Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dining Room DIY

My husband and I bought our home over a year ago, and it finally feels like we are putting our stamp on it. We have recently been watching a lot of HGTV and getting inspired by the 'Do It Yourself' shows.  We had recently been discussing getting a new dining room set (our current set included my husbands old poker table with an MDF cutout on top) and the cost was ridiculous.  

Enter: Craigslist.  I heart Craigslist.  

We bought this table:

And my husband turned it into this:

Absolutely beautiful.  

We also bought six solid oak dining chairs:

And together with my husband (he, the painter, me, the upholster-er) we turned them into this:


What a difference it made in our dining room.

Because I'm so excited about how much money we saved compared to buying a set brand new, I'm going to tell you how much this stunning ensemble set us back:

Solid Oak Dining Table with leaf (Craigslist): $45

6 Solid Oak Dining Chairs (Craigslist): $100

Upholstery Fabric: $120

Labour: Free

Total: $265

I cannot describe the joy this brings me.  The savings, coupled with the way it turned out .  .  . love.


  1. YAY! I love it!! So happy to have a new blog to read... and I LOVE this so far. Beautiful table, I can't wait to see what you've got in store!

  2. Thanks Vanessa! I'm excited too!

  3. Wow! These look great! What a great deal for such a fabulous set.

  4. Thanks Amanda! I thought you would enjoy this post.

  5. I'm thoroughly impressed! Don't need that old tablecloth anymore!

  6. WOW!!!!! Talented painter, fabric chickee and shoppers!! Love the wall and the dining set. What kind of paint process did the oak need?? I saw your post on Gigi Berg's blog. I toured with New Creation Ministries / Break Forth the same year that Myron did. Something / someone to pray for!



  7. Thanks Dianne!

    My husband sanded down the table and chairs to remove the old varnish, attempted to fix any imperfections and then primed them and used an oil based paint. He did about three coats and then topped it off with a heavy duty lacquer.

    Thanks for stopping by, hope you continue to come back!


  8. Fantastic! I love how you used a different pattern for the captain's chairs but stayed in the same color vein, great choice!

  9. I LOOOOOVE the chairs! And your dining room is really pretty. I too like the different fabric choices, makes it really stand out. Nice job.

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