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Friday, March 23, 2012

Table Switcheroo

We bought our kitchen table about 9 years ago from Bassett.  It has been a great table!  When we purchased it we were only a family of 4.  So after we became a family of 5 and our 3rd child out grew the high chair we started bringing an extra chair to the table for meals.  We aren't able to fit another chair around the table since the legs are on the outside...uggghhh!
original kitchen table
Since we moved away from my family we NEVER host holidays so we really have no use for a formal dining room.  We have GRAND plans for our dining room.  We plan to turn that room into a game room complete with the pool table from Pottery Barn really soon when we hit the lottery!

So for now we thought why not try the dining room table in the kitchen.  It's bigger!  It has 6 chairs rather than 4!  And when we have our friends over there is more room for our games of Mexican Dominoes!
Dining room table moved to kitchen

Although the size was right...the finish wasn't. Our floors and cabinets are almost the same color.  Which is also the same color as both the kitchen & dining room tables.  So...I decided to paint the dining room table & chairs. 

I primed the table and 6 chairs...then they sat like that quite some time (ummm...I think it may have been like 9 months).  Seriously...I was so indecisive about whether to paint them white or black.  I scoured blogs, pinterest & other places for some inspiration.  I had success painting our bedroom furniture black.  You can see that transformation here.   But our counter tops are black as well as our bar stools & desk chair so I didn't want it to be too dark. Our kitchen is at the back of the house and only has sunlight in the early morning.  I finally talked myself into white & bought the paint about 4 months ago.  And I just started painting them a few weeks ago.  
painting in progress
And here is the completed project...
Dining table transformed

I recovered the chairs with a drop cloth. 
Original dining chair

Dining chair transformed

The drop cloth was a little lighter than I was hoping for and the chairs looked a little plain.  You can see the pillow I bought several months ago and used it as my inspiration for the chairs here.

Here are a few more pictures of the table transformation.

 I distressed the table & chairs to give it a more rustic look. 

I'm really loving the finished product.  Although it took me forever because I couldn't make a decision. Seriously I better gain more confidence & become more decisive so I can get moving on my list of projects!

I'm linking up to the following blogs:

Thrifty Decor Chick
Delightful Order
House of Hepworths
Home Stories A2Z
Evolution of Style


  1. It turned out great, AnnMarie! Can't wait to play some Mexican Dominos sitting on seat number 3... ;)

  2. Thanks Anne! I've got seat #2. :)

  3. Wow! The white was perfect. Great job!

  4. It looks truly amazing! And those drop cloth cushions with numbers on them?! I'm a huge fan. I love drop cloth pillows and curtains and everything ... and I'm a nutter for numbers!



  5. Wow, such a difference. It really cleans up and brightens the whole space! Love the idea for the chair covers as well! Thank you so much for sharing!


  6. It looks so nice and so custom! I love the finish you chose (the indecisiveness worked!), and the numbers on the chairs just add an extra element of charm. It's tough finding something that works for a family of five!! I had a heck of a time finding something that I liked AND would accommodate everyone!

    Thanks for linking up to my Room Evolution party!

  7. That's fantastic! So unique and stylish! Love it!

    On another note, I also really love the paint color on your formal dining room wall. We are looking for a great cream color and it is SO hard to find! Would you mind telling me what brand/color it is?

    via TDC

    1. Unfortunately I don't know the name or brand of the color. We've never painted that room. It's the original "off white" contractors paint they painted our entire house with.

  8. Okay thanks! It sure is a pretty color!

  9. Your table turned out so pretty! What brand and color of paint did you use on it? I also love the color of paint in your kitchen. Do you know what color that is? The night shot makes it look a little green but the day shot looks tan. Your window coverings(bamboo?)are beautiful too. Where did you get them?

    1. Thank you! The kitchen color is definitely green never looks tan except in pictures :) It's an Eddie Bauer color for Lowes called Barrel. The roman shades are from Love ordering window coverings there because you can search by the size you need which is so much easier. Thanks again for your kind comments!:)