This weekend, with $30, we made over a family heirloom!
When we thought about selling our house, we got rid of different pieces of furniture that needed replacement or had no room in our new home. The one thing I could not let go of, however, was our dining room table and buffet. The table was once my grandparents’, and they gave it to my parents when they were married. My Mom passed it down to Dave and me when we got married.
I love the set- it reminds me of childhood, but it’s been in need of some updates and love, and with some simple touches, we are well on our way! Our plans are to refinish it, replace the legs with some simpler ones and replace the chairs with white ones (that aren’t breaking due to dry wood)… but baby steps are the only way it is all going to get done.
Our dining room is going to have a nautical feel, with navy and white walls and dark and white wood with glass accents. Currently, we are waiting to take down some kitchen cabinets to open up the room, so we haven’t painted, the shelving is a light wood and the table is stripped on the top. Our plans are to paint the shelving unit white, strip the top of the buffet (china cabinet) and paint it white, replace the table legs and paint them white, refinish the top of the table a dark stain to match the buffet, and buy new white chairs with dark legs (like THESE from Ikea).
Obviously, it’s going to be a long time coming to get all of this done, but this is how we’ve started! Since we spend every weekend buying one thing or another from Lowe’s, I’m sure this will be done before 2017… right Dave?
It was super easy to remove the old knobs and handles (just unscrew!), measure how far apart the original holes are, find new hardware you like and replace! We did end up needing to drill 4 new holes for one of the replacement handles because they were an awkward space apart (less than 2 inches) and there was nothing in that size. For a relatively little money and 30 minutes of time (including the drilling and polishing of the front), our dining room is already coming into this century, with a little bit of homage to the past!
So, I guess this is perfect for this weeks’ #52weeksA4A post about hobbies! One of my favorites is DIY projects! What is a hobby you love? What do you think of our first dining room make-over?