Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dining Room Set Transformation of Transformations

I am almost as excited to reveal this transformation as I was to share my Master Bedroom Makeover.  I have finally transformed the dining room table and chairs I picked up off of KSL (similar to craigslist) several months ago. 

For those of you who are new readers, here is the glorious set that caught my eye right away in all it's fabulous potential. 

Please forgive the quality of these pics, I had to pull the ones that were posted on KSL.

Isn't it such a beautiful ode to the early 90's?  I can see that someone had great intentions when they painted the gorgeous wood table top in what must have been an oh-so-chic forest green color, treated the legs and chairs with the ever so popular sponge paint treatment, and upholstered the chairs in a lovely floral arrangement of hideousness.  Hey. I'm sure someone will be mocking my new and improved efforts down the road also, so it's only fair that I joke a bit. 

After a LOT of labor and patience, I transformed this set into this:

And I couldn't be more pleased.  Smitten, actually.  I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning.  I love the way it turned out, and how perfectly it looks in my kitchen.

This table has 2 leaves, and is staged in my kitchen with one leaf in.  For our small family, we will remove the leaf and only use the 4 gray chairs while keeping the two captain chairs as accent chairs in the living room.

Some of you with a keen eye (who know my kitchen) may have noticed a fabulous new piece of furniture peeping out from behind my new table...

This is a buffet that my mom bought at an antique auction years and years ago as a young newlywed gal.  It's been sitting upstairs in her house so lonely for quite some time and I thought it just needed to reside in my kitchen for a while so she can feel beautiful again.  I had intended to fix her up and possibly even slab a coat of paint on her, but I just can't bare to do it. 

 I think she's beautiful just the way she is, scuffed and all.
I am absolutely in love with the hardware.

I'm thrilled with how perfectly this piece sits next to the new Frenchy table and chairs.

The process of this transformation was a long one (for me) to say the least.  I will share all of my mistakes and successes with you shortly to perhaps spare you some of the misery, should you lose your mind and decide to take on an endeavor like this yourself as I so foolishly did.  :)  Wow, aren't I motivating?

I must also tell you that I wasn't thrilled about staging these pictures in my kitchen, as this room is still on my list of rooms to decorate, very high at the top of the list in fact.  This new table has given me the push now to get it all finished to match the beauty of this set.  Hopefully I can share with you some fabulous end results of that soon. 

On the bright side, it's a huge improvement from how it looked earlier today:

 And an even bigger improvement from how it looked right after we moved in. 

Slowly but surely, peeps, we will get there.

I'd say this is a pretty good step in the right direction so far.

Hang tight for the tutorial on this revamp, and remember to sign up for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax giveaway HERE if you haven't already done so.  The winner will be selected on Monday, so hustle bustle!

*** update:  Tutorial for how this set was transformed can be found HERE***
Have a great weekend!

I'm sharing this makeover with the following lovely folks:

The DIY Show Off


Domestically Speaking

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


Transformation Thursday

Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. love your table! the entire space is absolutely beautiful!!!!
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  2. OK. You win. That's one of the best transformations I've seen. Incredible. Well done.
    Visiting from Freckled Laundry.

  3. Ooolala! Move over chevron chair here comes the gorgeous dining set. It looks amazing, I am in the process of refinishing my dining roome set and chairs too. I can't wait to see what you you don't get to take a breather it's onto the next...I'm waiting. Have a fabulous Friday.

  4. Wonderful transformation. I love the little slips for the chairs, too. Wish I could sew like that. Thanks so much for sharing at wow.

  5. Oh, and I forgot, I would not paint that buffet either. It has the most gorgeous patina.

  6. Gorgeous set! You did a great job! I LOVE those chairs!

  7. Jen, You are so inspiring!!! I just love this table and the chairs are beautiful!! I hope the tutorial is up soon because I am picking up a table very similar to this and need all the help I can get! I think you made the right choice with not painting the antique sideboard, it is a beauty the way it is!

  8. Love the detail on the chairs, Beautiful! Now a follower. Would love to win my own chalk paint!

  9. Fabulous result--and the buffet works so well with the wood tabletop! You must feel proud to have made such an incredible transformation in your kitchen!

  10. Gorgeous! You just got to love it when things come together so fabulously! Wonderful job!

  11. I will never look at a butt-ugly dining room set the same again!!! I've been seeing miraculous transformations for a while now, but seriously, this is almost....mystical!!! :) Talk about not judging a book by it's, I'm impressed and inspired!!

  12. Wow, what a lot of work! It looks truly spectacular though, so certainly well worth the tremendous effort. Enjoy it!

  13. WOW what a BIG job that was!! It looks sensational!!! Nice job, thanks for sharing!!

  14. This is absolutely stunning! I can't imagine the time it must have taken you. I featured this tonight. Thank you so much for linking up!

  15. Wowzers! This is amazing! All your hard work definitely paid off. I'm anxiously awaiting a "how to" post as I am (crazy?) contemplating doing something with my table, too.

  16. I have to tell you I saw your table and chairs over at Freckled Laundry and again, it took my breath away. It is beautiful!!!!!

  17. Beautiful! I'm now seriously cotemplating making over my dining room set.

    Great Job!

  18. Love your dining room set! I love the chairs they came out so beautifully! I want to redo my table like yours!

  19. Saw this set when you posted back in August. LOVED it then and LOVE it now. Beautiful work!

  20. You have beautiful naturally lighting in your home. I've been telling my mom for ages to get bigger windows in our home. Naturally light is so pretty. I am in love with the chair with the fabric pattern. That is the type of chair I'd be proud to own for myself.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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