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Vintage Dining Table and Cane Chairs Transformation

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Hey friends! Today, I'd like to share with you all about our thrifted dining table and chairs makeover!
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
I refinished this set from Goodwill a few years back, but it’s still beautiful and in great shape! I absolutely LOVE the cane chairs and the curves of the table legs. And — knock on wood — the cane chairs have held up after all these years! Lol! ;)
The pic below shows how it started out…an old, dilapidated mess! You can’t see in the pic, but all of the chairs had some 80’s fabric that was covered with clear plastic. It wasn’t pretty! And you can see the watermarks on the table as well!
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
First, my sweet honey carried the table and chairs onto our back patio to protect against the fumes AND to keep from having to sweep up the big mess I was about to make. ;)
Next, I sanded down the table to give it a rough edge, so the paint would stick. Third, after wiping off the grime from the sand job, I began to paint. It only needed a couple of good coats.
Now, came the exciting part! It was time to adhere the poly! (I used polyurethane only on the tabletop, in order to protect the surface.) So as I painted the poly on, I noticed that a yellowish tint started to appear. And being the newbies that we were to refinishing furniture, my hubby and I both thought that maybe it would dry clear….Afterall, the outside of the can DID say that it was a clear poly. Below is a pic of how it dried. An ugly yellow. Just terrible.
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
I was so disappointed that it didn’t dry clear like it was supposed to! So, I started over. Thankfully, there’s this wonderful product for people like me who have to start again or who want to strip paint off of something! It's called Citristrip, and it worked like a dream! It’s wonderful! I just followed the directions on the bottle, and the layers of paint and the yellow poly came right off. It was amazing! Below is a pic of what it looks like, once applied.
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
One good thing that came from this project is the fact that I realized (after sanding the poly off) that I liked the tabletop a natural finish instead of what I originally planned, which was a white tabletop!
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
So, after learning my lesson the first time, I repainted and then applied what’s called Waterlox. And I’m here to tell you that this product actually DID dry clear (or at least as clear as one can get with a “natural” finish)! I just painted the Waterlox on the top of the table and on the arms of the chairs….wherever I thought there’d be a lot of wear and tear.
  • vintage dining table and cane chairs transformation, painted furniture
So there you have it, folks. My refinished kitchen table and chairs. We eat on this table; we do homework and projects on this table; we use the sewing machine on this table….What can I say?! We use this table for everything, and it’s held up beautifully!
If you're interested in discovering all the supplies I used for this project, click on the link below, and it will take you directly to this post. ;)
Have you ever had a mishap with poly...or with refinishing furniture in general? I’d love to hear your story and even learn a thing or two about furniture makeovers! Comment below, or stop by the blog and comment there. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Have a wonderful day!

To see more: http://therusticboxwood.com/2015/02/antique-dining-table-and-chairs-transformation/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      @Hannah V Aww, thanks so much, Hannah!! Hope you're having an awesome day! ;)

  • William
    William Burbank, IL

    If you used oil based poly, it tends to yellow or show yellow over white. Water based poly goes on clear and stays clear. But anyway, your little "mistake" found gold. The top came out beautiful and the chairs elegant. Superb job!

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      @William Thanks, William! Yeah, that mistake definitely showed how much of a newbie I am at remodeling furniture. Haha! ) But, I'm really glad that mishap happened! )

  • Kelli @CraftShackChronicles
    Kelli... Farmington, NM

    We have a dining set in this exact same style, just slightly different shape on the chairs and table. They belonged to my husbands grandmother. He doesn't have the vision to see them refinished and I hate them the way they are. I'm going to show him

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      @Kelli @CraftShackChronicles You go girl! ) Hopefully, that conversation went well. Lol! Let me know what he says! )

  • Carole
    Carole Australia

    Kudos to you for starting over when it was not working out. It was a big job and very daunting sometimes to have to admit when something is not working and go back to square one. Makes a lot of work. I agree with you having used Citristrip myself,

  • Lynn Willett

    I've just picked up supplies to start on two end tables. It's a project that I want to do but have never tried so I'm taking two end tables that are old and dark from the sunroom and going to strip, sand, and paint white. Hope I can do a great job as

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      @Lynn Willett You'll do great! It just requires a little patience with the refinishing, but you'll be so glad you took the time to give them a makeover! I'd love to see the finished product!

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