Don’t tell my husband but I am hopelessly in love… with this dining set! I now look at my own table and chairs (also a make over set) and I’m just so disappointed… because I have this to compare it to!
ISN’T IT FREAKISHLY PRETTY?!?
It turned out so well I can’t sell it. I must sell it. *pout* Do I have to? Yes.
Internal arguments are the worst! Logical Me is so mean.
Alright, so normally I’m a stickler for before pictures, but, in the event of bringing these chairs and table home it rained. Hard. I pretty much was running from the truck (borrowed) to the garage and
putting just flinging things in as fast as I could. They laid in a pile for about 2 weeks while my respiratory tract decided to try to kill me… and continues to try.
When I started working on things I assumed I had taken a before photo, but really, in retrospect there’s no way I could have. Silly me.
I did find this ugly thrift store photo online of a set that is nearly identical :)
You get the idea. Plain maple stain, ugly fabric on the cushions, worn finish.
See that little gem on the edge of the seat? Yes, this is my grand experiment in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Now, the question everyone has.
Is it worth all the hype?
My answer is yes. Yes. YEs. YES!
It’s freakishly fantastic! Now it is very different from latex paint in that it dries really quickly. There is a slight learning curve to get your finish even but once you get that mastered you will love this stuff! The finish is completely matte and feels like velvet. Unlike my knock-off chalk paint recipe which had to be sanded to get rid of the roughness in the texture. I’m not saying I won’t use the recipe ever again but it will take a good reason (of which I cannot think of one at the moment) to get me to use knock-off chalk paint.
Another thing I loved is that a little goes a long way. I painted the entire table base/legs and all 6 chairs and used about 1/3 of a quart. I was so worried that it would take more than one quart to finish the project and that it would rack up quickly in price but it didn’t. The woman who I bought the paint from said that if I wet my brush while applying the second coat you can make the paint go even further and that was completely true!
When I started using my knock-off recipe I was wise enough to invest in the Annie Sloan soft wax since I had read in a million places that you really can’t fake the wax with anything comparable on the market. I purchased the clear and dark wax. For this set I only used the clear wax since I really liked how clean and crisp the plain white was. I debated for a long while to distress the chairs or not, and decided against it because I understand the distressed look isn’t for everyone. I try to be as universally pleasing whenever I work on a piece that will be for sale.
I knew I would need new fabric for the seats because the existing fabric (the third layer of recovering as I discovered) was really thin, worn, stretched out, and probably was very cheap to start with. I went to Hobby Lobby and looked through their upholstery fabrics. I found several that had that french vibe but they were too subdued and I knew my plain white set needed some pattern. I found an awesome french (how appropriate) pattern cotton duck cloth. It’s heavier weighted than your standard cotton cloth and more durable.
I purchased 4 yards (what was I thinking?) and used 2 of them. Maybe I was expecting my chair bottoms to be bigger, or the cloth to be smaller? I have no idea. All I know is I bought way too much. I recovered each of the chairs and it took about 30 minutes to do all six. Click here for the tutorial.
Whenever I can find a tag I always like to document the company name. Especially when it is a well known brand like Bassett! This table set I bought at an estate sale where I was informed the set belonged to her mother since the 50s and her mother was the original owner and had always taken very good care of her belongings. I would agree. For the age, this set was in excellent condition. Which I love because it makes my job that much easier!
The table top is stained in a rich espresso which when brought in doors is a deep deep, almost-black, brown color. It’s very pretty to look at. I used MINWAX PolyShades to refinish the wood and I absolutely love it. What a wonderful product.
I think my favorite thing about “french provincial” is all the currrrrrves. There’s so much detail and pretty accents and bends, curves, carvings. Your eyes just want to look and never stop.
This set is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ‘Old White’. It’s a very warm neutral white that goes perfectly with pretty much anything. Look at all those pretty legs against our amazing floors.
On another note I need to have my Digital Rebel XTi camera cleaned. Poor buddy has been with me through thick and thin on every project and it’s just clogged up with crap. It has paint on it, saw dust in every corner and crevice. It’s been such a good camera to me and I have not been a good owner. Maybe I’ll treat it to a service soon…
The fabric is just so pretty in this shot. I think it’s a great compliment to the simplicity of the set.
I can’t speak or read french but I’m sure it’s all lovely words relating to paris and france.
So pretty :)
And what antique set doesn’t have a man chair? I mean, captain’s chair ;)
It looks so good in my house and fits in my office just perfectly!
I will miss you my beautiful friends!
And let’s not forget the inspiration photo.
Did I do Miss Mustard Seed’s version any justice?
I hope so!
Have a Merry Monday everyone!