Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dining set progress and a lovely find!

Today I want to share the progress I've made with the Dining set! I have almost 5 chairs done, I'm over the halfway mark now...Yay! This is how my dining room looks on any given night...LOL
I'm really happy with the way they are turning out, although there is still alot to do!
This dining set is a wood veneer, I was a little disappointed to find that out since I had asked if it was solid wood or not-but it is still built very solid and now I don't feel any guilt at all for painting it! Originally I was thinking I would stain the table top to a dark finish and paint just the chairs and table legs. I've just been giving the peices a good clean, priming them, and then putting about 3 coats of paint on. The paint was matched from the ivory pleather I found at Wal-Mart. $5.88 a metre, and 2.5 metres is all I needed for all 8 chairs! The seat cushions themselves were still in really good shape so I just removed the velour covers and put the new ones on with a staple gun.

Over on the left is the un-touched china cabinet.

This pretty find was from the Salvation Army-for $1.99 I couldn't pass it up! It is a small silver plated bread tray, I have been using it as a centerpeice (before the dining table re-do) with some mother of pearl candle holders on it. The green reflection is from my sweater. Once the table is done I'll start staging things a bit better so I can take some more artistic shots. I still need to find a good silver cream to really get into the crevices but trust me, you wouldn't recognise it from when I first picked it up off the shelf! The large silver waiter tray that was $2.99 still needs alot of elbow grease before I can show that off-is it ever going to be gorgeous!

This soup tureen was also found at the same store-my favourite place to go when we head out of town! It is over an hour away so it isn't even a weekly trip, which is probably a good thing...The tureen is in perfect shape and it was only $5.99! It looks like there is some goop on it still, I didn't wipe it off before I took the pic's. Cole was helping me show it off-that is his little arm!
I'm going to add this find to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday over at:

Also adding to:

Gypsy Fish Journal Silver Sunday!

And to end things: If it ever crosses your mind that standing on a 4 litre bucket of primer to get the lid back on is a good idea-trust me, it isn't...I had this fun experience just a few days ago and I am still peeling off the primer that ended up to my knees! Until next time! I'm all out of staples until we head out of town again on Thursday so I'll have to figure out something else to work on tonight-tomorrow is "the Bachelor" night so I'll be busy!


  1. Wow Des - I can't believe that's the same table and chairs! Great job!

    Don't forget to check out the little second hand store here in town - I've found some neat stuff there too!

  2. I love it painted white! I will check in after Thursday to see what else you have completed. Love the fabulous finds as well.

  3. Des!! your an insane woman! it looks great!!
    xoxo, Sage

  4. I love that you painted it white!! A world of difference. Nice finds too!!

  5. The dining set looks awesome! I love the white with the updated seat cushion.

  6. Can't wait to see what it looks like once your done!

  7. Your table and chairs are amazing. I don't know why I am always afraid to paint furniture....what a inspiration my visit to your blog was today!! Have a wonderful day!

  8. What wonderful deals! That tray and tureen are beautiful. I never find deals like that.
    Have a wonderful Silver Sunday!

  9. I enjoyed reading about your table and chair redo. I know it's a lot of work but it is really paying off!
    Great buys at the thrift store. I love the silver tray.

  10. So happy to find your blog....I live in BC as well and am a nurse! Your dining room set is a gorgeous transformation and love your silver.
    Happy SS!

  11. Day and night difference with the table set. So much better painted. Can't wait to see it all done and decorated. I'll be back.

  12. Beautiful bread tray. Love your dining room set, what a transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Looks like you have been busy. The chairs are looking wonderful! What a difference paint makes. And a great find at GW! Happy SS!

  14. Desiree,
    First of all I love your table and chairs! The white looks so crisp and clean and the carvings are so pretty. Now to the silver...WOW, I love your tray. Isn't it fun to find these while thrifting? Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Love the table transformation...looks fabulous!
    Thanks for coming....see you next Sunday!
    {{gypsy hugs}}

  16. That is amazing ~ I would love to do that to so many things in my house but my husband is a "wood purist". Ugh!!!!

  17. The silver bread tray was quite a find! Very pretty. LOVE your refinished dining set. It's going to mae a beautiful room! Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!

  18. Great project--I love when I find people who have vision such as yours! Good luck with the sanity-portion of mamahood (I have 4!) xo, kate

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