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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My up-cycled dining room table

Hi guys!  I am SO excited to show you what I have been working very hard on for the past few days----and although it might not be the most exciting post or the post that you are super inspired by, I adore my project like really really adore and so I have decided to bombard you with .5 million pictures of it. 

Now, meet my dining room table and chairs pre-refinishing. 

My mother-in-law sooo sweetly (like what are the chances/twist of fate) had this beautiful table outside for the past few years and was super excited to pass it along to me when she realized it was exactly what I was looking for or wishing for for my new dinning room.

She also happened to have 4 chairs for me (could a girl with a wish to refinish and up-cycle be anymore lucky?!?), I also had a couple extra from my "kitchen cafe" table so six wonderful chairs were ready to be refinished as well.



Can you hear me squealing through the computer?!?!  Because I am SOOOO in love with this dining room set I so painstakingly spent the weekend working on!!

The chairs got a few coats of Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint and then a clear coat for protection.  Then the chairs got some distressing from my hand sander---nothing in my house is allowed to not be distressed these days!

The table got sanded, and sanded and sanded....

Then I painted the sides with actual paint--same brand and color.

And the top got a clear coat of stain.  I tossed around doing a darker stain or a wax instead but I ended up liking the color of the wood once it was sanded I really didn't want to change its look, but more enhance it.

And all together I think it looks nice.

Then I had some fun adding meaningful numbers to the back of the chairs---I just loved the words I added to the chairs in my kitchen dining set makeover that I knew I wanted to do something like that again.

My dream machine (the silhouette) and I are getting along super well as of late---can you tell by all of the vinyl that keeps popping up in my projects?!?

The numbers are kind of fun right?!?

And here is a picture of my beloved dining room set through the mirror of my amazing buffet that my mother-in-law also passed along to us.

And since you are already getting the tour of my dinning room let me just finish up with a few little details

Okay did you really think you would make it out of my dining room without seeing a full on picture of the AMAZING?!?  When my mother-in-law asked if I (I mean we) would like it and if I could find a place for it in our house all I could say was really---really---REALLY!??!!

The view into the kitchen---I am loving my decor in vintage drawers right now!

And finally I have to showcase this old beauty that hubs and I found at an antique store this weekend.  I adore the window and the detail in the handle.  I can't decide if this is where the beauty will stay but for now I enjoy seeing it often in the room!

If it stays I am thinking of adding some vinyl----gaspp----I bet you never saw that coming right?!?
But wouldn't a cute little menu vinyl look cute?!?!?

Well what do you think?  Dinner at my place tonight?

What have you been up to this week?!?!  I would love to hear---I am working on putting together my follower feature for Friday and would love to include a few more projects!

Oh and I almost forgot---I am linking up to some of these wonderful parties---go check them out and be inspired!!!



Blogger Maggie Massey said...

Jaime!!! Love love love!!!! Oh girl...that table is so amazing! And you did a perfect job with it...I love that you decided to keep the top the way it is...looks wonderful! And I love that your chairs don't match...I can't say enough about how much I love the outcome! OH! And ask your MIL if she has more...for me...mmmmkay? ;)

June 1, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Bec@littlelucylu said...

That is TOTALLY FABULOUS. No joke.
I'm officially in awe. Love, love, love.
Great job!!!!
~Bec :-)

June 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Aroura said...

I love it!!! I'm squealing a little myself, and it isn't even mine :)

June 1, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

LOve your table!!

June 2, 2011 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Rachel // Maybe Matilda said...

Wow, that table is fantastic!!! And I LOVE that you have different chairs around the table--so fun. You have a great mother-in-law! I wonder if mine has any beauties like this table tucked away for me . . . I hope so ;-)

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

June 2, 2011 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Deborah March said...

Ooooohhhh YUM!! LOVE that you kept the table top as it is!

June 2, 2011 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger wyochatfields said...

Great Job, Thanks for the inspiration.

June 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Tabitha said...

JAIME! It looks so perfect! I love the way it turned out! Especially the chairs with the vinyl. It's all comming together! Oh how I miss you!!!

June 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Katrine said...

So pretty! :D :D <3

June 2, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love farmhouse furniture, such a lovely table.

June 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Katrine said...

I'm stopping by again :)
I love your blog and all your re-dos and creations that I've awarded you with this award!

Click here to claim it:

You really deserve it :D
Have a great day!


June 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous coffee grinder said...

with out furniture dining room is not dining enhance the beauty of dining room.

June 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Rust-Oleum Scott said...

Jaime Lyn, this project turned out great! Amazing job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum products to build out such a magnificent project.

June 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Jeannie said...

Love the table, you did a great job!!

June 2, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

BEAUTIFUL! In fact so much without even peaking at other posts of yours, I already know you have a new follower! I loveee your style!

So you just did a layer of stain after sanding? No extra protective layer or anything? I'm building myself a desk soon and using the same concept of wood planks and have been back and forth so much about stain/wax/poly-messy gunk-urethane... any tips?! Much appreciated!

