Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mismatched Dining

I love the look of a mismatched dining set.  Don't you?

I've been planning to paint my dining set for about a year.  I decided last Summer that I'd like to rid myself of the ugly blond wood, but it was just too hot out.  I knew Winter would be too cold, but Spring, I decided would be the perfect time for it.  

The look I wanted would require me to sand everything down and restain in a darker color.  I wanted a dark stain underneath with an off white paint on top.  Then I planned to attack everything with a sander to shabby up things.  The reality was that it seemed like an awful lot of work and frankly, I just didn't want to deal with all of that.

I finally decided on using thrifted mismatched chairs, which would already have a dark stain.  All I'd have to do is sand down the imperfections and then paint.  I already had one chair in the garage, which I'd thrifted last Summer.  All I needed were five more.  

I seriously thought it would take F-O-R-E-V-E-R for me to find five chairs that would be perfect for the look I was going for.  I couldn't have been more wrong.  I found my five chairs in less than a month, without actually going out to look them specifically.  I thrift about three times a week and whenever I was out, I'd go over and take a peek at the furniture.  

All of my chairs, including the one from last Summer, which was the most expensive @ $7, cost just under $25.

Meet the girls:

my favorite @ $1


 last piece of the puzzle @ $5

first piece @ $7



I'm expecting this project to take awhile.  I'm planning to start prepping the chairs this week, or I was until yesterday before I started feeling sick.  I'm hoping this is just a small cold or, even better, allergies.  Wait...  did I just say that???  

Anyway, I'll be prepping first and then Charles will paint them with our NEW Wagner paint sprayer (YES!!)  I've still got to choose the upholstery fabric and then the ones that need it, will be sent off for reupholstering.  Charles and I decided that it'd be best to have them done professionally instead of me trying to wrangle everything into place.  I'll be making chair pads for the two chairs that have hard bottoms (ha ha).  

One last thing before I head back to bed.  The sconce wall is almost finished.  I had a minor setback on Sunday when a heavy one up top fell and knocked all except for two sconces off.  Luckily, only one broke.  Since that one left an empty space and I decided I didn't like two of the wood sconces, we're supplementing with some ornate picture frames.  I can't wait to have it done because it's going to be beautiful!  Fingers crossed that my next post will be the reveal.

10 crafty peeps said:

  1. i love the idea of mismatched dining chairs...you have some lovlies...can't wait to see how they turn out...and since we are looking at paint sprayers, i'll be curious to see how you like yours.

    stuff and nonsense

  2. I can't wait to see how this turns out - I know it will be wonderful! Btw.. I am working on building a mismatched set of dinner dishes!

  3. I have mismatched breakfast room chairs. Three are windsor (from an antique store), two match and one is a little different. Then I purchased a solid mahogany chair at a flea market for $5 and it's totally different. All the chairs have rush seats and are all the same dark wood. I love it!

  4. Love how you call the 'the ladies!' They DO look like a couple of us gals standing around!! Thanks for the smile.:)

  5. I SOOOO wish the thrift stores around here had furniture. I'd love to do a mismatched set. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  6. EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee! This is gonna be cute!
    Please get better.
    I am sorry to hear about the corbels wall--things happen for a reason--so it will be all the better now!!
    Guess what? I started listing on etsy again!
    Sold my first thing (Strawberry Shortcake sheet set) an hour after listing began!
    I have about 200 things to list--know the feeling?

  7. I love this look too. I can not wait to see what your creative juices pull together. These chairs are going to look amazing when you are done!!!

  8. I did this same thing about five years ago and it is my most favorite room in my house. I gave myself a $20 budget per chair and ended up with most being under five.
    here is a picture here ...
    I wanted different chairs and different colors. Yours will be darling as well!

  9. Allergies have knocked me out this week, Kristi. Never had them until I hit 40! No big projects for me this week, I've just been so tired and I'm assuming it's "them". You've got a nice variety there. I can't believe the prices! You've got some great examples to follow and I know that yours are going to look wonderful.

    A spray gun sounds great as I have three furniture projects waiting on me. I'm debating whether it will be easier to set them all up, sand, prime and paint in assembly line style or just do one piece start to finish at a time.

  10. I just stumbled upon your blog and LOVE your chair transformations! Incredible and so bright and cheery. Can't wait to look around and see what other wonderful things you have posted!