Thursday, August 8, 2013

Laura's Dining Set

At long last, I have finished the dining set for my friend, Laura. I originally got this set on craigslist (one table with leaves and 5 chairs) for $50. Score! The first task was the table. I was thinking it would be nice to keep the table top in a wood finish, but it was too beat up with scratches and white, heat stains. I did test taking those stains out by covering them with a towel and using a steam iron on top. It kind of works! Then I filled the holes with wood putty, let it dry and sanded.
Laura and I picked the colors for the table together, inspired by the posters she has hanging in the dining room already. The table top is painted in paris grey (chalk paint) and the legs and skirt are old white and a turquoise color that I mixed myself. Then Laura ordered this area rug to go under the table. It compliments the colors in the table nicely!
Next came the chairs. Laura helped me pull off the old cushions and we cleaned and prepared them for painting. The chairs got two coats of old white and clear wax to seal them. We found the fabric for the cushions at Discount Fabrics. Laura splurged on the nicer foam for the cushions, which was a good choice, because they are super comfy to sit on.
I'm very happy with the overall look. I think the classic lines of the table suits the architecture of her beautiful, old, SF home. And the light paint colors keep her dining room feeling light and airy.
P.S. I've found two antique chairs that I am going to re-do in the same style so that she can have 6 chairs for larger dinner parties.

1 comment:

  1. I love this! Aldo - I'm moving in with the bf soon and I imagine I will be turning to your blog for more and more inspiration. I already started perusing Craigslist, trying to view things through a "What could Alden do with this?" lens. :)