I’ve had a couple of requests to share pictures of my dining table. We purchased this set (a Drexel 1964 set distributed by Thomasville furniture) from Craigslist a couple of years ago in anticipation of refinishing it for the new home we were building. It was a bit of an adventure getting her, as it was about 2 hours away from home and raining at the time of pickup! I could tell my dear husband was skeptical about the set in all its orangey-speckled finish, but I could see the potential. Give the guy credit for putting up with my plan and finding a way to puzzle this full dining set into the back of the car during a rain shower! Love having an engineer along for the ride
I was certain a little Annie Sloan chalk paint could give this set a whole new life! Here she is in the garage of our temporary apartment in her before condition:
Don’t you just love the orange finish? You can’t tell from the photo, but the finish was full of brown speckles. Not sure who would have ever thought that was a good look? Ah, but let’s remember she is from the 60’s…
Do you see the hidden potential in those lovely legs???
Not looking too promising at this point!
Ah yes, I forgot to mention the original, lovely gold seat covers.
I used citrus stripper on the table top to completely remove the original finish, and then stained it with dark walnut stain. A major improvement once all those speckles in the finish were gone! Then I painted the bottom of the table and all the chairs with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray. So easy! No sanding or stripping required before you use this paint. And this stuff really covers and goes a long way. The paint comes in quarts, not gallons, and I did not even use half of the quart to paint this entire set!
The next step was to sand the edges of the chairs and table legs to give it a slightly worn, distressed look. This step took me a few sessions, as there are six chairs in this set. I used sanding blocks of varying grits to hit the edges and high places that would wear with time. Then, I used Annie Sloan wax in clear with a tiny bit of the Annie Sloan dark wax mixed in to seal the paint and make it suitable for everyday use. A quick buff with a soft cloth and she was done.
The after is a complete transformation! Look at her now:
Lovely shabby chic dining! I absolutely LOVE the cane backs to the chairs. Can’t think of anywhere you could buy something like this today, and she is restored and beautiful again! (I also refinished the buffet piece… Perhaps I’ll share that one in another post).
The lovely leg details and a peek at the new seat covers…
After we moved the set into our new home, I purchased some linen like material (treated with stain guard) in a pretty shade of light robin’s egg blue and recovered the seat cushions. No more gold damask…
The new table top finish. Deep, rich brown instead of speckled 60’s finish. I used two coats of matte poly over the top to protect the finish from daily dining use.
And the full set as it sits today. Such a great bargain and something we really use and enjoy! If I told you what we paid for this set, you wouldn’t believe me, but let’s just say it was a steal! So happy I was able to give her a new look and make her beautiful once again. Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think!
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