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Showing posts with label dining room. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dining room. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Seating For 6 Or More…At The Door

Welcome!   I am so glad you popped by today!   I am excited to share one of the projects that I have been working hard to finish around my house the last little bit.
I have been junkin’ just a little bit…ok…I have been junkin’ a lot lately.  A friend and I have had a little luck finding some fabulous things…and we have been playing a little with it all.   I have taken a few pieces to add to my house, and I am going to start the sharing today!
I shared the doors that I picked up a few weeks ago, and today I am going to show you all what I did with one of them!  I began with cleaning it up…a lot.
Once it was cleaned up I brought it into the house and set up a space to do some work on it.  I had to bring it inside as I needed to be able to use my china cabinet as a color reference.  This door is about to become my new dining room table!  
I have a beautiful dining room table…but it is far too large for the space allotted in this house as a dining room.  It fit in…but then there was no room for people!  So…I put the table in storage…and got busy working on a new solution to the dining room problem!
I began by laying down a tarp and protecting the floor below my work area…then I set my sights on paint.
One nice thick coat of a good primer to both sides of the door was in order.  I needed this to be sealed up…It was very dirty when it came to me.  I also didn’t want any of the original blue to leech through and show up.  There is no blue in my dining room!  
If you look closely at the photo above, you can see the original dining room table in the background.  I love it so, but it is just way too large for this space.
With my primer dry…I started to rub the door with a gel stain in Dark Mahogany color. 
I LOVE playing with paint.   I think I might be addicted to the smell of paint too…ha ha!   I am not so crazy about the paint fume hangover I get the next day, but hey…It is worth it!
Dark Mahogany on, I start adding some color!   I don’t wait for the different colors to dry…(who has the patience to wait…right?)  I just start rubbing them on.  The second color after the primer is called Cabernet.  I put it on in small patches all over the door…
Just like this!
The next thing I added was a few little touches of black high gloss paint the same way as I added the cabernet.  please ignore the disaster mess in the background!  ugh.
I then went back over the entire door…colors and all with Dark Mahogany again…it blends the colors together a little…so there are no definite lines of color addition…it just kind of softens the lines out.
After all the colors are added to my preference…I needed to wait for the door to cure.   It was left overnight to do this.
In the morning, I got up bright and early…and started to focus on things such as legs….I was gifted these fantastic legs…but there is just one problem…one was broken a bit…
Have no fear!  It's an easy fix...a pair of wooden blocks glued together for me to put on the top of the short leg.   Yay!!   I love these legs…and I think they will be perfect for this project!
I got a cowboy to help me with putting the legs on…and decided that I didn’t want this table project to look like a door sitting on some legs…I needed to dress it up just a little bit.  So, I went to the storage room downstairs and pulled up three pieces of crown moulding to add as a skirt to the table.
I treated it in pretty much the same way that I did the table top.  There is a little more black involved with the skirt…I needed to make it match the china cabinet after all!
The legs are going to be just perfect…
That cowboy did a fabulous job attaching them to the door…and making a little support for the crown moulding to attach to.  (My next project is going to be that ugly fireplace in the background!  I hate that thing!)
I don’t think i want to paint the legs!  I like them just the way they are!
The skirt looks amazing on there!
I plan to find old wooden chairs to sit around the table on…and I think I will try to distress them to look like the legs ….
It looks wonderful!…but now… need to address that horrible little curtain situation that was on the window in this room…That was a no brainer…
I hung a layer of sheer curtains, and then on another rod over top, I added lace sheers…and tied them back with burlap!   Not bad I think…
I like the mix of the casual and the formal…it suits this space.
Man is it hard to take a good photo of the window when the sun is shining!  ha ha !
My dining room feels good now…lots of room for family and friends to sit around the table…and there are some pretty things in here for us all to enjoy.
I am in love with the black chandelier that we put in.  (except for it shows the dust really bad)  ha ha !
The very first chance I had, I hosted a dinner party for all those who were involved in the making of this room…from my junkin’ partner and her hubby, to the cowboy…in total there were 8 of us all sitting around this table enjoying each other’s company and having a nice meal.
I am so happy that I tried this idea.  I really like this table, and I love the way my dining room is coming together.  Right now, I am just using iron chairs that I have from another set that I have, but eventually you will see this room again, when I have enough old wooden chairs distressed to perfection to match the legs of the door turned dining table in my house!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit today!!!  
Until Next Time…Happy Decorating/ Junkin’!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

From Old Lady Drab…to Tootsie Style Fab! (and a small tutorial)

Hey guys!!! How the heck are you? I’m good…good and tired.

