BHG Dining Room Table Review (it’s not great)

Okay, so let's talk about this table. I'm not going to beat around the bush here, the table is from Wal-Mart. Yes, Wal-Mart. I know, I can't believe it either. It does have one redeeming quality though - it's a Better Homes and Gardens brand, called Providence, which makes it a tiny bit more legit I suppose. I originally bought this table for the kitchen but it was too big (should have measured!) so it became the dining table by default. We needed furniture for the entire house and had only a couple days to buy it all. We headed to IKEA for almost everything, but I didn't want … [Read more...]

The multi-purpose dining room

The dining room has been a thorn in my side since we moved in. I knew moving into the house that I had no real idea for the actual use of this room. I'm grateful to have the additional space, but it's been difficult to nail down an actual purpose for it. All I knew going in is that the piano has to be in this room. There is literally no other spot for it in the house. Because we downsized into a smaller home we also ended up with too much stuff and not enough space, so the dining room became the catch-all: In october I went on a decrapification spree and got rid of a ton of stuff. I was … [Read more...]

The dining table {finally} has functional chairs

Don't you hate it when bloggers start a project, and then never seem to finish it? You're left wondering what ever happened to it, and hoping for an update. Ya, me too. It's so annoying waiting months and months and still never get any updates. What I hate most is that I am guilty of this. I'm a terrible blogger! I get excited about a project, start blogging about it, then lose interest in actually finishing the project. Months go by before the project is updated. I am sorry that I have been one of those really annoying bloggers that takes months to finish a project. I am even … [Read more...]

How Now Orange Cow {dining room painting}

It's been awhile since I updated you on any dining room progress, so I figure it high time we revisit this little purple people eater, er, I mean, this little purple room. When we moved in a little over two years ago, the room looked like this (otherwise known as the Barney Massacare room): If you are new(er) here, you probably are more familier with this version of the room: Now that we've got the pleasantries out of the way, let's talk barn animals. Or rather, huge orange cows, and how they fit in with this dining room with the bird curtains. Back in August I instagram'd … [Read more...]

How to upholster a dining chair, Phase 1: removing old upholstery

Do you want to upholster something and just don't know where to start? Here's the first tutorial in a step-by-step series on upholstering wooden dining chairs. Today I'm finally going to tackle phase 1 of my dining chairs upholstery project! Yippie!! I've got a long way to go before I can check the finished chairs off my to-do list, but at least I can say that every chair has been stripped to it's birthday suit and is ready for a makeover. Removing the old upholstery on these chairs was quite the project. In fact, it was such an ordeal that I wished on multiple occasions that I had … [Read more...]

It’s finished! The dining table is really for real D-O-N-E.

I am so not joking, my friends. I am DONE with the dining table. ...aaaand a before pic to jog your memory: I bought this table over TWO months ago. Yes, it's taken me more than two months to strip and stain a table. I think I've just set a new Allison record for the slowest project I've ever done. Let's back up though... Last time I showed you the table I had just finished staining it. After that I had to add the Poly. I went with MinWax Polycrylic in a clear satin finish. It said to use a good bristled brush, but I used a throw away foam brush and it … [Read more...]

My blog has been quiet because I’ve been busy with this beast IRL

Last time I left you with a dining room update, I was about... oh... here: Basically, I went went temporarily insane and purchased a dining table off Craigslist thinking, "Oh, no biggie, I'll just refinish it." What was I thinking again? I was blinded by the price. Have you ever actually refinished furniture? I had, but only smaller items. A 10 chair dining table set?! YIKES. Okay, so last time I showed you how I stripped the top of the table: Well, after himming and hawing for weeks, and changing my mind about 1300 times, I FINALLY came up with a plan... I … [Read more...]