the mason jars and hydrangeas! So pretty! Thanks for linking up again this week!

amy of the salvage collection said...

it's just beautiful... and your dad would want you to be HAPPY! and the wood's still there...it's just UNDER there!

Jessica Kielman said...

I am drooling...like all over my laptop! It turned out amazing. I wish you could see the ridiculousness going on here right now. Since I discovered that I could make my own chalk paint, and how fabulous it is, I have painted 3 pieces...since yesterday! Lord help me!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Tara W. said...

Oh my goodness! I found your blog while googling "chalk paint recipes". I love your style!!! I am in the process of redoing a table, and am at a loss! I am a DIY virgin, and this first task is taking forever! (Like seriously. Going on months sitting in my garage now). I have so many things that I would love to ask you, but my main one is, what did you use to seal the table? I am afraid of wax, as I have two littles and all those greasy fingers would wreak havoc on it. I recently purchased a chalk paint coffee table which had 3 coats of wax, and after the first day there were noticable grease spots (and they don't even eat in there!). Thanks in advance! For now I have to go figure out what to do about the knots bleeding through my first attempt at chalk paint..... you don't happen to know anything about that do you? Haha. Thanks again!

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