Oh what fun it is to be with friends! Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday where my blogger gals and I get together to share our latest makeovers and creations with you to INSPIRE. What you see below is my focus of today’s post – you will see my friends’ posts in a bit. My good friend, Mandy, spotted this entire set on the curb and claimed them for me. Woot! Therefore, you are in for a dining set makeover. (giveaway alert!)
I will be honest that when Mandy sent me the picture of the chairs that she had found asking me if I wanted them…I hesitated. Why? Well, if you’ve followed me for long, you know that I have undoubtedly sworn off working on all painted furniture. For good reason too, I’ve earned my promise to self by mentioning past problems before.
However, I am a sucker for these rose back carved chairs, and there were 6 of them, so that meant I could have an entire set. Now to find a table to match this Mid Century style. Oh, and by the way, these chairs are by Park Furniture Company, known for their gorgeously, intricate pieces.
My story continues when I hopped on Craigslist to find a table, and was determined to not drive outside of my city to make a purchase. I have no time lately, and needed to know if this was going to work. Within 5 minutes I found the perfect table to go with this dining set makeover. I was stoked, but also that pit in my stomach feeling like headed up the first hill of a roller coaster. Know what I’m sayin’?
Now, when I say this table was perfect, I mean that the leg taper matched the chairs, and the routed top match the lines of the seat of the chairs. As for the actual table, it needed much TLC. Nothing I can’t handle, right?
The table is made of solid maple and has potential, but I definitely had my work cut out for me. Even the legs had been chewed up by a dog.
Not a problem for my Bondo. hee hee. I’ve used this awesome stuff in many makeovers, as seen here, and works like a charm. In this picture, I’ve applied it and it just needs to harden and then be sanded down.
While the leg repair was curing, I set about to sand down the table top with my orbital sander. Since the finish was so worn, it came off pretty easily with a 120 grit paper.
While sanding, I did notice a few deep watermarks and stains that were slight enough that I hoped would be invisible once stained. Here’s hoping!
After all the sanding and prep work was done, it looked as though all was good to go for staining. I chose to try a new-to-me product this time, General Finishes Gel Stain in Java.
My reasoning for choosing this particular stain is because maple can be hard to stain. It can come up blotchy and I’m all too familiar with the headaches it can bring. I have only heard rave reviews on General Finishes gel stains, and did my research to find out they are known for breaking the blotchy barrier. What I mean is, no wood conditioner needed, no taking lengthy steps to get the blotches to go away, just apply and you’re set. Honestly, it sounded too goo to be true, but I was game to try.
The stain went on easily and gave the look I was after. However, there was one minuscule spot that resisted about the size of the tip of my pinky finger. Ugh…for real? It had to be because I missed it while sanding. So, since it was on half of the table I decided to redo that side only. First, I wiped it down with mineral spirits to remove any residual stain so it wouldn’t clog my sanding pads. Then, I used the 120 grit paper again to tackle it one more time.
It worked like a charm, but too well since the extra sanding opened up the grain to soak more stain in. The side I just redid was a bit deeper than the other side and the extra leaf. Funny thing is, that it was exactly how I wanted it to look. See where I’m headed with this? I head-smack myself and then tackle the extra leaf and other side in the same way. Needless to say, this was a user problem, not the stain and am happy to report all worked out fine. Whew!!
Now for the daunting task of getting those painted chairs ready for a new coat of paint. I honestly dreaded all the prep work, but was also excited to see them made new at the same time. My little Corner Cat sander worked like a beast to help me whip these chairs into shape. What a workout that was!
Once the chairs were done, I cleaned them up and headed out back to break out my HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra Sprayer. mwahahaha… Bring on the fun!
You know I love my sprayer and have shown you many times how I’ve used it to save my sanity in these past posts. Here’s my video tutorial of how to set it up and get your DIY project done fast.
All I needed to do was fill up the sprayer and have at it since my chairs were already prepped and ready to go. The key to a great finish is using the right tip for the job (I used blue), having the right paint consistency (follow manufacturers instructions), and getting the flow set right. I suggest practicing on scrap wood or cardboard before you start.
The color I chose to use is a custom color I had created for use in another project. I love it’s muted, neutral tone. It’s a flat finish, but I intend to use a satin poly topcoat once my paint has cured from two layers with two hours in between. Can you believe I had each layer on all six chairs done in less than twenty minutes? No brush could beat that! Onward with the dining set makeover…yippee!
Before I added my poly topcoat, I wanted to draw out those lovely carvings. To do that, I applied a bit of glazing with another custom color I had on hand.
After all the paint was cured, I applied the two topcoats with my sprayer and let cure. During that time, I recovered the chair seats in new upholstery using my stapler, and we’re ready to roll. I’ve always referred to tackling upholstery is like wrestling a cat as it can be painfully scratchy. This was no different, but my AirStrike sure made the job of putting on new upholstery easier!
Let’s see this motley crew dining set makeover, shall we?
The outcome is just as I’d hoped and more so. I was a bit nervous and so exhausted after taking it all on in a few days time. Here’s to deadlines and crummy weather! haha.
Isn’t that top such a rich looking beauty? That stain did such an awesome job getting that dark contrast I was after. And the three coats of poly I used made it shine new again.
Then there’s the chairs… They were a cinch with to work on with my Super Finish Max.
Seeing the soft muted tones of the chairs play against the table makes my heart sing. The fabric sets it all off nicely, I think…do you?
I’ve always thought that the best part about extension tables is that you can have a large space or small depending on company and your home size. When friend and family come, break out the leaf. Yay!
My dining set makeover is complete and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how one man’s trash is turned into another’s #trashure. You can find this set and more available for purchase in my shop. We do ship to your door with the best rates around.
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Up next, I have the BIG announcement for my Finding Home program. It’s taken me longer than expected to get it all together because we decided to do a triple gifting! We’re so excited!!
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