Dining room table redo: stain the top a little darker, paint the legs and chairs white, and distress them. That’s was the look I was going for. But, to be honest I got just a little stressed over the distressing. It was so hard to decide.
Should I do it myself or get help? Jackie and I have talked about this project for awhile. I like the distressed, chippy, shabby look.
I just needed to decide whether to leave it original or re-do the finish. Quit stressing, already!
We have had this dining room table for years but it is not a family heirloom. Well, it could be if I keep it long enough and then hand it down to my children. It could be that they might not even want it.
There was so much going on with the kitchen update that I decided let go of the stress of a DIY and ask for help.
My junkin’ friend, Jackie came to the rescue. But, I needed to get the furniture pieces to her. I needed a larger pick-up and a bit more muscle power.
Side note: That stinkin’ cute “I Have All the Junk I Need” t-shirt is available in my SHOP. It was designed by: Renee, the Junkyard Queen; Jackie at Hacki Shack; and me. This T-Shirt is a must have. Whether you are a dyed in the wool junker, flea market shopper, antique hunter, garage sale queen or dumpster diving diva, you need this t-shirt. It is a must have for junkin’! Shop in style! Add some pearls, too! When are pearls appropriate? Look HERE to find out.
I stressed for days about getting the table and chairs out to her workshop in the country. The Junkyard Queen has a truck that is bigger than ours but we just couldn’t get the schedule worked out with helpers to load it.
One Saturday morning over breakfast, my son, the Guitar Man said that he thought it would all fit in the little bed of his truck. And that WE, the two of us, could load it. Seriously!?! It’s a little truck and just the two of us!
Sure enough. He was right. He usually is!
The dining table and all of the chairs fit. I could breathe.
We were greeted by Jackie’s shop cat. She was way above our heads!
So, why did I decide to paint the dining room table rather than leave the original finish?
- Because, there is so much wood in my living room: wood floors, wood china cabinet, wood baker’s rack, and wood dining table.
- It isn’t a family heirloom, yet. There was a hand written date on the bottom of one of the chair seats – Tuesday Aug. 7, 1939.
She uses a spray rig with latex paint instead of brushing on chalk paint. The top of the table was covered with paper to protect it.
The top of the dining table was in good shape and just need a little tender, lovin’ care.
Java Gel Stain is her stain of choice.
Ranger, her pup inspected the furniture pieces to make sure the distressing was spot on. I recovered the chair seats about 6 months ago, so they were still in good shape.
The dining room table and chairs made it back home the day after Christmas. It took one trip going the shop but it took two trips to get all the pieces back home. Even though they were distressed, I didn’t want them distressed any more.
My junkin’ friend, Jackie is absolutely amazing.
And now that they are back home, I’m not stressed any more, at least not about this project. On to the next thing.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23
’til next time,