Monday, June 3, 2013

Dining Table Makeover Part 1


For months I've been wanting to start working on some projects around the house and I finally dived back in. I am constantly changing my mind on things but I like to start giving a few things around my house a makeover at least once a year. I decided to start with my dining room table. Two years ago I decided I wanted to try the shabby chic look and I painted my rustic table white. Everyone was so mad at me because they always complement me on the table but I figured it was paint and I could always restore it back. 



 I remember eyeing it on craigslist for a few months. It was being sold by a interior designer who lived in Los Angeles and was moving out of state. My brother lives nearby there so I knew he could pick it up for me since I'm in San Diego. It was love at first sight and I really had my heart set on it, especially because it came with the four chairs you see in the picture which I really wanted. Unfortunately it was listed at $400 which was way more than I could pay. 

I knew to keep an eye on it because if she had to sell it last minute she would probably slash the price. Well it was worth the wait because she ended up slashing the price to $125 for the table and chairs two days before she was ready to move. Once I heard back from her and setup a pickup time, I quickly listed my ikea dining table and sold it for $150. So I pretty much traded in my ikea table for a designer table and still had some change in my pocket. I was ecstatic!

I have started stripping the paint off the table with Citrustrip which is a non toxic paint stripper that I found at Home Depot. I use this one on all my projects that need paint stripped. It smells good and I love that it's non-toxic since sometimes I have to work with it indoors.  




I always forget how time consuming paint stripping is but it actually relaxes me when I get to work on my projects. It has already taken me a few days and I got a little tired on this one. My son was nice enough to take over for a bit. I normally would use something on the bottom so my floors don't get messy but since we are going to renew the wood floors I figured I would just leave it that way. This ensures that we get it done sooner than later since it looks horrible. 


I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures and reading the back story on my table. Stay tuned for the reveal of the finished dining room table, Coming Soon!. Can't wait to show you all. This makeover has inspired me to makeover the entire dining room since it looks like my idea for the table might not match the rest of the dining room. I'm excited to get started and see what I come up with. Also, make sure to follow my blog because there is a big giveaway next month that has to do with the kitchen. It's going to be HUGE! Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day! 




signature

22 comments:

  1. Looks like it's coming along.

    http://pinkowl07.blogspot.com/2013/06/challenge-for-bloggers.html come link up with this blog challenge I made. Would love to see you come link up 20 easy questions.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Stopping by from Make it yourself Monday. It's my first time visiting your blog :). I clicked on this because I just became a first time home owner and am going to be stripping some things myself. I was looking for a natural stripper. I have to ask-does this stuff work well? Is it fairly easy to get the paint off with it? I know some natural things don't work as well, but I don't like strong odors of other strippers. Redoing stuff is such fun (but time consuming huh?) isn't it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Rebekah! I think it works really well but to be honest this table has been the hardest. I think it's because the style is rustic and there are a lot of openings on the table and it's been harder to come off. I have used it on my kitchen cabinets and other furniture and it peels right off but I really believe it has to do with the piece of furniture. I had to stop using the toxic because the smell really gets to me also and I honestly think this one works better anyways but you definitely have to follow the directions. Hope this helps.

      Delete
  3. Everyone always has an opinion, do what you like,and it will be great. Looks like a lot of work, hope the stripper works well for you. Can't wait to see what you do. Love the name of your blog.
    Jeannie

    ReplyDelete
  4. i'm a new follower from the grab a friend blog hop. i'm really happy that i found you, your blog looks very interesting :)

    nice to meet you!
    fashion-hermite.blogspot.ca

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice to meet you to Marie! I'm heading over to your blog to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  5. gorgeous blog! my hubby and i pulled up tile in our dining room last year. there was beautiful hardwood under it! we scraped and scraped and scraped at that glue. (it took over a month) i feel your pain! http://silasandmiri.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Britt! Oh that sounds like it was a tough job but I bet you guys made the floor look great! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  6. it will be nice when it's all done....are you going back to wood?
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oo I have table envy! Amazing find! Thanks for linking up over at Joyful Life for the mom-lovin blog hop! Following on Bloglovin! :) look forward to future posts!
    Hannah
    www.hannahsjoyfullife.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. "This ensures that we get it done sooner than later since it looks horrible." You sound like me! Cannot wait to get home so I can start my pain stripping projects again.

    Thanks for joining the Mom-Lovin Blog Hop! Excited I found your blog though it!
    XOXO/Lena
    http://www.rootandblossom.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow ... I bet the finished product turned out beautiful.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    ¤´¨)
    ¸.•*´
    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a great post! I'm getting ready to refinish my dining room table, too. It's not painted so it shouldn't be so hard. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
    I'm visiting today from The Owl's Skull. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tues-Sat for Brag About It Link Up Party

    ReplyDelete
  11. A really good project to take on. I cant wait to see the finished table now. Joining in from linky a Owls Skull.
    Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. You can do it:)!! Looks great so far, and it will be worth it:)! Thanks for linking up @ The Owl's Skull today! J

    ReplyDelete
  13. This turned out beautifully! I need to do something about my dining room table, too. Putting it off, of course. Take care, Linda

    ReplyDelete
  14. Looks awesome so far!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. There are the paint people and the untouched wood people. I'm in your corner. And I love the back story. I found you on the Owl's Skull Wonderland Hop. Come visit me at Blue Plate Sundays (blueplatesundays.blogspot.com)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I think half of your work has already done and and hope it will be completed soon.

    ReplyDelete
  17. WOW! Awesome deal for that table! Thanks for partying with us at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    ReplyDelete
  18. Awesome! I can't wait to see more! :)

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Blogging tips