I’ve had my dining room table for many years, and its been screaming at me to sand and change it up for a long time. I’ve ignored it for as long as I could but eventually the fact that it didn’t blend in with my new dining room chairs and side board was doing my head in.
I might well have been less game to get at it had I know how physically challenging it was! But as with anything, once the hard work was done I was super chuffed I had done it.
I have a mixture of woods throughout my house, but the dining room table was not gelling. So I decided to sand the table top down to its natural state and I’m afraid I decided that the legs, being that they are rounded and bevelled would be better off (also read as easier) painted the same colour as my walls, River Falls from Ace.
The table is solid wood and super heavy, removing the varnish gave me a run for my money!
You see how the mix of the woods is not working out, at all! The chairs were not yet upholstered so I sent those off to get upholstered and on with the table I got!
Here’s what you will need for a project like this. Oh, and I suppose I should mention, a whole lot of energy and determination, there were a few ‘what was I thinking moments there’. And to bump this up a notch it was about 45 degrees outside, commitment I tell you. I guess you never know how hard or easy removing paint or varnish will be until you try!
For those of you that DIY in Dubai you will have come to the realisation that our resources are sometimes limited here compared to whats available elsewhere, which can be frustrating, I’m an ACE fan and get all my supplies from them.
I was really happy with the wood underneath all that varnish.
I must admit I was a little reticent about painting the legs, and went back and forth about what do to. But I settled on the paint in the end and after a coat of primer the paint looks great.
I am totally satisfied with my efforts.
Its always amazing me how something relatively small as this can make a huge difference in a room. Happy DIY’ing
My Table DIY linked to That DIY Party , Under the Table and Dreaming , Thrifty Decor Chick ,Savvy Southern Style , 504 Main and Remodelaholic and Live Love Create
Wow, what an inspiration, it’s beautiful!!!!
Thanks so much Natalie! I hope it does inspire!
This is GORGEOUS! way to go! After you sanded the top did you do anything else to it, like a sealing layer or anything? http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/
Hi Angela, firstly thank you! And yes, I did seal the table. I only got to it a few days after the sanding and it had already had a few marks on it. It definitely needs to be sealed. I used a matt varnish and applied 2 coats, allowing the vanish to dry in between. Jacqui
It is so lovely!
Thanks Noreen, I’m glad you like it!
Not only is the table an awesome transformation, but I’m in love with the whole room! Great job and thanks for sharing!
P.S. I found your blog on ‘DIY Showoff – That DIY Party’.
Thank you so much Lisa, I appreciate that!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I want that whole dining room!
Thank you Jenna!Some updates coming soon so do check back!
This is a gorgeous space! Love your style.
Thank you Stephanie! I appreciate that!
HOLY KAMOLY! So gorgeous!! So obsessed, it’s perfect! I’m in all sorts of love with your home!
So nice of you Kylie! Thank you!
Great job on paint color of the table and how it goes with the rest of the room. Beautiful.
It blends well, I agree! Thanks Anne
That whole room looks fabulous! High-five!
That’s nice of you Paige, thanks!
I love it! I especially love your chairs. What is the fabric called?
Hi kayla, thank you. The fabric is Renaldi.
You have a gorgeous dining room and your table came out fantastic! Love the natural look of the wood!
Following you on bloglovin’
Have a great week!
Angela @ Number Fifty-Three
Hi Angela, I’m so glad you found my blog and that you will be coming back for more! I so appreciate that! Jacqui
Wow, what a huge difference that change makes! It looks like a brand new table. And I love the painted legs too.
I agree Nicki! Amazing how much of an improvement it is!
Totally gorgeous! I’m officially obsessed!!
Amanda @ A Mother’s Craftuition
Thank you Amanda 🙂
Nice job! I looks great. Did you use any kind of sealer on the table top?
Thank you Karen, I put 2 coats of clear varnish.
You’ve done such a beautiful job with this space! I love how you finished the table and the chairs are gorgeous:)
Appreciate that Ginnie, thanks ! Jacqui
Your table is beautiful! Very nice job. Visiting from Thrifty Decor chick where you were featured.
Thank you so much Tammy!
I love everything about this table. This is just to die for and those chairs really pull the whole look together. I’m pinning this now for later!
Thank you for stopping by and for you lovely comment Ashley! Jacqui
WOW!! What a gorgeous transformation, Jacqui!!!! Your styling is spot on, as well! All very inspiring!
Thank you for your kind comment Pam. I so appreciate it! Jacqui
[…] style….I got lost in her blog just looking at pictures of her home. Gorgeous! Check out this dining room…. We’ve got the full tutorial for the Nelson Bench from Becki and Chris […]
[…] another gorgeous table – Jacqui sanded down the top of her old one to work with her new chairs and it all came together so […]