Asked on Aug 23, 2018

How can I refinish my tall dining room set to look mid-century?

by Mou4636434

Tall square table with 4 tall chairs. Black padding on chairs is kind of torn up. The rest of our furniture is a dark walnut color.

  4 answers
  • TaKenya Hampton TaKenya Hampton on Aug 23, 2018

    Without seeing it, I would say chalk paint with an antiquing wax could make this look like you want.

    • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Aug 23, 2018

      Either that or a homemade Salt Paint mixed with Epsom salts.

      Mainly, she needs to contrast the darker walnut paint with a lighter tone, otherwise she is stuck going all walnut, which by the sense I am getting, she does not want more walnut, but less. And likely feels that, 'if she experiments on a piece she does not care about, she can mix and match the styles to reduce the walnut she is sick of seeing'.

  • Emily Emily on Aug 23, 2018

    Actually I was alive in the mid century and some styles now just don't translate to that time and same use. There may have been bar room seats that were high, but not in private homes. You could not put barn doors or open concept in mid century homes if you wanted to be true to that time frame.

  • Lja23984216 Lja23984216 on Aug 23, 2018

    When I think of mid-century I see slender legs and rounded seats and backs. Simple and basic. Recovering the seats is a simple process. Remove the current covers by pulling out the staples or nails. Save the old covers as a pattern. If new batting is needed, replace it by cutting it to fit (using old as a pattern) and placing it on the seat. Cut and staple new material to the seats. Use a fabric coordinated to your decor and to your liking.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 12, 2022

    Definitely, start with those cushions. Are you able to recover them?