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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/

  • Merrilee
    Merrilee Mason City, IA

    Looks great! I paint and repurpose furniture and most often wax my pieces, the exception is table tops because of wear and tear, I use polyacrylic. Always dries clear and is not oil based.

  • Denise
    Denise Fairfield, CT

    Beautiful! Great job!!!!

  • Joan Gelormo
    Joan Gelormo Andalusia, AL

    Real wood just can not be beat, you did a lovely job.

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Nicely done. My daughter made hardwood kitchen counters for my kitchen remodel, we finished with a Minwax product that left every brush stroke visible and yellowed everything else it touched. I will never try that again...I have since read about self

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      @Lisa House Thanks so much, Lisa! I'm sorry you had a DIY scare, too....That's a real bummer!

  • Annie Doherty

    Lisa what a terrific transformation it is so beautiful and you and your family can now enjoy it for many years to come. As an 'old' refurbisher I really admire people who can turn ugly ducklings into beautiful swans, it just gives you so much

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA

      Aww, thanks so much, Anne, for your kind words. We absolutely love our table and chairs, and I'm thrilled to share it with y'all! :) Hugs, Katie

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