Before & After | Dining Set Makeover With Chalk Paint

I hope you all had a chance to read in my last post about all the prep work this Duncan Phyfe style dining table needed.

A makeover was in order and chose to do a makeover with chalk paint.

It was a giant project–dining sets usually are!  This is my 4th set to makeover, so you would think that I would have learned my lesson by now.

But it’s like any other painful experience . . . after a while you forget how bad it was and then decide to do it just one more time 🙂

Remember how it started?  All dark, shellacked wood with lots of scratches and dents:

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Well, here it is after all the wood-fixing work, painting, and chair recovering:

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It may look white in this picture, but the paint color is actually a very light blue (it’s Sugar Cane by Maison Blanche chalk paint). You all know how I hate to paint things plain white, but I didn’t want to do anything to bold to this table.

It seemed to call out for something really elegant, so the light, subtle blue was the perfect fit.

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The color plays off the stained top (which is Minwax Dark Walnut) really well.

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Speaking of the stained top, isn’t it beautiful! I’m so glad I was able to salvage those damaged spots (read about how here) and save that gorgeous wood inlay.  It would have been a shame to cover it up.

I think my favorite part of the set though is the fabric. It took me quite awhile to find what I was looking for–something that would be elegant yet modern, and that would highlight the blue tone in the paint while also contrasting to it.

When I finally found this pattern by HGTV at Joanne’s, I knew immediately it was the winner, kind of like an “A-Ha!” moment.

The roll only had 2 yards left on it, and the lady at the cutting counter tried to convince me that wasn’t going to be enough to recover 6 chair seats.  I just smiled, told her to package it up anyway–she didn’t know she was dealing with a “professional “–haha!

And yes, it ended up being plenty of fabric to do the job.

I like how you can see the evolution of decorative styles so easily in the underside of a dining chair seat.

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The fabric is a linen blend, and it just looks stunning with the chair color and stained top. While I was setting up the set in my booth on Friday, several people stopped to comment specifically on how great the fabric was, so I think my gut instincts worked 🙂

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I enjoyed having this set out on my porch for awhile with some of my pretty flowers.  My husband remarked how much more elegant it made our porch look!

I can see it fitting perfectly into someone’s light and airy dining room, maybe that has large french doors opening up to their back garden.

It’s a totally different style than the last Duncan Phyfe set I worked on, but that’s one of the things I find fun about this business.

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I like trying different things and creating different looks for my customers.

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Thanks for letting me share with you today!

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Tuesday 29th of July 2014

I love both sets, they are both just so pretty. Great makeovers. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Steph @ The Silly Pearl

Sunday 20th of July 2014

Ahhh how I love this! Your dining set is gorgeous! Will be featuring you on Project Inspire{d} this Monday. Hope to see you at the party again!

Melanie

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Thanks Steph! I so appreciate the feature, I'll pop on over to see it now.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Friday 18th of July 2014

Wow! It looks fantastic Melanie! I bet it's going to sell right away. And the price is terrific too!

Thanks for sharing your makeover with us at Project Inspired{d}!

p.s. May I suggest you add a link the post of your great save of the veneer....

Melanie

Friday 18th of July 2014

Thank you Diane! That's a good idea about the link too, thanks for the tip :)

barbara

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

This set is so elegant...love the color and I think your price is very very reasonable. ..will look so pretty with so many china patterns.

Melanie

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Thank you Barbara, elegant is exactly what I was going for.

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Monday 14th of July 2014

I would definitely say that all of your hard work paid off on this project! This dining set looks amazing! If I could, I'd snatch it up right now!

Melanie

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Thank you Amy. Dining sets are so much work but they are so gratifying too. Glad you like it!