I was going through old pictures and found the “before’s” of that crazy stencil dining room. So I thought I’d share those, along with my dining room table re-do. It went from a table seating 4 total to a table, chairs + bench that will sit 6-8 people (depending on how many little people I can pile on that bench!) ;)
Here she is in all her final glory [after all those hours and hours of re-finishing ALL those pieces!!!]
And coupling it with the 4 matching bar stools, I finally have a completed dining room set! We got the table set from my in-laws when we were first married. Within a year I spray painted it black…but I didn’t know what I was doing back then and it’s continued to chip and scratch over the years.
Let’s journey back to the beginning, shall we?
Before:I can’t tell you how many people would walk in at this point (above) and say, “I love your table!” to which I always chuckled. WHAT?? Seriously?! That was my side of laziness showing, I knew sanding it would take forever (the above was after 4 hours of sanding already) so I put it off and worked on other things around the beat up ol’ house.
Then I finally got smart and STRIPPED it. Duh!! Citristrip is the BEST!! You can pick it up at any of your local home improvement store in the paint section. You brush it on really thick, let it dry for 2o mins, use a putty knife then scrape it off in clumps. SO easy and SO fast!!!
SO much faster than sanding when you’re trying to remove varnish. Note that and save yourself T-I-M-E.
After I stained the top of the table and applied 1 coat to the chair tops, I started painting the legs and chair backs SW Sea Salt blue. [Same color I used HERE and HERE. Slightly obsessed] ;)
Left side: Applied Coat 1 of stain, then dried. I applied vinyl lettering, applied Coat 2 then picked vinyl off with tweezers. Right side: Completed look.
I’m diggin the look right now. What do you think?
Oh, I also found another old shot of the bay window we ripped out that I talked about HERE:
Whew! All that work and I’m finally done!
I’m always amazed how PAINT can change ANYTHING! (: