As we have been living in our house for a while now it feels like our confidence to do new things is really increasing. We were given a beautiful antique dining room set which belonged to Jeff’s parents, then his brother and now us! I love it for it’s age and it’s beauty but Jeff is not such a big fan. After living with it for a couple of years we decided to go ahead and refinish it. It’s going to take some time to complete because we are going to put a glass door on the hutch and wine racks in the sideboard but we already have the chairs completed!
We had to remove the old chair pads and replace the batting and the covers, as always we had Tilly to help us!
We chose a true grey to paint the furniture and actually settled on a latex Benjamin Moore option rather than a chalk paint or mineral paint just for the greater selection of colour you can get with latex paint. The colour we chose is Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore which was perfect with the pretty fabric we had picked!
After the chairs were complete we moved on to the table, sideboard and hutch, this is the colour of the furniture before we finished everything, it’s pretty orange which isn’t our favorite!
To re-finish the tops we had to strip the old finish right back which we did with the help of our trusty Dewalt orbital sander:
We were able to find an antique glass window for the hutch which fits almost perfectly:
As we were working almost exclusively inside we decided to use only water based stains and a matt finish on the table tops, we selected a Walnut Minwax shade which is a gorgeous dark colour.
Let us know what you think!