Saturday, July 26, 2008

My $50 dining room make over

So about once a year I do these... the $50 make overs. Only this time, it involved large pieces of furniture, so it seemed like even a bigger feat to me.

Here is a link to my dining room when I first painted it. It looked great then. This was before baby #3. About 2 1/2 years ago. So before the computer and high chair and two homeschoolers needed to move in to that same space. Since then, it has gotten cluttered. Difficult to move in, and pretty much the most overused space in our 900 sq ft house. It also has been used a million times daily by two, if not three, children... and the chairs were falling apart. Literally. Pieces of the backs were coming off, the bottoms all had a spoke either missing or coming out every time you moved, and the table would wobble so bad, that one of my kids couldn't erase effectively while the other wanted to write. It was time for the really nice, really delicate table to go.

In comes sturdy 1950's table and chairs:

I know what you are thinking. 'She's crazy! How could she give up that beautiful set for these bargain basement old set?' Well, the simple truth is, my children were quickly ruining them. It would not have been a beautiful set much longer. So I figured, something indestructible would be helpful. Something cheap, so the baby could write on it, and I would not have a fit, would be even better. This was both. Each piece = $9. So it was $45 for the whole set...

Can't get much better than that. Plus, they are kinda cute, don't ya think? If you have to go old and indestructible, go funky. :)



Krista said...

Looks good! You can't beat the price, either.

I know how you feel... I had to give up my great grandma's table and chairs. There is just no way they would have survived any longer with my three teenage boys!

Anonymous said...

Thats so funny that you are talking about table and chairs! We just bought a beautiful mahogany table and chairs from World Market the other day. It was costly but should last us 20+ years! I should get a pic of it, I guess. Yours is functional which with your kids all home all the time is what you really need. Was that table there when I was there or did you still have the other set?

Anonymous said...

I said mahogany...thats wrong. It was rubber tree. The other one we looked at was mahogany!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

I didn't have it when you were here. I picked it up today. :) The table that I had in here was the one in the picture of the room painting. :)


Appetite for Instruction said...

Adorable!! You should make/get a funky retro tablecloth to match the chairs. I LOVE purple/reddish together - they pop!

simply patti said...

I think that would be a perfect set to paint 'shabby chic' style! Maybe a white table, distressed, and then mismatched colors for the chairs??? Oooo! 2 Kute!

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