Dining Room Table Re-do

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?

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] ;)

Remember the custom stamp stencil bench?  I did the same technique for the chairs but used No. 1-4, just for fun:
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! (:
Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
Lolly Jane

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  • Samantha Jennings - That table is so pretty. I love the light glaze =] ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Lifford - I can only imagine how many hours went into that! It is just gorgeous though and I love the numbered chairs. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark – I always LOVE your ideas!
    Jenn :)ReplyCancel

  • marissa - everything looks so stunning I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMWReplyCancel

  • My name is Rita - It truly turned out beautifly. You are doing such a great job on your dining room. Love all the details.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - I love everything about that set!!!! You did an amazing job and should be sooooo proud! I couldn't believe it… and then I saw the chairs! Seriously incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} - Gorgeous!! And I love that stain stamp technique. I *must* find something to use it on!!ReplyCancel

  • Danesa - Super cute!! I should have you come over and help me paint my soon to be nursery. :)ReplyCancel

  • The {Prince} Family - Sooooo much better than when I lived there ;)
    GREAT job sis!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie - All of the improvements look great!

    I'm gearing up to paint my table and maybe the chairs. I'm still trying to work out a plan for bench seating. I need my Dad's help, so I wait : ).ReplyCancel

  • oakleafdesign - I like! I turned out great.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Oh my goodness! I love the numbers on the chairs! It's like a little surprise every time you pull the chair out from under the table! Great makeover!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Love it! Everything you do turns out soooo pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Oh mercy. Why, oh why do you have to live in Arizona!?! I've been wondering what to do about my table (it looks almost EXACTLY like your before pictures! Hahah!) and now I think I know! Love the bench idea….genius! Thank you for your inspiration! (again.) Now I have to go check out this mirror thing…how did I miss that post!?! Buh-bye!ReplyCancel

  • amy and jesse hudson - This turned out absolutely gorgeous! I love to see people's refashions and makeovers! I would love if you would consider linking this up to my "Drab to Fab" Link Party this Friday :) The theme is turning the ordinary into extraordinary using a little creativity. This post embodies that, so I know my readers would love to see it! Here's a link for more info on the party.
    Hope to see you Friday!ReplyCancel

  • Concrete Pool - I can only imagine how many hours went into that! It is just gorgeous though and I love the numbered chairs. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark – I always LOVE your ideas!
    Thanks for post.ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - Gorgeous! Truly. I love what you did with the table. All your hard work has paid off!! (Did you just add molding to that mirror? I am in love with the mirror. I want it in my front room. Or did you buy it that way?)ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - Hey girl!

    The tut is on THIS post: http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-large-beadboard-molding-mirror.html

    It was really easy to make since I started with a small mirror as my base (:

    SO MUCH WORK but this room is done! Yippee!! XOReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Love it! Question for you…where did you get the "Be Kind" sign? I find myself saying that over and over to my kids. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - Hi Tricia. I say it to my kids ALL the time too. I wish it worked ;)

    We made it. I can sell you the vinyl if you'd like to do it yourself? Just email me: lollyjane@gmail.com

    (: KelliReplyCancel

  • Erica - This is SUCH a gorgeous room. I absolutely LOVE it ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Nicely - Oh my GOSH!!! I LOVE this!!!! And I just spent some good money buying a kitchen table and chairs that have a similar look!! If only I had your amazing gifts, could've saved the hubby some dough!!! ;) Truly, this is AWESOME!!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy and jesse hudson - This room is so happy and fantastic. When I am rich I want to hire you girls to style my whole house :)
    Thank you so much for linking this up at Drab to Fab! I'd love to have you back next Friday to see some more of your great ideas. I know you have plenty. You can link old or new. I hope you have a great week :)
    Amy @ Sugar and SpiceReplyCancel

  • thistlewoodfarm - Wow! That's all I have to say is WOW! I just pinned this idea….I love those stained numbers! Your blog is full to the brim of great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Korrie@RedHenHome - So pretty! I love the subtle numbers.ReplyCancel

  • dan and ashley - Cousin! You amaze me with your craftiness. I love everything about your new dining room! Glad to call you familyReplyCancel

  • kailyn - do you remember what color stain and paint you used for the table?ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Yes the bottom is Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams. The top stain is Dark Walnut by Minwax (:ReplyCancel

  • Marietta - Found your blog when I was looking to fix the top of a dining table I purchased at a flea market for $50,real wood but needed work on the top.The table is almost identical to yours so I decided to purchase the Citristrip and it worked,I still did alote of sanding afterwards just to smooth it out,I cleaned the table and applied the minwax but it seems to be coming out sticky,we are having high humidity,hopeing I donot have to start over,will send a picture if I succeed,Thanks for your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Avnie - Hi I purchased a table that looks exactly like your before and I am working on making it look like your after, then I stumbled upon your blog! Anyway I was wondering what you used to seal your table? I was also curious how it held up?ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Love Minwax clear poly, it holds up extremely well! I’ve used it on multiple surfaces and haven’t been disappointed yet!ReplyCancel

  • Amy W - This looks stunning! Way to be brave and repaint your table… I’m working up the courage myself. =)ReplyCancel

  • Dessy Anaiwan - Yes, I’m also amazed that really , paint changes look of anything ? Nicely done work !! Good luck !ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - […] dining room table redo was a bit hit with our readers as almost everything in this room is DIY… from the stenciled […]ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - Hey friends! I can’t see a lot of the photos on you DIY posts and its making me so sad! I’m just getting a grey triangle with an exclamation point, but its only on a few articles so I’m not sure whats going on??ReplyCancel

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