From Drab to Fab!!!


November 17, 2013 by Terry

Happy Sunday everyone!!!  The sun is out and it FINALLY quit snowing!  It has been blizzarding for 2 days straight keeping everyone housebound.  So with the sun out it kinda rejuvenates and energizes me even though it’s cold.  I don’t mind the cold but don’t take away my sunshine!!

So today I’m going to share with you a table and set of 4 chairs that I found in a thrift store for next to nothing!  I was out browsing around looking for a project to do while my husband was away in the summer and came across this…

Lovely orangeish wood…all scratched and dinged up…someone tried to fix it up by giving the chairs new fabric but I think it was a “miss”.

Soooo… I loaded it up in my car…believe it or not with the seats folded down it all fit!  :0)  I love my car!  Raced home, and started to work.  I stripped the varnish off the top and sanded it right down.  Then I gave it a coat of leftover paint I had in the garage from a previous project.  Stained the top and gave it 4 coats of clear varnish.  I did a wash over the edges and the base with a lighter colour of paint and then another wash of stain to get into the nooks and crannies to give it a really neat effect.

So… the chairs were super ugly too…I did the same sort of treatment to the wood on the chairs and upholstered the chairs in Painter’s drop cloths …love this stuff!  

I don’t know about you, but I love it when a blog has lots of pictures…more pictures…less talk?    Now, I thought it might be a good table to keep for my own family as the table with the leaf in was actually pretty big.  Unfortunately it only seats six people comfortably…  We need minimum seven spots…but I used if for a while anyways as I liked the look of it.

You’ve probably noticed that the chairs in the picture are not the ones that go with the table…well…like I said before…”sticky” people do not belong on light coloured fabric and because I knew we were not keeping the set I decided it would be nice to keep the integrity of the chairs in tact for the new owners…

I did take a few pics with the leaf out and the matching chairs so I could advertise it for sale as a set…


This sweet little set went to live at the house of the lady I told you earlier bought the wing back chair as well as a few other things while “shopping” my house!  I delivered them to her and you would have thought they were custom for her kitchen!!  I should have taken pictures…who knew I would have started a blog???  LOL!

… I hope you have had a fantastic weekend!  

Happy Sunday all!

Take care!



Linking up to the sunday showcase party by Stephanie Lynn

Also to Pink When: DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday


3 thoughts on “From Drab to Fab!!!

  1. Trent says:

    Once again, very , very, beautify work!!!! Makes me proud a woman this talentd picked ME to settle down with and raise a wonderful family. I still wish we coulda kept it as it’s very beautiful. Oh well, sure there will be another beautifying restoring project in the near future!!!! Nice work…


  2. Kathy says:

    Fabulous! Great job.


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Thank you so much Larissa @prodigalpieces for tagging me in today's #trashure fun!  I don't know that this French chair was trash to begin with but it certainly did make its way into being a treasure indeed! This is my most recent makeover!💕#makeover #beautiful #statementpiece #upholstery #frenchchair There are 2 sides to everything and in this makeover too!  Velvety glam on the front and a modern statement in peacock feathers hugging the back!  Soooo pretty! 💕💕#thecuratorscollection #obsessed #sofine #soglam #feathers #velvet #statementpiece #beautiful #makeover #upholstery I am obsessed!! These (there are 2!) might just be the most luxurious chairs I have ever re upholstered! Gorgeous metallics mixed with luxurious fine velvets!  Wait till you see the backside of these chairs!  They will be delivered to their home tomorrow morning!  Can't wait!! #luxury #glamglow #makeover #upholstered #stunning #thecuratorscollection #soglam #sofine #obsessed Okay... here's a peek at the "during" of these two sweet chairs. They were  my client's Nana's chairs and it is my hope that Nana would be pleased with this makeover. #nanaschair #thecuratorscollection #makeover #upholstered #velvet #newlook #soglam #metallic So this is what has been keeping me busy these days... actually there are 2 of them! Without giving away what they look like now I thought I would share what the choices for fabric were first. My client chose the print for the backside and the velvet for the front side with exquisite soft pink velvet for the welting and the arms. I also gave the orange looking wood a glamorous look with some warm silver metallic paint. I hope to share with you soon! I don't want to share the reveal before the owner has had a chance to see them :). #thecuratorscollection #upholstered #makeover #velvet #soglam #mynanas Soooooo this is my current situation.... I'm on sewing machine number three in 2 days and a deadline nearing the end in 4 days! 😬 I SWEAR ITS NOT ME! Lol... hubby is trying to fix mine after bringing me home one from one of his co-worker's wife's ... how sweet is he? 💕huge shout out of gratitude to Mrs. Schafer for helping me in a pinch! 😘🌷#stressfulday #sewing #upholstery #deadlines #sweetpeople #thankyou #gratitude

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