Sunday, January 27, 2013

Breakfast Room Table

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!  


xo

Andie

Linking to:  Between naps On the Porch, Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House, Make It Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesdays!
From My Front Porch to Yours, Treasure Hunt Thursday
No Minimalist Here, Open House Party
French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
The Thrifty Groove, Thrifty Things Friday
Miss Mustard Seed, Furniture Feature Friday

63 comments:

  1. Andie I love your table and chairs and the kitty sitting at the table is cute! Your home is nothing short of fabulous too! I was laughing a moment ago about your chandelier story because the husband is downstairs hanging some new sconces in the bathroom. I think I'll go give it a look see since I haven't heard a peep in half an hour!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  2. Wow! Just wow! Turned out beautifully. Perhaps ypu could add a bit of gold leafing or gold leaf paint to the square details? Congratulations on the beautiful find.
    Xox,
    Maida

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  3. This project turned out stunning. Now I wish you would head over here and do the same with my dining room set! LOL I bet you are so excited about getting all the chandies hung! I can't wait to see them!!

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  4. They turned out fantastic, Andie!
    What a great job you did and yes, I do love the suede/leather seats. The perfect color.

    I truly believe you need to write a book and publish on your local CL and Ebay finds. You are like no other.... a gifted soul of the online treasure hunt!

    It is pouring down GIANT snowflakes here all of a sudden!!!
    Soooo pretty!

    xoxox
    Alison

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  5. Such a beautiful table and chairs Andie. You did an amazing transformation on them for sure, looks wonderful sitting on your beautiful rug!
    Happy Sunday!!!
    Cindy

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  6. Andie they look AMAZING!! LOVE LOVE the color! Such a fabulous makeover!

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  7. Hi Andie! I love it. You did a beautiful job on the paint and I'm sure you're loving it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. You did beautiful job, Andie. Looks so good.

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  9. Love, the table and chairs. I have that same toile in my dining room drapes.

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  10. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!! YES....you got it. I knew if you put on that table top and painted it the same, that this would result in a piece that looks like it is straight out of a château. BRAVO ANDIE!

    AND....I sent you an email/convo letting you know I am ready to draw for you,if you still want me to. Let me know if you are still interested! Anita

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  11. You are amazing! I love what you did! I keep looking around my house to see what I can paint, "my" handsome husband is nervous;)!!! Hope all is well:)

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  12. Just gorgeous! Love how it looks now!Those chairs are amazing!

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  13. Andie, this looks fabulous. Love the choice of fabric. Good decision to paint the top the same. I'd love to be greeted by this cheerful setting each morning.

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  14. It looks great. Love that you decided to wax it. The chairs will look great too. You always do such a good job!

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  15. Nice job, Andie! I knew it would turn out well. Love the finish.

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  16. Your table is just beautiful, Andie! Well worth the time (and patience, which I don't have). Love the glimpse into your pretty living room, too!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. Andie you have accomplished so much and I adore your table with the new finish...absolutely perfect!

    You have gorgeous pieces!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    New 2013 Artists Series

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  18. Wow! Your table looks so pretty! I've used the A. Sloan paint with the wax and just love it. The color is perfect!

    leslie
    www.trouverlesoleil.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi, I admire your talent for finding "finds"...turning them into what you envision, and showing us the beautiful results. This table and dining chairs project is a good example of what I speak of! Your comment about the statue of the female child reminding you of your sweet Gracie reminded me of the little white garden statue I bought 20 years ago...it's of a little girl sitting on the ground playing with her kitten, it also reminded me of my daughter (who just turned 50) and is still an advived cat lover (she loves all animals but kittens are her favorite). Thanks so much for sharing the beauty of your home with an old lady...your post make me smile and remember.

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  20. This came out fantastic! Love finding things and transforming them into something I love! I do this a lot. Came to you from Metamorphosis Monday and am now a new follower!

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  21. What a nice transformation! The detail is lovely! Very nice! Visiting from Met Monday and so glad I did! Thanks for sharing this! Have a great day! =D

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  22. Ficou belíssima sua transformação. Adorei a tom da madeira e os assentos das cadeiras, ficaram perfeitos. Parabéns, pelo trabalho. Estou curiosa para ver os lustre. Esses maridos, meu marido faz toda a parte elétrica da casa. Ainda não aconteceu nenhum acidente. Mas teu marido aprende e tenho certeza que vai gostar de fazer esses pequenos consertos.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

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  23. What a gorgeous job. You must have great patience. I'm still working on my dining room chairs over a year later. Now I'm trying to rope my husband into doing the preliminary sanding. We'll see how it goes. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  24. Andie, this is hands down, the MOST. BEAUTIFUL. REDO I have ever seen! You did a fabulous job on the meticulous paint job & enlarging the glass table top with another was a brilliant idea!