Pamela @ {also just posted about a recent garden stool makeover... that's what I was up too this week!}

June 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Heaven's Walk said...!!!! That table is just fabulous, girl!!!!!! I love that you kept the top natural. It almost looks like the color of driftwood. :) I never thought of spray painting chairs. I always hated painting them with a brush. Ugh! I'll have to remember your technique next time. :) Beautiful job, girlie!

xoxo laurie

June 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Caley said...

This is so beautiful! I especially love the numbers on the back of the chairs you did with your Silhouette! Hope you don't mind if I pinterest this project! I love it that much!

June 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger The Painted Parlor said...

Oh I'm in LOVE with your table!! Jealous! Beautifully done! So happy to find you through MMS link party! I'm your newest follower, I'd be thrilled if you visited me at!!

Happy painting :)

June 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wonderful! The table is beautiful; love the mismatched chairs, and love that you didn't use consecutive numbers. Great work.
Visiting from MMS.

June 2, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Kim@NewlyWoodwards said...

It looks better than nice. It looks AMAZING. I love the chairs and the numbers on the back. The table? Something out of my dreams. I adore it.

I'm popping over from Maybe Matilda. And I think I may be your newest follower. ;)

June 3, 2011 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I absolutely love your dining table and chairs. I've been looking for something similar... Great job!

June 3, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Cindy @ Cinsarah said...

I Love it!!! You did an awesome job! Love how the chair turned out! :)
I'm your newest follower! #190 :)

June 3, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

O_M_G, I love that table SOOO much! I've been scouring the internets for ideas on what to make out of scrap fencing, and I'd love to do a coffee table that is a miniature of your dining table. I'm pinning this table on Pinterest so I can remember. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I seriously haven't loved a blog project this much in a LONG time! Dinner at your place, right?? ;)

June 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Hey! I just found your blog thru the linky parties and I'm following! Your table and chair makeover is yummy! Just the kind of transformation I love!

June 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger EllaBoo and Co. said...

Be still my heart. it is fantastic and the numbers on your chairs are divine! i found you on MMS and i am so glad i did - great job!

June 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Great piece of furniture! Looks so good!

June 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger April said...

Looks beautiful! I love it! ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

June 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous~gorgeous~gorgeous! I love your table! So absolutely beautiful! I would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime :)

June 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Love it!!! Love the chairs and the table! You did a great job! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

June 4, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful, I love the whole setting, magazine worthy! Thanks for sharing.

June 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger April Kennedy said...

Oh I so have table envy right now! And the numbers on the chairs is so sweet. I love it. Nice job. It is gorgeous!! ♥

We spray painted our chairs 5 years ago black and I told my husband a month ago that they needed to be cream now!

{stopped by from tatertots & jello}

June 4, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love it! Great pics too!

June 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Emily's Up-cycled Furniture said...

wow I love it, great idea with the numbers on chairs!!!

June 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found you via Shabby Chic Cottage. This is my dream table! I just love what you did. The white cleans it up and then the planks on top give it just enough of a rustic feel.

The more I see of it, the more I think I need a silhouette machine!

June 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I am in LOVE with this table! Just gorgeous!

~ Jess

June 4, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

It is so gorgeous. I loooooovvvvvveeeee it!!!!!!


June 5, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Infarrantly Creative said...

Jaime Lyn oh my this is beautiful! I love all the attention to the little details to make the hub of your family (eating together!) so magnificent. two thumbs up chica!

June 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So amazing! I love this!

June 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Rachael@LovelyCraftyHome said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm dying over here because I'm still trying to find the motivation to refinish my set!

June 5, 2011 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I love this so much that i'll be featuring it on my blog as one of my favourite things this thursday @ Thanks for sharing!

June 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Craftberry Bush said...

Crazy good ! love, love ,love it ! xo


June 6, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Goertzen said...

That is freaking awesome. I am totally lusting after that table right now.

June 9, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger angie said...

love it ~ especially the numbers!!

June 9, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Jenn Erickson said...

Absolutely gorgeous in every detail!! I especially love the numbers on the back of the chairs.


June 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

WOW!!! Fantastic!! I ADORE what you've done...and your decorating all around!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm working on my kitchen right now, an old 1850's stone house, and it can be quite a deal trying to make things fit: love your nice skinny table!!! :)

June 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger The Balch Bunch said...


I think I am going to have to follow this to re-do my chairs!!!

Is there anyway you could make me some significant numbers and I would pay you for them and also to mail them to me???

please email me at

this is so awesome....

June 10, 2011 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Just found you thanks to Pinterest. My dining room is headed in the same direction, but I kept delaying the actual project because I didn't have a clear final vision...until NOW that it. Thanks!

June 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

Come strut your stuff.

June 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

what font did you use for the numbers on the back of your chairs? Love the whole thing!! great job!

