Category: kitchen table

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

Wrecked Hips and Kitchen Tables

Wrecked Hips Make Silent Lips

I haven’t written a new post due to a surprising hip injury and subsequent surgery this past summer.  I play tennis a few times a week and take long walks with friends so I never anticipated that I would get a stress fracture in my left hip.  Surgery was strongly encouraged and I was in the OR the day the stress fracture was discovered.  During my six week check-up, I was told that I have another “issue” in my hip.  An extra hole was drilled in my bone when a “nail/rod” was hammered into my hip and attached with two screws.  It appears the extra hole has been expanding.   I had been so excited to finally be able to walk without the aid of a walker or crutches but it was short-lived when my quad in my left leg started to ache and I once again needed the aid of a crutch to walk.

I have been painting during this time but my recent “issue” has caused me to curtail all of my projects until the end of the month when I will get another X-ray.  Cross your fingers that the “issue” has healed itself so I can return to physical therapy and get back on the tennis court.  I will confess that I have recently painted and recovered a chair  because my client’s husband also had hip surgery and has been in the hospital for the past three weeks.  I just couldn’t say no.

Staining a Kitchen Table

One of the projects I completed after my hip surgery was this kitchen table.  Last year I sold a wrought iron full size bed frame that I had during college to a lovely young lady and her mother.  Genuinely gentle and kind people.  A few weeks ago I was asked to re-stain the top of their kitchen table, matching it as close as possible to the leaf and leg.  Here one side has an application of stain while the other side has been stripped and sanded.

half and half

I stained the table top at least four times and although the top isn’t quite as dark as the leaf, it’s pretty darn close.   Then came 4 applications of polyurethane.

table leaf leg

The best reward is when my client tells me how appreciative they are for bringing their furniture back to life.

table leaf

Painting a Kitchen Table

Almost as soon as I finished one pedestal table, another client brought her oak pedestal to be painted.  As usual I didn’t remember to take a before photo until I was nearly done priming the table.table partial paint

My client choose a lovely green gray for the table and leaf.  I both sprayed and hand painted the table after first cleaning and sanding it.  I was going to glaze the table but while the details on the legs and base would have been illuminated, the top just looked flat.  So I opted to leave the piece unglazed.

just table

table top

I love how color changes with light, going from gray to green.

overview table chairs

The table will be used in the kitchen with black painted chairs, which will look great.  I just happened to have two black chairs in my garage that I used for the photo shoot.

table with black chairs

I hope my client sends me a photo of her kitchen with the newly painted table and her black chairs.  I love seeing furniture I’ve redone in their homes.

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