    I found you via Susan's BNOTP & this is my first visit to your pretty blog. I need to go find a second cuppa tea & spend another hour poking around.
    Thank you for sharing this & also the link to Maison Decor. I may get up the nerve to try painting something myself soon.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  25. Hi Andie! Such a great looking set you have now!! Glad you used the wax for the table top finish...and the three coats will give you plenty of protection. Just clean with a soft damp soapy cloth or sponge...that will remove any water borne dirt and if there are any smudges or marks left that you cannot remove, apply a smidge of Annie's clear wax and buff it out...its like a magic eraser!! I love that Bosphorus toile pattern too...I love coming over here! Today is my day off and I am happily skipping around blogland! Then maybe I will head over to Craigslist!!

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  26. You have fabulous luck with Craigslist in your area. Nothing here but broken down junk, I am afraid.

    Had to laugh at your story about husband hanging the light -- I have a similar one!

    ETS

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  27. Hey!
    Where'd you get that toile???
    It's geeoorgeeous!
    The table proportions are better with the bigger top.
    Good job?

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  28. New follower here! This is an amazing transformation, you did an amazing job. It looks so high end!
    Marium - www.decoratevintage.blogspot.com

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  29. You little stinker!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. A wonderful job, as always. I have a soft spot for the English white and blue dishes like yours. I have three plates which I used to display on the wall in Canada. Now, they are still in boxes, and I don't have room for them in our Warsaw apartment.

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    1. P.S. Yes, we drove through Germany to Austria, where we are now spending our school winter break.

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  31. Well done, looks stunning! Happy to be following you. Diane

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  32. Your table and chairs are gorgeous!!! WoW! I love them and the suede is very pretty, but the toile fabric really is going to be perfect. I look forward to seeing the completed chairs. Beautiful job!

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  33. Hello,
    Os vidros enfeitados fiz para colocar bolachas. Tenho um que uso com farinha e açúcar. Não tenho armário em casa só prateleiras, então deixo como enfeite.
    Have a nice day.

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  34. Your table and chairs are a great craigslist find! Love the way you transformed them with your great paint job.
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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  35. Quite an improvement I'd say, and you will enjoy the set even more knowing that you made it shine.

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous, and worth every piece you analyzed! Beautiful job!

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  37. Love the electrician story! My father-in-law was an electrician, and he taught my husband how to do electrical work, so I'm good there. Plumbing, however, is something that I definitely leave to those who do it for a living.

    Your rug looke exactly like the one I'm standing on here in my dining room. Rescued Oriental, practically bulletproof, already nicely worn, and beautiful in almost all settings. (Now that I think of it, I remember a photo you published of your driveway covered in rugs.)

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  38. i love your pretty tastes and your attractive ideas

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  39. this is my first visit for your blog but i will be one of your followers

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous, and worth every piece you analyzed! Beautiful job!I love your blog!!

    AngelicA

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  41. Where shall I begin? The table turned out amazing. The color is divine, and I am head over heels for that toile. I'm also coveting your couch in the background, as well as the girl statue. Your beautiful home is even better than something out of Masterpiece Theatre.

    Warmly,
    Meredith

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  42. You did a fabulous job!! I am so glad I found this post. I have two sets of cane chairs, actually 14 chairs that I have to paint! Eight are for my own home and six for my antique booth. I love that you were able to apply the dark wax to the caned backs. Perfection!!! I am a new follower. :) Angie

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  43. Wow, what a marvelous transformation!! I bet the peep's that put it on Craigslist are regretting their decision to let it go.
    I found you from Savvy Southern Style... New follower!

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  44. Beautiful job and great find!!! Can't wait to see what you do next!

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  45. You did indeed do an awesome job! Great work! The chairs are wonderful too, just as they are, but I can't wait to see what you will do with the toile. I love toile.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  46. What a beautiful set! You find the best things on Craigs! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  47. What a wonderful transformation! It looks gorgeous now!

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  48. You truly scored with this table set! It turned out great! ....and yes, I do that with paint & distressing as well...I may paint on something for weeks until I feel it is perfect!

    Amber @ The Honeysuckle Bus Stop

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  49. Your finds are amazing, but your transformations are out of this world!
    Your have an amazing design eye and your home is just fabulous!
    Patti

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  50. This was a beautiful set to begin with - but WOW it's just out of this world now - looks like something that belongs in a Parisien apartment!
    Beautiful job!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  52. The finished Table is fabulous! Great transformation.

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  53. You already know I love this makeover. What has been making me insane is every since I saw this, I keep looking at my dining room table set thinking, "Man, I wish Andie lived closer!!" LOL Thank you for sharing this beautiful table set at TTF.

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  54. Your table and chairs were already beautful. But after the Job you did they are GORGEOUS, I love your blog. Happy to be a follower.

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  55. Your table set turned out perfect! I love the details. I'm also crazy about your Gracie and the buffet it is sitting on! I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party, "What We've Accomplished Wednesdays."

    Have a great weekend!
    Deborah

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  56. Andie, It's stunning! You did an amazing job on this...like always. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  57. Andie, what a fantastic makeover. I LOVE it. Isn't Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the best! I love the texture and dark wax. Thank you so much for sharing this at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  58. Andie, you are one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! See you later at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  59. Such a great makeover. The colors are perfect and look wonderful in your house. Everything ties in beautifully.

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  60. You are truly an inspiration! Love, love, love how you turn these orphans into Cinderellas. Beautiful!

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