June 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Cranes for Katy said...

Love your table! I want one:)

June 13, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger melissa@5foot12 creations said... the table, love the fabulous! newest follower!

June 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Jaime Lyn - wow this table turned out fantastic. What a fabulous piece. Love what you have done with it - simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Sunday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

June 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons said...

Oh my goodness... that is the table of my dreams. I have to admit that it actually takes my breath away!

June 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Love that table! Everything looks so nice together!

June 23, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Your table came out gorgeous. Beautiful job!

June 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Love your table. The chairs are adorable. Great job over all. You have the worlds greatest MIL.

June 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your table and chairs! The numbered chairs are great; what an awesome idea!

July 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Homeroad said...

I couldn't love your table more! Now that is one great mother-in-law! Does she have an extra table for me :) I would love the EXACT same look! Chairs, #'s and table! Perfect for me my friend!

July 3, 2011 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Vicki V @ said...

That table is just AMAZING! Great job! and I love the door you found, too, and think the menu idea is a super cute one.

July 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

When I say that I love this table, I mean that I LOVE this table. It is amazing and you did an awesome job. I think I am actually a little jealous! Wow - great job - looks wonderful - love the numbers - fabulous touch. Sorry I am gushing. I kept seeing this table in blogland and just had to stop to see it. I was even better than I thought! Just love those old farmtables!
Following you - Stacey of Embracing Change

July 4, 2011 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Such a gorgeous table and I love the numbers! Beautiful!

July 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Debbie-refreshrestyle said...

That table is awesome! Love the chairs too!

July 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous carrie said...

I am so in love with this table. You did a fantastic job and I am hoping that at some point I can built a table just like this for my home. Thanks for the inspiration!

July 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Kris@ourthriftynestof7 said...

Oh my, LOVE it!! Gonna have to show this idea to my dear husband, seriously. We are out growing our table with baby #5 due in Dec., and not looking forward to the price tag that might come with needing a table to seat 8...

This idea would be perfect for us, and I love how you numbered the chairs. I'm thinking even at the head chairs I could vinyl "mom" and "dad" on the backs. :)

Just found your blog and am enjoying it.

July 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What type of clear coat did you use for the top? i have a table that I want to seal without making it look shiny.

July 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you've already gotten a bajillion and one comments on this but...

SQUEAL! This is awesome.

August 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this table! I'm really hoping for something like this someday for my dining room! :) I'm your newest follower!

August 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Pamela Bates said...

ok, did I miss this one. It's AWESOME!!!

September 29, 2011 at 4:17 AM  
Blogger Design_Fluff said...

I love your table! I just found your blog through The Shabby Nest. I've already been inspired so I'm now a follower!

November 4, 2011 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Dana @ said...

I swear each and every day I stumble on a new post from your blog that completely AMAZES me. I'm IN LOVE with this table and chairs. Seriously! ...and I think I just added a silhouette to my christmas list. The numbers on the chairs are simply perfect!

November 6, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Yeah, another Midwesterner! I'm blogging out of Chicago ... Just love your table and chairs. You especially had me at the numbers! I'm driving my family batty with my obsession with numbering things around our home ...

December 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Beautiful love the finish and numbered chairs.

December 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Jen @ said...

That is an amazing transformation. I love your table!!

I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)


December 30, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger LillysNLollipops said...

I'm in love with this table! Awesome job!

Amanda @ Lillys&Lollipops

December 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

I Love it The country look is so cute :)

December 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger joanne said...

i would be squealing with joy too !! what a find....beautiful...

December 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That came out awesome!!! What a great table :)

December 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow..what a find you have done an anazing job there. Love it!

Katie from lillyandboo

December 31, 2011 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Pitter and Glink said...

This is absolutely beautiful. Your MIL is so sweet for giving you all those awesome pieces, and you obviously have a talent for making them beautiful! :)

December 31, 2011 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Jen said...


December 31, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I absolutely love this. Love the table and the chairs blew me away. I'm planning on building a farm table in the spring. I'm pinning this for inspiration.

December 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger mrscoffeymaker said...

Did you really use clear stain or did you mean to say clear satin? I'm curious about the finish, especially for a dining table that would need to be cleaned so often. I don't know if you'll even respond to this, but I sure hope to hear the answer! thanks.

January 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Linda @ it all started with paint said...

See, now I'm back at this post again. This time I pinned those numbered chairs!



February 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Bliss said...

I just stopped over from It All Started With Paint to say hi and snoop around. Lots of great projects you have here. I also understand you love numbers and letters. I think we need a society of people like that.


February 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger said...

Hi Jaime Lyn! Hey I just wanted to let you know that I featured this amazing transformation on my blog today. You can find it here:

I really enjoy following your blog! ☺Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is:

March 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger S said...

Sweet! I love it:) you did a great job on the table and chairs, it's beautifully rustic...Sally

March 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM  

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