The past couple weeks I've been in project mode. I'm making lists and for the most part things are being crossed off as completed. There is still a long ways to go before I will feel as though I'm actually being productive. But I'm trying, and that is a step in the right direction.
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Saturday was spent cleaning in the basement.....also known as the place where everything without a home goes to live. Is this how you'd describe your's if you have one?
Back in the early days of my blog, I had mentioned that one of my upcoming projects was going to be repainting an antique table and chair set that had belonged to my grandma. This is the only before picture that I have.....
It had long ago been given to her by someone who wanted to buy a new table and saw use at many family dinners.....long before my time. Then someone else wanted to get rid of their dining set, so my grandma told my mom that she could have this one. We started working on striping the stain from the flat table top right away, but lost interest when we got to the turned legs. It sat in the basement for many, many years.
Then came my blog and the popularity of painted furniture. Since the top was already stripped for the most part, I decided that I'd paint the base and the chairs and stain the tabletop. Everything had been refinished before, so I wasn't damaging a priceless, untouched antique.
Two chairs got painted with my DIY chalk paint, and then once again I seemed to loose interest. And so everything continued to sit.
Fast forward to last fall when I was invited to participate in a fall tablescape blog hop. This was the perfect reason to finally get the set done so that I could show it off with a beautiful tablescape. I worked like crazy to get everything painted and distressed. The wood of the tabletop ended up being so lovely that it just got many coats of polyurethane rather than stain.
Time was running short to get my pictures done, so I used the table and chairs without waxing them. And my mom had bought fabric to cover the seats, but there was no time to get them covered...and to be quite honest, there is something I like about the bare wood seat.
After getting my post done, I got the table legs waxed but wasn't in any hurry to do the chairs. Once again I had lost interest because I didn't NEED them to be done anymore and there was no point in hurrying to wax them until my mom was ready to cover the seats. So they were taken back to the basement and we've been using the basic dining chairs that went to our old table ever since. (These ones did make an appearance during my Christmas home tour, because no one needed to see chairs that didn't match the table for that.)
I'm proud to say that this weekend, I finally finished distressing the chairs and waxed them. And it took all of about an hour to do the four of them. When my mom gets a chance, she'll cover the seats in padding and the gray fabric. But until then there isn't anything wrong with sitting on the bare wood seat.
All in all, this is a project probably 20 years in the making.....but it is finally done.....sort of. There is still another chair to paint. (There were six but according to my mom, my dad broke one....again, long before me.)
And there is another leaf to the table that needs totally stripped and sealed in the same coats of polyurethane. But I'm trying to look at the positive here that the table is now totally usable and nothing has to return to the basement.
It really is a lovely table with chunky legs that have wood wheels on the bottom.
And the trim around the bottom of the tabletop is thick and beautiful.
I love that it is finally finished and can be fully enjoyed. And it is such a relief to finally have it crossed off of my to-do list!
I'd love to know....Do you have any projects that have been hanging around for too long?
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