Friday, April 29, 2011

Dining set redo in progress

      Yesterday, I mentioned I had started on a massive project that I planed to get done this weekend. Well, I can tell you right now, there is no way it is getting done this weekend. I have this table and eight chairs I want to redo. (the table is the smallest it can be in this picture, it seats eight when all the pieces are in it)

     The set is pretty scratched and nicked up from various moves and the fabric on the seats has turned a dingy grey which is not super beautiful. It is beautiful furniture though, lots of detail and curvy lines. It was very generously given to us and I am very grateful to have it.
     I decided to sew slipcovers for the chair seats rather than recover them, because then I could wash them. Slipcovers are more time consuming, but I feel like they will be a better choice in the long run. I also decided to glaze the details on the chairs and table which is also more time consuming. Glazing brings out so much in a piece though that it is definitely worth the extra time.
     So far I have finished sewing the slipcovers, finished four chairs and have the next four painted and ready to glaze. Here is a sneak peak.

     Love, love, love them so far! I didn't expect the chairs to take so long to redo, but I'm trying to be careful and do it as well as I can. I'm thinking I'll have to be satisfied with finishing the chairs this weekend and tackle the table next week.
     This will be so worth the work...the difference it already makes in the room is lovely. Have a happy weekend!

Linking to:
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Tatertots and Jello


  1. I like how it is looking!

  2. Can you please share how you did the chairs. I am redoing my table and chairs and that is exactly what I want them to look like! If you would email me - that'd be great: mandyfarmer23 at

  3. Oh, this is so pretty! The pretty details show up so much better now.

  4. Very cool chairs! I love the paint job!

  5. Very pretty! I just finished a similar project and although it is a lot of work, its so worth it! I can't wait to see the table....

  6. Just a bit of family history on that table and chairs...the table was Grandmommy Feistel's table (Papa Malcom's mother--Louise Marie Feistel). It is cherry wood. The chairs are not the original chairs. Papa Malcom and I bought those later when the original chairs fell apart. Hugs!