This past summer I scored a fantastic dining room set – it included a solid oak round pedestal table with a leaf and four of the prettiest and most sturdiest chairs I have even seen.
I stashed it away in the very back of the garage planning to get to it in the future.
Dining room sets take a lot of work so it takes time to muster up the energy to get them started sometimes.
I knew that would be the case so I was at peace just waiting until the mood struck.
Well, I just adored this set!
I put it off and put if off…I think deep down inside I wanted to keep it, but I just didn’t have the right space in my current home.
I already had a nice table in my home that fit our home well and I didn’t want to replace it.
So I hoarded that table and chairs for a few months.
Then…in May, our landlord approached us as he had decided to sell the home we had been renting for the last four years.
This is a story for another day, but the bottom line is we began the stressful task of house hunting and finally last month, moving.
Wouldn’t you know it…our new home had the PERFECT spot for it.
I really couldn’t be more thrilled to refinish it for our new space!
It was just the MOTIVATION I needed to get going on it!
I began to work on it two weeks before the move and by the time we moved into our new home, she was ready to be put into place!
A little on the process…
I wanted to paint the base of the table and chairs in white, so I picked Annie Sloan’s Pure White.
I painted on three coats on the base and chairs…chairs are always the worst.
I HATE PAINTING CHAIRS.
I paint them by hand and I don’t own a paint sprayer so it is tedious and awful work.
I am determined to buy a sprayer though just for painting things like chairs…I about lost my ever-loving mind.
BUT…the results were sweet so I am happy it all worked out.
I sanded the top down to the bare wood with my awesome palm sander.
I took time to sand the edge of the table top, too.
One of my furniture pet peeves is when refinishers sand the top of a table beautifully and then leave the edge and paint it.
I just can’t take it.
Do the work…don’t skimp!
Maybe you like that look, but I don’t.
I only had one table I ever redid that I couldn’t properly sand the edge and had to paint it and it drove me nuts!
The table top has an awesome wood grain – look how pretty!
Then I treated it with Minwax’s Pre-Stain which prepares the wood for the stain to be applied.
I wiped on a few coats of stain and then once it dried, I sealed it up with four coats of matte polycrylic.
In the meantime between steps in working on the table, I painstakingly painted, sanded, distressed and waxed those pretty chairs.
It was tedious, but the end result was glorious.
Distressed white anything is beautiful in my book.
The set turned out BEAUTIFULLY!
I couldn’t be more pleased!
And her she is in our new house!
She’s perfect for this spot!
I am excited to hang some wall art and such, but I adore my new table.
I know we will make many memories around this table in our new home.