In January 2014, I came across this table and chairs on a Facebook selling site and I immediately fell in love with it. I loved the design, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint it. After a year of living with it, I finally decided it was too dark and too brown for the rest of the furniture in the room.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been refinishing our dining room table and chairs. It’s been a very time consuming project and one that seems not to have a finish line in sight.
I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the top. I love the rich color which now goes with the red tones of the other furniture. The table top still needs to be sealed with 4-5 coats of sealant with appropriate dry time in between each coat.
For the bottom of the table and the chairs, I used General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. I now have 3 chairs completely painted and distressed with 3 more to go. I ran out of primer yesterday during our little snow storm so I moved onto painting the chairs that had been primed.
Didn’t I say this was a never ending project? There’s a reason I have put it off for this long.
Today I decided to have some fun and make a couple design boards to help Stew visualize my design scheme. Our walls are painted Creme Brûlée with white trim. In addition to the table and chairs, the dining room has a lot of heavy looking mahogany furniture from the late 1800s. It currently has an oil rubbed bronze chandelier with dark beige globes and a brown toned sea grass rug.
Brown. Brown. Brown. Brown. It’s got to go! It’s dark, it’s boring, and it’s driving me crazy.
The first thing I went looking for was a bold navy rug to anchor the room and to break up the brown theme from the furniture. I like to carry a common color scheme throughout our house since it has somewhat of an open concept floor plan. Blue makes me happy and this year navy seems to be my favorite.
This rug is made by Mohawk Industries and is called Saranda Glory.
I love this Martinee 4 Light Crystal Chandelier.
The timeless blue ticking from Loom Showroom will cover the the chair seats.
The bench which sits under the windows would get a drop cloth slipcover like the one found on Old Things New.
Don’t you just love those little rosettes?
For my second design board, I chose a different rug and light fixture.
I love this rug from Safavieh although it might be too busy.
And how about this fun Minka Lavery chandelier? I love mixing in modern elements with our antique furnishings, otherwise it would feel like we lived in a museum.
Well, those are my thoughts for our dining room for now. As you can see, I still have lots of work to get done before we can even think about pulling one of these designs together, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.
So what do you think? Are the rugs too bold? How about the chandeliers?
*Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint were provided by General Finishes for this project.