Monday, May 25, 2009

Finally It's Done!

I had a wonderful weekend, very productive. I sewed, baked, had Family over for dinner and done this....made over our dining table!

It started out like this, orange looking stain, but with great bones. I have had this on my list of "to do's" for ages. We bought this when we first moved to this house which makes it 6 years old...time for a change. And, the make over didn't cost a cent!! =)
I started to sand this using the sander, but gave up in favour of muscle power. It looked so much better with out the orange looking stain that comes with mass produced things.
This is what we have ended up with.
I painted the legs and apron with white paint (which was leftover Cabots Timber Colour I used on our bedroom floor) which is very hard waring. Then rubbed in a black bees wax into the top. Over the tears the boys had dug pencils, forks, cars etc into the top which has given it an aged appearance that I couldn't have done better...thanks boys! The black wax has picked up the imperfections beautifully.
Oh, you can see we are still painting the fence...work in progress and my little crosses on the fence (you can just see) are starting to be covered with jasmine.

This is the table in place. The chairs have to be done next and I can imagine it will take me a few weeks to do them all. On the table is an old Irish Ironstone soup tureen which I picked up at Evandale Markets ages ago for $5.00. It looks great with the little roses in it. The runner is actually a bed skirt. It is white on one side and a natural linen colour on the other...and a bargain also at $4.00!!! I really love the 'new' table and can't wait to do the chairs.
I would love to know what you think.
Ness xx

33 comments:

  1. Fabulous! This is what I need to do with my console table, when I finally get around to it.
    I love when you write "Over the tears the boys had dug pencils, forks, cars etc...". Is that a freudian slip? :)

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  2. Oh my gosh how beautiful!!
    Love the runner too....you DID have a productive weekend.
    enjoy it!

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  3. Look gorgeous. My table is very similar!! How beautiful do flowers look on a dining table. You must be delighted! Kellie

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  4. That's a great transformation! I'm going to look around the house today and see what I can transform with a little paint now that you've inspired me.

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  5. I also done my console and coffee table...these were the test monkeys!!! I love it now and cant wait for the chairs.
    Ness xx

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  6. Your dining table and chaise turned out shabilicious.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Darlene

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  7. Ness, it's incredible what a difference a bit of sanding & a lick of paint can make. Your 'new' dining table looks gorgeous in your home.

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  8. It looks great, I am in the middle of tranforming an old french kitchen and are planning on posting some photos soon!

    I love the idea of reusing objects as not only is it good for the environment but the satisfaction you get from it is incredible!

    L x

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  9. Ness,

    Lovely redo.

    I love real wood fences but they are so much more work. It is time to get out the white stain to do our gazebo, swing set and fence. I have hopes our granddaughters will enjoy the summer work with Gram.

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  10. The table looks great! We live in Canada what kind of Beeswax did you use?

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  11. Awesome Job!!! I want one of those type tables in my kitchen to double as a kitchen island-hopefully I can find one and it won't be too large...Great Job...Looks fantastic...Love Tiina...

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  12. Love it, Love it, Love it!

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  13. Looks sensational!
    :-)

    Layla
    The Lettered Cottage

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  14. Hi Ness! I think it looks fantastic! I have a similar table with black legs but the top is even more orange than what you had! Now I'm considering taking it out of the basement after seeing your work!!! Love that tureen or any white pottery for that matter!!! The chairs look fine even if you don't get to them!lol Very nice job! - Sincerely, Jeannette

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  15. WOW! What a makeover! Beautiful, it looks so up to date now! You are so creative, you amaze me.
    xox's

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  16. Looks great! I have the exact makeover planned for my own dining set. If only I had your motivation to actually get on with it already! ;-)

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  17. Looks lovely, much better than it did before,you are right the chairs will be alot of work, but worth it in the end!! All the best, Chrissy

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  18. It just looks so great! Congrats!

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  19. Looks great Ness. A big cheer to muscle power!
    sx

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  20. Fantastic job! I would love to have a table like that.

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  21. Ness, what a transformation! Great job.
    XX
    V

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  22. Annonomous,
    I used Gilly Stephensons wax. This is an Australian Company (I like to use Auusie products where I can with the financial thing going on), but any funiture wax made from bees wax will be fine. Just look for one which is black.
    Hope that helps.
    Ness xx

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  23. You table looks fantastic. I have been planning to do something similar to our dining table and you have inspired me to get around to it sooner rather than later. xx

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  24. Ness - fabulous job! Table looks amazing! We have such a similar table and I think you have just given me the courage to give it a go! You need to show us your "test" subjects next (the console and coffee table).
    Regards
    Romana

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  25. Your table looks fantastic! I love seeing what you do with your furniture. You have such a wonderful eye. I also enjoyed seeing your chaise mattress. So pretty. So Ness!

    xo
    Brooke

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  26. The table looks fantastic I don't know how you find the time I need to be more organised so I can complete some of my jobs that I am inspired to do.
    Lynette :)

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  27. Hi the table looks fantastic.Amazing what a bit of paint can do.You used black bees wax,is that for wood or is it the one they put in hair.

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  28. What a fantastic job! It's gorgeous!

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  29. Hi Ness i love what you have done with your table. Are you going to paint the chairs cream? You have a great day; arent we so lucky.

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  30. This is a nice fresh idea when you are tired of looking at brown wood!
    Keep up the good job with your furniture.
    Thanks, JolieAnne

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  31. I LOVE it! You are such an inspiration, you are so talented and able to do anything with any budget. I so enjoy reading about your reno's and trips. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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  32. Your table looks great. I look forward to seeing the chairs. I also like your fence. Are you using paint or stain to make it white? What brand? Thanks!
    -Noelle

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