Amelia Dining Set

Hi ALL! I’ve missed you!!
I have so many NEW refinished pieces coming your way!! YAY!

But for now. . .  lets start with this dining set that I refinished for a friend back in November!
yes. . . I know took me a minute to post this one 🙁

This entire space was in desperate need of a makeover! Ruthie to the rescue!

I’m not gonna lie… this table gave me some trouble! First things first I thought it was solid wood.
Nope! You never really know until you take a sander to it…

So the table top actually had a very thin “wood” veneer on it.
Ok fine . . . that’s ok and still workable. . .
but you have to be very careful with your sander at that point
to not go too far and go past the actual wood and into the pressboard underneath!!

I don’t really like to “baby” the furniture when I’m using my sander,
but I had to with this piece! 🙁

So here I’ve already painted the chairs an antique white color and put on the first coat of stain.
Here I used Minwax Dark Walnut
ehh . . . not really the color I was going for . . . so lets see if I can get it a little darker
Now the base is painted antique white to match the chairs
So now I’ve probably put on at least 2 more coats of stain and I’m still not happy with the color!!
Now I’m getting desperate! Time to get aggressive!
I remembered a product I used once before, Minwax Poly Shades, was a lot thicker and had a richer look to it.
I had the Espresso Satin color on hand, So I thought I’d give it a try!
Walaa! The exact depth and dark wood color I was going for!! WOO HOO!

I also used Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane to seal and lock it all in.
OMG .  .  . THAT PRODUCT IS AMAZING!! That is by far the fastest drying poly in the world!
The table could be touched in 30 minutes! No residual brush strokes. AMAZING!

Isn’t she beautiful?!?!


So here again! Just a RECAP!


Now I can’t take credit for the fabric on the chairs . . . but I sure would like to!!
The homeowner did that all herself! Great Job Amelia!

Look how nicely her Formal Living & Dining Room came together!!!
see that rustic coffee table there??  hint hint . . . NEXT POST

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  • Trisa - Great job! do you have any idea where she got the fabric for the chairs? or the name of the fabric?ReplyCancel

  • Keila Drum - Hi,

    My question is regarding the Amelia Dining set you did a little over a year ago, 5/1/15 to be more precise. I read you painted the chairs white and put on stain over them? Is that what you did? My table and chairs are exactly this color…the orangy looking wood, and this is the exact look I’m going for. Would you mind telling me how you got the white with the black (or dark streaks) showing?
    Did you sand it or just painted it white?
    I appreciate your time in advance, thanks!

    Keila DrumReplyCancel

    • Ruthie - I painted it white, but I didn’t paint into the cracks or crevices. Then after it dried I used an antiquing glaze (instructions should be on the bottle) to give it an aged lookReplyCancel