This project took much longer than I anticipated but is was wholly worth it! Before you ask, yes, we still have our Christmas decorations up! We don't have any trees in our yard worth mentioning and the greenery is so cheerful against the desolate Winter landscape so Gracie and I decided the decorations would stay! We don't decorate until Christmas Eve so everything is holding up well.
If you recall from my last post, I purchased this table and chairs from Craigslist with the intention of painting it. I wanted something bright and cheerful to come downstairs to in the morning!
After some consideration, I realized the glass top would not work so I bought another Craigslist table and used the top, which I secured with Loctite. It also gave us more surface area. I think the original table was actually a game table.
After three coats of Annie Sloan Old White, followed by Clear and then Dark Wax, I am happy to say I love the result!
I also went over the caning with a light coat of Dark Wax. A cheerful spot to spend family time in the morning!
I chose to paint the tabletop as well, following instructions from Amy at Maison Decor. Thanks, Amy! I layered three coats of wax, waiting a day for each coat to cure.
I will be adding and subtracting paint in the coming days/weeks, until it is perfect! Do you do that too, or do you just leave it alone? I love the suede leather seats but I am making slipcovers of Bosporus toile. See the statue on the sideboard? It looks just like my sweet Gracie!
I wanted toile for the slipcovers but I labored over the colors because I did not want the pattern to compete with the pattern on our breakfast dishes or the Oriental carpet. Details, details!
I think it goes together very well!
Merrie England pattern from J&G Meakin, England.
What do you think?
A close-up of the finish on the table. I studied hundreds of photos of antiques before I began this project. I could look at patinas all day! Handsome Husband will no longer accompany me to the Art Institute because I tend to spend way too much time "sighing over dead people's stuff". Oh well.
I love Before and After shots! Don't you? Though it was beautiful to begin with, I imagined something brighter...more cheerful. What do you think?
This project took two days, about 14 hours total. The devil was in the details! The table was a cinch, compared to other projects I have done but the chairs were fairly labor intensive...lots and lots of details to paint around!
The electrician is coming next week! Finally, the chandeliers will be hung! I have been collecting them for years! I cannot wait!
If you want to know why Handsome Husband didn't hang them, I will share a story:
In our townhome there hung a ceiling fan in the Dining Room, where, inarguably, a chandelier belonged! Handsome Husband was willing to do the work. The fan came down...the sparkling chandelier went up...I flipped the switch...and...the television in the family room sputtered on. We called an electrician that evening and the chandelier was brought to life. Some jobs are better left to the professionals!
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Primp, Primp Your Stuff!
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