I swear, this dining room WILL get finished if it kills me.
I’ve pledged to finish the dining room before starting any other huge projects around these here parts.
And I’m working my badunkadunk off trying to prove I can actually follow through with a project, start to finish.
After months of obsessing about my undying love for the Thomas Paul aviary fabric, I finally put my money where my mouth is and ordered two large samples of it.
Ordered at Calico Corners
Oh, aviary fabric, how I love thee! I did not know it was possible to love a fabric any more than I already did, but in person, ohemgeee, you are ah-mazing.
I was already 99.9% sure I wanted the tangerine one, but I ordered the blue as well simply because it’s just so beautiful. But just to prove to myself that I made the right choice with the orange, I hung them both up with box tape to get a visual of how they are going to look when I take the plunge and order all 6 yards of it.
Oh, orange aviary! Just seeing it hanging there against the gray walls and white moulding gives me heart palpitations. I love it so much I can hardly even stand it. It literally takes my breath away. Swoon.
I’m holding off on buying the fabric and hanging the curtains until I am done with the table though. I would just simply DIE if I accidentally got paint or something on the fabric that is going to cost more than $120. Yes, $120. This fabric ain’t cheap.
I’m going to go totally cheap-o for the rest of my whole house at $20 for a set of two curtain panels from IKEA , but I just have to splurge on this fabric for the dining room. It is literally a life-or-death situation here. That is how much I need this fabric.
So, that is the huge update on the curtain front. As for the table… major progress is being made, and I couldn’t be more giddy about it.
For starters, I took the upholstery off one of the chairs so I can see the innards of it and how it is assembled.
This is how I work. I take things apart, see how they are built, and then assemble a plan from there.
Oh-em-geeee, this chair had more nails and staples in it than actual wood. Taking all the nails and staples out of TEN chairs is going to send me to the loony bin for sure.
I guess I already knew, but it hadn’t really dawned on me that the innards of these dining chairs involve springs. Springs. In all ten chairs. And they are s-h-o-t.
Have I ever in the history of my whole life (on this blog at least) mentioned that I don’t do springs?
Like, as in, they scare me. They terrify me. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL SPRING-UPHOLSTERY-REFINISHER-PERSON.
So, in other words, THE SPRINGS HAVE GOT TO GO. Without
much of a any plan, I cut out the springs and stripped the chair down naked.
So now I’m left with this chair that makes a better toilet than a chair. On a side note, this chair weighs about half what it did before I pulled all the crap off it. HALF!
I have thought about this chair situation for a good week or more now and finally have come to the conclusion that I DON’T DO SPRINGS.
So I concocted a plan. If this plan will actually work is still up for debate, but srsly, I am 100% confident I can pull this off in the end.
The plan involves making a wooden seat to fit in the chair. From there I’ll add new foam and padding, and then assemble the upholstery the same way it was attached before.
The best way to cut 10 new wooden seat bottoms for these chairs is with a template, so I went to work cutting one out of foam board.
The plan is to just trace this template 10 times onto some wood, then cut it out with the jig saw. We shall see. I think the hardest part of this project will be removing all 10 billion nails and staples from all 10 chairs. And choosing fabric. I seem to be plagued with fear over that.
See how nicely my template fits into the chair?
That’s all I’ve done so far with the chairs. One down, 9 to go. 🙂
And finally, the table.
I am planning on painting the table, but I had to strip the top of it anyway due to the 50 year old poly bubbling up and flaking off.
The whole top was damaged like this, so I figured the easiest way to tackle it was to just strip the finish off and start from scratch. Good times, lemme tell ya.
I started with this stripper; Citristrip. It was a little more than some other strippers (this one was about $12), but it said it was okay to use indoors. The table is mundo-huge, so I’m refinishing the entire thing in the dining room itself. I needed a stripper that would be okay inside.
It was surprisingly easy to use, though it was really gross and messy. I just painted globs of the Citristrip all over the top of the table and left it there for about an hour.
After an hour it resembled dead skin off the heel of your foot. I know, disgusting, right?
I scraped all of it off with a plastic scraper. Again, pretty easy and I didn’t even need much elbow grease either. This poly on the table was tough though. I had to do two full cycles of the Citristrip to get all the top coat off.
Once I was finally done I cleaned the table really well with some cleaner. I am blown away with how good the top looks now. The poly that was on it apparently had yellowed. I thought the table was stained yellowish, but it was really the gross top coat. Now the table looks so good.
So now I’m at a cross-roads. I was planning on painting the top. I still probably will. But when I stripped the top coat, I am now left with this really nice wood pattern on top. I have thought about staining it instead, but there are still several spots on the table that are chipped or ruined that will need to be filled with wood filler, so I don’t think staining will work anyway.
Before removing the poly:
After removing the poly:
And that my friends is what I’ve been doing the past week. That and pinterest. That site is addictive. Like crack. Fo’ shizzle.
I use to waste all my time watching the boob tube. Now I waste it stripping and pinning. 😉
(Can you even imagine how Google will take this post? What with all the stripping and boob tube mentions? Yikes.)
Please assure me that a black table and chairs with some type of light upholstery will look great. Why is choosing a paint color so hard for me?