With so much time and so little to do. This week we have focused on renovating our dining room on a budget. We have used things we either had already, or made ourselves, or bought on Amazon. We are so excited to share the finished look with you.
The biggest item in the living room is our dining room set. It’s a rather large table ( the ones where you can extend with a middle piece insert). So we decided to go with a bold move of painting it! Yes, you heard right. We have changed it from a rather dark brown (it’s served us well over the years) to an antique white.
We used Rustoleum chalk paint to get the desired look.
Let’s start from the beginning. This is what the table and chairs looked like.
So, of course, we started off by giving each piece a proper clean with a little warm water and some washing-up liquid to get rid of any dust and dirt.
We made sure to cover the floor with an old shower curtain as a drop cloth to prevent the floor from being messed up.
The girls did the legs of the table to save our backs.
We also made use of the sunny weather and getting our fix of vitamin D by taking the chairs outside and applying a light coat of the Rustoleum chalk paint. That way, drying time was really quick, about 30 minutes.
It took about 3 coats of the paint and each coat gave more fuller coverage than the one before. For the narrower areas that are harder to get into, we used a small angular sponge.
What I like especially about using chalk paint is that we didn’t have to do any sanding. For one, we don’t yet have a sander, and also we thought it would be too much work using sandpaper on a large table and six chairs.
After the painting was done, we used Rustoleum clear wax to seal and protect the pieces. We just used an old T-shirt for this job, and also for buffing the pieces to a lovely shine.
The finished quality of the tables and chairs is good, considering we did it ourselves and saved some money in the process.
Styling the dining room
We gave the sideboard a bit of a fresh look with some cheesecloth leaves we bought online. They cost just over £1 on Amazon. A glass pitcher we spray painted and filled with some faux roses, also complete the look.
Have a look on Instagram and tell us what you think.
I think our next project is DIY wall art for the area. I have some faux velvet fabric which I might use to make a table runner and some placemats.
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More time, more DIY! Swipe to see the before and after of our dining table and chairs. It waa a big family project that we have wanted to do for ages. Finally done in antique white. Looks much brighter now and we love it! Now to get to dressing the space! What job have you done since lock down that you have been putting off? #diy #decorating #family #diningroom #roomdecor #roommakeover #joleisacreed #joleisatwins #lockdown