Dining room dilemma!

Was given this dining room table. It has 8-12" leaves, which makes this table when extended a nice big table. I just finished painting and making my own lined curtains,and putting wainscoting up. The carpet is going going gone, but need help on what to do with the table and chairs,there are 8 of them, chairs I mean. Want to do Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the table,maybe gel stain for the top, what would be a good complimentary color for the ASCP and my decor?
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The table and chairs
q dining room dilemma, paint colors, 8 of these chairs
8 of these chairs
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How the colours are in the room.
  22 answers
  • Amy Mohd Amy Mohd on Sep 14, 2015
    What do you do when you don t have a hall closet on the main floor ? What are my options :)? Help:/
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    First you need to decide whats going in place of the carpet. The table and chairs are dark. Do you plan on brightening the room?
  • Delanie Delanie on Sep 14, 2015
    From the look of your wall color and curtains, you might want to use a grey chalk paint, which is gorgeous, on your chairs and maybe paint the base of your table an off-white/ivory type color. If you wanted, you could make chair cushions to coordinate with your curtains. They look sort of toile....maybe a cute check or stripe with the yellow, which would also look gorgeous with the gray chairs and your beautiful wall color. Love the curtains! You did a nice job!
    • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
      I have never used chalk paint, what grey do you think? I see recipes on web sites to make your own. Don't know if I am that adventuresome.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
    Gunstock oak flooring.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
    The wainscoting is cream. The trim is white. The upper half is gray and two huge windows, oak flooring.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
    I was thinking ASCP old white for lower half of table. Gel stain for the top. Chairs, I am stumped.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
    Thank you! Good ideas!
  • Liz Liz on Sep 14, 2015
    What grey do you think and off white?
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Sep 14, 2015
    I'd go dark gel stained top with white or cream for the bottom of the table and the chairs. Would look gorgeous!
  • Cori Warner Cori Warner on Sep 14, 2015
    Rustoleum makes a beautiful, easy to use dark stain that would be gorgeous. You can see the color here: http://www.theflyingc.net/2014/04/22/try-new-finishing-products/
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Sep 14, 2015
    For better wear on the chairs you might want to think about latex paint, I love chalk paint and have plans to do my table but am thinking about latex paint for my chairs.
  • Delanie Delanie on Sep 14, 2015
    I like Annie Sloan Grey Linen. I have never made my own chalk paint, but I want to try it. Good luck with your dining room project. Post pictures when you are finished! Can't wait to see it!
  • Kathy Meador Wells Kathy Meador Wells on Sep 15, 2015
    I agree with Lisa House on the chairs. On the whole painting versus paint. Here is what I would do. Stain the table top darker and the chairs seats the same. I am sorry to disagree with the chalk paint on these items. I would paint them with latex simply for wear and tear. Also I think you would be preserving the set better. Color wise for paint I would match it to the wainscoting.
    • Liz Liz on Sep 15, 2015
      Sounds like a good idea. Any insight on what brand of paint? I have paint left over from the wainscoting, I could use that,maybe?
  • Heathernskinner Heathernskinner on Sep 15, 2015
    I would leave the table top and chair seats stained and paint the legs of the table and the rest of the chairs to match the chair rail and maybe do a glaze over them. My husband just custom built out farmhouse table, 6 chairs and 2 barstools and I used min wax gel stain in the table top and chair seats and 3 coats of satin poly for better wear.
  • Billie Billie on Sep 15, 2015
    Would love to see what you do with these as we have a table and chairs that are almost identical. I've been afraid to start on them.
  • Kathy Meador Wells Kathy Meador Wells on Sep 15, 2015
    Make sure you sand a little and use primer first. Your paint you have should be fine. If the paint does not give you the sheen you want you can use a wood wax or varnish. Wax would be better and much easier
  • Cynthia Nolen Cynthia Nolen on Sep 16, 2015
    Have you checked the marking on the bottom of the chair seats? If I'm not mistaken these are vintage Ethan Allen.
  • Carolyn V Carolyn V on Sep 16, 2015
    this is a nice new look; that is becoming appealing; especially, with your wood bottom walls
  • Dianne Dianne on Sep 17, 2015
    Liz,the chalk paint will hold up on your chairs, use the proper sealer. I'm afraid you could end up with different colors and not be happy. I have painted fabric chair bottom and used the Annie Sloan wax and it wares fine. I think for this important project I would use Annie Sloan and then make your own for another project. If you google painting chalk paint on chairs you will find many blogs of people who have done this and also see colors.
  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Sep 18, 2015
    You sure you want to chalk paint/ I absolutley love the wood grain. Carolyn Vs ^ idea is great. Maybe sand it down & use 2 tones of stain. I think you'll love the contrast. I just redid my dining room. Below. Painted off white.
  • Em Hooper Em Hooper on Sep 21, 2015
    Those chairs are classic MCM colonial revival. If you want to paint chairs, why not sell these beauties to someone who will appreciate and love them and buy others to paint? Or paint the table in whatever color you like and keep the chairs as they are. I do like the blue on your wall and the wainscoting goes well with the chairs. That mirror on the floor is a great looking piece and i hope you can fit it in. I have 8 dining room chairs and use one at a desk and another in a bedroom, which makes the dining room less crowded. I can see the table with a shorter runner (quilted would be nice) and a colonial crock or bowl as the centerpiece. Wish i could help with the color question, but i so love wood that my brain won't co-operate in imagining a color!!!! White would be too much contrast with the natural chairs and maybe the wainscoting, too, but maybe a bluish grey? which would go with the walls. Seat cushions in the same fabric as the curtains would be nice. Oh, how i miss New England!!!! Thanks for sharing your delightful dining room.
  • Lori Lori on Sep 22, 2015
    The chairs are pretty and also take stinkin' forever to paint! I think I might keep them as is, leave table base as is and paint tabletop either AS Duck Egg Blue or Old White and finish with AS dark wax. Duck Egg is my personal favorite but may not be the best match--hard to tell without seeing the real curtain color and wall color. I've left my big oak table with its medium oak stain and chairs are black (AS Graphite) distressed.
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