Thursday, January 21, 2010

Making progress!

HI! I can't believe I have 11 followers now! Welcome! I feel so guilty for not writing-I got big can of poly for my birthday and I've been happily working away the past few days. (no, seriously...You other DIY'ers know what I mean, I'm sure!)

Yeesh, this dining set is taking forevvver...The table finally is distressed and has it's first poly layer, and I have 4 chairs completely done, 2 that just need poly, and 2 more that need the whole works. With a coat of primer, 2-3 coats of paint, and 2 coats of poly I can paint around those chair legs in my sleep...LOL
But check out the progression!!! That makes it all worth it...And really, I still don't have a job, so what else am I going to do...L-R: The original Blah, painted and ready for distressing/poly, and DONE!!!! The picture seems to exaggerate the white, and the cream, so imagine it toned down a bit?
Here's a sneak peek of the table!

Before the craziness started! Soooo dark and 70's...

There still might be hope I will get it done before the end of the month! I will be very happy to have my dining room back-I've been working up here since it's too cold in the garage. The china cabinet will be such a breeze after all the stupid chairs-all straight lines, easy peasy! I can't wait to stand back and it will all be done-and then I'll have to have a dinner party to show it off!

I am very happy to report that my Haiti Red Cross Jewellery Fundraiser (see post below) was a success! The winning bid of $345 will be in good hands with the Red Cross. Social networking at it's best-all the bids were through Facebook. I'm so proud of everyone who participated, you are all so amazing...

I'll update soon with some smaller scale projects in the works...I love the little thift store in town! Wait til you see what I got there...

Sharing at:

The DIY showoff!

A Soft Place to Land!

Miss Mustard Seed Creations!

A million projects to put on the list when you go visit those ladies...


  1. This is going to be gorgeous! Who would have thought from the before that it could be so light and beautiful! I can't wait to see the ~finished~!

  2. Looks great, the white makes a huge difference.

  3. Looks really great! Isn't paint amazing???? STop by my paint blog sometime!

  4. Oh wow! I can't wait to see it all complete - make sure you email me so I don't forget. I am in LOVE with your chairs...I've been on the hunt but can't seem to find anything I like. These are gorgeous and you did an amazing job with them! Love the distressed white. Great job!

    Thanks for linking to the Show & Tell!


  5. Oh man, what a great makeover!

  6. Wow it's going to be gorgeous. I can already see what it's going to look like. There is hope for my dining room after all. LOL.

  7. Can't wait to see it all done. What a great set to redo--you always see ones just like that at the goodwill for cheap! (makes me wish I needed a dining rm set-haha!)

  8. Looking good so far and since I can see a small man in one of the photo's I am sure that is one big reason it takes so long. It is in my house..enjoy them the table can take as long as it needs too.

  9. I'm anxious to see the table - it has some great detailing on it! Aren't chairs the worst to paint! They are stunning when they are done, but for some reason I'd always rather paint a dresser than a chair anyday :)

  10. amazing what paint can do! Everyting looks great!

  11. Amazing how much paint can change things. I love these. You are doing a great job, thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  12. Congratulations on raising the money for Haiti. It was a very generous thing to do.

    The chairs look lovely and I'm sure the table and china cabinet will look great too. If you get frustrated, just think how great it will look when done, and how much money you are saving.

  13. They are looking great! Can't wait to see it all finished. I've got a Power of Paint Party on Wednesdays... I'd love for you to link up your chairs. Hope to see you there...

  14. I love it! I cannot wait to see how this turns out. I have a similar caned-back French provincial dining set from the 1960's that looks a little dated, but it's made well and has the lines I love. I am planning to paint and distress the chairs white as well, but I'm going to leave the top of the table natural wood. Anyway, I am so excited to see how well this is turning out. I am ready to get to work on my own set.

  15. Wow! You're doing such a great job! I am about to tackle my own dining chairs (for the second time) so I know what a time consuming job it is and good for you not skipping any steps- they will last so much longer because you're doing it right! Can't wait to see the finished set!

  16. Gonna be gorgeousness all over the place :)

    Found you from Mustard Seed Creations...glad I did :)

  17. oh awesome!!! yes, we are doing similar projects aren't we? I just finished that hutch as you saw and now I have a dining table and the 6 chairs....but my chairs are those rounded back with the "railing" in the I can foresee the problems with rolling on paint...I might have to spray them...any ideas?

    Oh and you are a fellow Canadian -- I am in Niagara Falls, Ontario. We have family out your way in Kelowna! And I too, love the color turquoise...I am *this close* to painting my kitchen cabinets this color...hehehe

  18. I know ALL about painting a table and chairs. Yep, takes forever, but soooo worth it. Once you finish, you'll be so glad you did it. The chairs look fab!!