We bought our dining room table nine years ago, when we moved into our last house. I was big into the provincial look and loved the curves of the table from Pottery Barn. I was young and not quite thinking through my decisions, so of course we bought the matching chairs. ;-) I'm hear to tell you that this table was not meant to be used on a daily basis. I think it was better suited for a family that uses their dining room three times a year. That's not us.
So what do you do when have no plans to buy a new table, but will poke your eyes out if you have to look at said table for one more minute? You paint.
I used Rust-oleum protective enamel paint in white. The finish is strong and durable! I used two coats of oil-based Kilz primer, then did two to three coats of paint. Some of you may think I'm crazy for painting wood. Or crazy for painting furniture from Pottery Barn. But I am a firm believer that you should love your home, and change whatever isn't working for you. The top of the table was so damaged and scratched that it could only get better.
Let's take a photo tour.
Here is the dining room the day we moved in. I have since moved that painting to our fireplace, painted the buffet, changed the light, and changed the wall color. And if you're really keeping up, you can see the dark beige walls that go down the hallway. Now those walls are striped.
This is after the walls were changed. You can see how dark the table looks.
Now, the table and my grandmother's buffet both have a glossy coat of white. I'm finally happy and not embarrassed to have people eat at our table. Those of you afraid of white: fear not. This table actually looks cleaner more often than our wood table. Truly.
Can you see the difference from changing the beige to stripes in the hallway?
My next step is to possibly add one of these wing back chairs to each end of our table. We'll see. Our house is always evolving! We've been here nearly two years and it's still not 'done'. Thankfully I love creating a home collected over time.
Does this inspire you to make a change you've been afraid to try? What do you think of the white? Have a great weekend!
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