Why- you ask? Well…let me tell you!

I have been a busy girl with all the flowers, kids, back to school prep…life’s obligations (of which I can hardly wait to share …(another time)…and a little bit of this and that…okay…a lot of “this”…ya wanna see?

I am so relieved that you said yes…or we’d be stuck in a rather awkward moment here…haha…

So the story begins…after all the obligations and commitments are taken care of each day, Tootsie has got to play...


There is a lot changing in my and my kid’s world lately…and we are taking steps to change things from drab, worn and sad, to Tootsie Style , fresh, and FAB!

This dining room set has been in my house for a few years now. We use it every day three times a day. It is pretty isn’t it?


ya…pretty sad…pretty worn…pretty old lady-ish and looking very drab…

What’s a Toots to do when she is looking at things…and they either bring back an UGLY memory, or they are looking a little past their prime?


Out came the sander…out came the primer, the stains (all 3 colors) and out came the rags, brushes and of course the camera.

I started with the chairs…and slowly but surely got them all done…then moved on to the table and the china cabinet. I thought I’d give a small tutorial of how I did this for those who might ask…

Step 1. Sand off the shiny finish


Step 2. prime


Step 3. Rub Dark Walnut gel stain over the primer to desired shade.


Step 4. Add accent color with Cabernet Gel stain


Step 5. Detail with Black semi-gloss paint


Step 6. Rub lightly again with Dark Walnut stain…


Step 7…ENJOY!!!

Here is how it went for the table…the steps are the same…but the mess is very different…the table is heavy…too heavy for me to move…so I did the table and cabinet in the house…

I added the leaf to the table…and let the sanding begin…


did I mention I had a lot of help???






‘The Duch’-age 11 my hero


‘Busy’ age 5 my shadow


‘Georgie’ age 9 my delightful challenge


oh the giggling!!! they were supposed to be using sanding sponges…how did they end up with both my sanders???


ya…they really enjoyed themselves…we all had a great time!

But the job got done…and the mess was huge…we had stuff everywhere…and dust…let me tell you…no..on second thought I won’t…you can just imagine…haha

The table was done and I had to do the china cabinet…so I borrowed some muscles from a friend…and had the top removed from the base…did the whole process to it…and then left it all to cure for a day or so.

The big day rolled around…and all I could think about was getting things put away…I had dishes all over the house…dust everywhere and being a clean freak in a mess like this was no fun at all…but how will I get the cabinet back up on the base??? It is solid oak…and heavy as HECK. (you thought I was going to say a bad word didn’t ya??? hahaha) My borrowed muscles were away for a couple days…and I did not want to wait for another set to come over…(it was a 5 hour wait!!!) So…I did it myself!

How the heck??? yea…I know you want to see…(you are just nosey that way) haha


I dragged the shelving in from my greenhouse…and made little steps with it! I’d lift it up…and “Duchy” (my 11 year old son) would push it steady. Then we’d add two shelves to the pile…and the process went on and on until…


We had a couple huge stacks…and


WE WON!!! All my son could say was “Man mom…are you ever strong!”


“ROAAAAAAR!!!! that’s me! – I couldn’t have done it without you“ I said! haha My son is not only very protective of his old mom…but he has been a great help to me these past months. This project brought me and my little gang even closer together than we had been…and we loved every moment of it. I’m glad I let them help…but…I fear I have created three sanding monsters!!!! haha

Okay..back to the finshed product.

After an entire day of cleaning…touching up..and primping…okay…Okay…okay….just look!!!!!


TA-DAAAA!!!! Take a look!


from this…Old Lady Drab…


To Tootsie Style FAB!!!

and as a bonus…Bad memories got to be erased…


Damaged surfaces erased…


Old lady drab …gone.


memories made with my gang…


..and the promise of many more wonderful memories of true friends and wonderful family to be made on my one of a kind creation!

So? What do you think? Will you be trying my stain mixing???

My next project to finish up involves the installation of a fireplace in my house! I can’t wait to share it!

Until then…hugs and smiles to all the great followers of Tootsie Time…and as usual winks to a very special three…*) *) *)…you know who you are!!! {;)

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