A few years back my Mum kindly swapped her dining room table with us. Meaning that we then owned a large country cottage wooden table which perfectly suited our 1900 cottage.
We picked up some chairs from a second hand shop and gave them some TLC with some new covers.
But since the house move over 6 months ago (to a new-build) I have felt as though our older style dining suite no longer suited our modern home. I therefore wanted something a little more contemporary, in keeping with the style of the house.
So we painted it grey – using Homebase chalk paint – a tin of Rust-oleum (in Anthracite). The same grey colour that we used to paint the living room furniture a few months ago.
The dining table needed two coats of the paint and it covered well. Then yesterday I varnished the top because every time I wiped the table with a wet cloth paint came off! I gave it two generous coats and it was dry by this morning.
I can now wipe the top from spills and it nicely protects the paintwork.
I sold the old chairs through eBay and we bought some new contemporary style ones from IKEA. I wanted modern white chairs that were also practical too. These ones are amazing – as they wipe clean (aka kid-friendly), are super modern and yet were only £35 each!
I am delighted with the makeover and we have saved a lot of money by up-cycling the table and adding new chairs, rather than buying a brand new set.
Our kitchen-diner in our new family home has plenty of space for the table and six chairs. Which means that we can sit around the table and all have our dinner together as a family. Plus the twins sit at the table too, and draw and paint, whilst I prepare food and I can chat to them and watch them safely.
It is such a key piece of furniture for our family home.
Love, Jess x