Here is a commissioned project I had worked on a few weeks ago. My client's daughter rescued it from heading to the trash, literally! Here is the before:
Isn't it the best "Before" picture you've seen?
So it was rescued from heading to the trash and brought to me for a makeover. This dining room set is going in my client's country home to be enjoyed with lots of children and grandchildren. They wanted a dark stained top and the bottom painted white.
So I stripped the tabletop, which had a light honey coloured top. The yellow honey colour was actually painted on and varnished. This is how it looked before it was stripped.
The wood was quite beautiful after I stripped and cleaned it. My clients wanted a dark stain so we chose Dark Walnut by Minwax. After staining, I sealed the top with three coats of Satin Varathane. When I worked on this project, we were in the middle of a heat wave and so it was a challenge waiting for the stain to dry up.
After staining and varnishing, I painted all six chairs (yes, 6 of them, although not all shown here) and the bottom of the table in Old White Chalk Paint® and sealed it with a clear Soft Wax. This table also came with two extra leaves (not shown in picture). This table was so heavy and huge that we were only able to move it a few steps from my garage into my backyard to photograph it. The light was getting away from me, so I only had a small window of time before the sun set to photograph it.
This was quite a big project. These type of chairs with spindles are very long to paint because of the very small brush strokes. It is difficult to get clean, even paint strokes so you have to spend quite a bit of time sanding down the Chalk Paint® to get it really smooth, unless, of course, you decide to spray on the paint. It was very tempting.
In the end, it was worth it. Don't you think? This is a very sturdy set which my client can enjoy many great meals surrounded by her family.
Have you rescued anything from the trash recently? I'd love to hear about it.
- Mary -
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