Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dining Room Table Reveal!

Hooray!!! We finally finished the table! And I thought we could get it all done in one or two weekends. Ha!

To refresh your memory, here's my first post about the table. It's come a long way from its nicotine stained, smoke smelling days!

Here's the before:

See how the previous owner left on the plastic over the chair pads? Yeah, that didn't help. Even the foam on the inside of the chairs reeked like smoke and were all yellowed. Yuuuuuum. 

A little during action...see the difference between the primed chair and the yellowed chairs? 

Left: Picked out fabric, Right: Getting ready for the last coat of varnish

And finally, the after!

And some before/after comparisons:

This project seemed to drag on and on because we could only work on it late at night and on weekends during Little One's nap, but we're really happy with how it turned out! Totally worth it! Here's what we did: 

-Cleaned and sanded all painted surfaces
-Washed wood table top over a dozen times with vinegar solution to get rid of nicotine layer
-Primed all painted areas with oil based primer
-Applied two coats of latex enamel paint
-Applied two coats of water based polyurethane to all painted surfaces and wood table top
-Sprayed a light coat of spray varnish that we had on hand to the underside of the table to seal in any smoke   
-Stripped chair pads down to wooden base and did a quick coat of white spray paint to the wooden bases  
 to seal in any smoke smell
-Put on new foam, batting, fabric, and dust cover to chairs
-Scotch-Guarded fabric
-Put felt pads on bottom of chair and table legs

DONE! WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick's before and after party! 


  1. It turned out great! Love the chair pads. Don't forget to let me know the width and length of the table top.

  2. The bright white paint makes a HUGE difference. They look great! Visiting from It's Overflowing. Happy New Year!

  3. Wow, I am in love with those chairs! I can't believe what a transformation. Well done.

  4. Love! Where did you get that gorgeous fabric?

    1. Thanks! It was from Joann Fabrics circa 2012. :)


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