So.. I have a confession to make. Way back in March I refinished my old tile table (and gave my dining area a makeover as well, stay tuned for a post tomorrow) yes, you heard me, MARCH. In case the snow, and lights, and stores and decor haven’t clued you in it is now December. I guess that makes me like, the worst blogger ever? The weird thing about it is that I love, love, LOVE how it turned out. For some reason I just kept procrastinating the actual writing up of the post, but friends, the long awaited day has finally arrived.
Six years ago when Bryce and I got married, we were moving into an unfurnished place and had literally nothing and barely any money. We particularly didn’t have money to spend on things like, you know, furniture. We were so blessed at that time by our generous friends and family members hand me downs. Truth be told, we still use several of them to this day! Anyway, at that time, my Grammy and Grandpy gave us this dining table and chairs. I’m not sure how old they were, but they were in great condition. It is a really solid, well built table and I liked the shape and the fact that it could be a small corner table or a bigger oval with the leaf in. BUT. I was not crazy about the forest green tile/oak wood combo. Beggars can’t be choosers though, and it was honestly way nicer than any of our other options so we gratefully accepted it and ate, played and puzzled on it for five happy years. (See, THINGS don’t make you happy, they are nice, but they aren’t everything).
Anywho, I anxiously awaited the day when we could afford to buy a new dining table. As I started to shop around I realized how expensive our set was going to be to replace, even if I didn’t get my first, second or third choices ;). I obviously have heard of refinishing furniture, but for some reason the tile always scared me off for some reason. Until one fateful morning when I just woke up and decided, “I’m doing this thang.”
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Of course the first thing I did was google it, and shockingly I turned up with little to no helpful information, so I decided to wing it because, “what have I got to lose?” I figure if it turned out a nightmare, it would just speed up my buying process, and if it turned out awesome, I saved us big bucks! I am sooo happy with how it turned out, and it has given me confidence to try more furniture related DIY’s.
So. I think you might die when you realize how easy this is. Before we start, here are a couple of lovely before pictures for your viewing pleasure.
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