Monday, October 8, 2012

Dining Room Furniture Makeover In Progress

This is the picture from the ad when my french hutch was for sale. If you remember for me to be able to purchase it I had to take the table and chairs as well. I said no problem because I knew I could make them over and sell them since we already owned a table and chairs. 
There are two arm chairs and four regular chairs to this set.

I had painted all the chairs in Maison Blanche La Bonne Terre and was planning on the top coat being Wrought Iron. After I painted one chair in Wrought Iron I decided to go back to La Bonne Terre. I just wasn't feeling the black chair. 

Here are all the chairs patiently waiting for the next step of their make over.

Next up came the table. It has a leaf which makes the table rather large. The table top had some wear and tear on the top which is to be expected since the owner had purchase it back in 1976 I believe they said. So really over all it was in excellent condition. I was not sure if I was going to paint the top or refinish it. I hemmed and hawed over that decision for a week. I over analyze everything. 

Of course I chose to refinish it. I sanded the top down which took about a day and a half. I was not quite sure how it would turn out so my back up plan of course was to paint it if the refinishing didn't come out right.

The top ended up coming out pretty great so I then started on the bottom of the table. I used Wrought Iron on the base. 

After the top was dry from staining I decided I wanted to add a little element of surprise. Something you do not see everyday. I got a crazy idea and started free handing. Don't worry I promise the gold will not be in your face. This is just the first step in my process and where I am at today. I can't wait to see how it all comes together. I honestly had no idea really what direction I was going with this set. It is just kinda coming to me as I go along.

 I am currently debating on what fabric to choose for the chairs. I thought about just letting the buyer bring me their own fabric. Then I thought how unexciting the for sale pictures would be without the cushions finished so I started hunting for inspiration photos.

I saw this picture over on Pinterest and fell in love with the red gingham.

At Home Arkansas
Then I came across this picture. I fell instantly head over heels for everything in this picture to include that stop dead in your tracks chandy which btw costs both of my children!;) It looks like the legs on the table may be black. It is hard to tell though.

So which would you choose the red gingham or the khaki gingham fabric or another fabric all together?

I am hoping to have this set completed in the next week or at the most two weeks depending on the fabric. I want to get it ready and sold so somebody can enjoy using it for Thanksgiving!

If you are wondering about the Maison Blanche Paint I am using for this project it is a chalk based paint. I fell in love with all the colors there are to choose from and when I saw that they carry a true black I was sold! If you want to try it out for your self I know several fabulous gals who sell it!

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST!! I try out every new paint that comes out on my own. I purchased it and it has NOT been given to me. All my opinions are my own and I would not share something I would not buy myself.

Now back to the fabulous gals who sell this paint.
My bloggy pal Shannon over at Fox Hollow Cottage has an online shop.
If you hop on over and pay Shannon a visit you can see some of her fabulous projects with Maison Blanch Paint like this AWESOME harlequin coffee table. She even shows you how to create one of your own!!

Nena at NCF studios has an online shop as well but for those of you in the local Houston, Tx area you can go and visit Nena at her studio and see all the fabulous Maison Blanche colors in person!! I warn you though you probably will walk out of there with more than one quart of paint!;) She also has it for sale at The Antique Gallery in Spring, Tx. 


  1. So far the chairs and table look amazing! Love the color choices. Can't wait to see what the freehanding brings! - Tonya

  2. I can't wait to see this one! I haven't had a table and chairs to do in sometime, and would love to find one soon.

  3. I love both looks, Pamela, but I think the red and white really stands out more. I'm looking forward to see which you choose and how it looks!

  4. Pamela I LOVE LOVE your inspiration photos!! The table and chairs are lookin so good, can't wait to see them finished!!

  5. It is really lovely, and either way you go with the fabric will be beautiful. I really love the red gingham, but since you are selling it, perhaps a more neutral, like the khaki, would make it easier to sell? Hard to say, of course, one never knows who will be looking to buy, somebody who loves red would snap it right up! Your hard work and attention to detail really shows, and I know it will find a new home quickly, in any case. (if I could have it in my dining room, the red would win, hands down!)

  6. this is fabulous, but I'd go with the neutral check, love the tan!!!

  7. Pamela, I love what you have done and can't wait to see the finished product!

  8. Awe! Thanks so much for the sweet shout out. You are such a doll. It's all looking amazing!!! The Wrought Iron is gorgeous on the table legs and base. Don't you love how inky black it is? I know you'll do wonders with the set, you always do such pretty work :)

  9. So far this table set is wonderful. I always look forward to your furniture pieces. I think the the khaki gingham would be really pretty and work with a lot of different styles, but the red will stand out in photos.

  10. I'm in the middle of painting 6 chairs, so I feel your pain! I love the end reusult of a painted chair, but what a pain to get there! Yours look great and I love the lighter color! I also love where you're going with the gold accent on the stained top. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

    Both fabrics are lovely - but I LOVE a buffalo check!!

  11. Love this set. The chairs have such a pretty back. I think I would do the neutral color check and let me know where you find it. I need some, too.

  12. I really want to paint my dining chairs... you're an inspiration! Great job!

  13. There you go again... working your magic! I have a big crush on your table and chairs!!!! They look fabulous so far. I am very excited to see what the gold rim will look like in the end. Stunning, I bet!

  14. Can't wait to see the finished dining room set......looks great so far!..Annie Omar at Maison Blanche will be speaking at our conference this weekend....I cannot wait!

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  16. I love the way everything is turning out you are doing a fantastic job. I can't wait to see which fabric your choose. I think either would be pretty.


  17. Love seeing your projects, Pamela! Your inspiration fabrics are gorgeous, and you can't go wrong with either one. I just know whatever you decide on will be amazing! Now, hurry up and finish. :)

  18. I'm personally lovin' the red gingham, but I have to reluctantly admit that many people are less bold, so maybe the neutral gingham would be 'safer' for selling? After I finish my craft room (and the gazillion projects that go along with that!) I'm painting my cane-backed chairs/refinishing the dining set - I'm doing them in a grey/blue though, and still looking for some sweet fabric for the chairs - ideas? Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

  19. I would go neutral on the fabric if you are selling them. 2 years ago I would have said red for sure, but now I am moving into my neutral phase. Never thought it would happen, but I love white!

  20. love any kind of gingham but the khaki is great with it! i would also try a big check gingham in black and white for fun

  21. Pamela, I love love the way the table is looking. I can't wait to see the finished set.


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