How exciting! Guests and I no longer have to sit on the couch or stand in the kitchen in order to enjoy a meal. A few weeks ago, I sold my parent’s dining room set (one that I had inherited) to a nice lady who had found my ad on craigslist. My ad did not lie- the set was beautiful, in good condition, and served our family well over the years as an elegant, formal place to eat. However, the furniture was not only too formal for my house and purposes, it was also slightly over-sized for such a small space.Therefore, I began looking into alternative options. I thought that it would be nice to think of the dining room as a continuation of the kitchen. A casual yet classy space in which myself and guests would feel welcome to eat and socialize. The problem with a formal dining room these days is that it tends to only get used on Thanksgiving and Christmas!
So my mother, Grace, and I had been searching for the right table, nothing too big and nothing too expensive.
We were close to settling for a nice round, pedestal-type that was $500 for the table and 4 chairs. One unsuspecting day, Grace sent me a picture of a table and chairs that her boyfriend’s parents had found while garage sale-ing. It seemed too big in the picture, and not really what I wanted. The table had clearly been meant for a kitchen and was blond wood…when I had had my heart set on black. Almost anything can be painted though.
So, without my formal consent, Grace had them purchase the table. It was $50. When they brought it over, it was much smaller than I had anticipated. In fact, it was the exact size that I had wanted (although I had originally wanted round). The cushions were beige and somewhat covered in grease stains, but overall, the condition was favorable. Prior to being painted black, the chairs looked goofy…sort of juvenile, like something you would see in an elementary school. The paint and fabric made all the difference.
It took 5 coats of paint, even after a light sanding. Grace upholstered the chairs with a lovely fabric that she and my mother picked out. I am very pleased with the results. I will add additional pictures when I get them.
I plan to add some artwork and perhaps some sort of small buffet, but this is an excellent start.
I’m taking a little break from painting for the time being. The yard is beginning to look more lush and hydrated. I have been watering it (when I remember/have time) since my dad planted grass seed. The flowers are vibrant and have taken over the garden. 🙂