When we moved this summer I took it as a chance to re-do our dining room. I loved our old table but I was really ready for an update so I sold it before the move. I’m not thinking this new Facebook Marketplace find is going to be a family heirloom, but for $40 it fills the spot until my dream table comes along. Whatever that is! I’m not really sure yet!
You can find some great deals on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, usually, the cheap ones need a little TLC and I am always up for a challenge. I figure for $40 I can’t go wrong! With a price tag like that, I knew there would be some effort involved. My husband had to rig the table so the drop leaves stayed up in a sturdy manner and this is what the cushions looked like…
I started the makeover by taking the chairs out back and giving them a good sanding, there were layers of sticky gunk all over the chairs! Next, I spray painted them with my Wagner Flexio sprayer. It makes the job so fast and the finish perfect. I love that sprayer. I used the same color on the chairs that I used on my breakfast room walls, Tynewood from HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams at Lowe’s. It’s my current obsession in paint.I didn’t want to move the table outside and I wasn’t comfortable spraying it inside so I used a paintbrush on it. For the table top, I used a roller brush like you would on walls for a nice smooth, streak-free finish. The table is painted in Pure White also from the HGTV Home line. The walls in the dining room got painted the same color. Our house came in a creamy off-white color that has a lot of gold in it and I wanted a more neutral color in the room. I have plans for the ceiling later so stay tuned!!!
To recover the chair cushions I used my go-to upholstery tools and even did a Facebook live if you want to see a how-to video (go here!). I undid the top layer of fabric but left the original because it holds the cushion together. I chose a large scale houndstooth print that I special ordered from Joann Fabrics. (this is one of my favorite things about old furniture, seeing the history of a piece.)
I highly recommend an electric staple gun for projects like this, they are much easier and more powerful than a handheld stapler. I think they do a better job at holding the fabric firmly in place. There are a ton of tips in my Facebook video, but be sure to trim the excess fabric before you reattach the cushion to your chair. I love the way the table and chairs turned out! Next up is a new chandelier (I already know what I want but just have to get it) and new curtains. I am undecided on the rug. Some days I like it other days not so much, would love your opinion? Let me know if you have any questions, now go look on Facebook marketplace for a fun piece to makeover!!!
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