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.
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
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