Transformed Table and chairs

We have just finished refurbishing a dining table and set of chairs for a customer.

My customer had salvaged the chairs from an old pub and picked up the table from a second hand shop. The table had fabulous barley twist legs and the chairs had pretty detail on the back.

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The items were beautiful but a little run down. I love projects like this as I knew that with a little TLC, the set would look fabulous!

My customer had decided that she would like the table legs and the chairs to be painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Pointing’ to compliment other items in her home. She asked us to strip the table top which was covered in a dark varnish and to give it a lovely honey colour.

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We began work straight away. I sanded the base of the table by hand and Gaz used an electric sander to strip the table top back. Sanding can be a messy job – here is Gaz in his oversized dust suit!

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It took a lot of work to get the dark varnish out of the crevices of the table. However once this was done, it was ready to be coated in honey coloured wax.

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The table legs looked fabulous after a couple of coats of ‘Pointing’.

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One of the chairs was missing the supports between the legs so Gaz made some new ones. He also tightened up the chairs as some of them were a little wobbly. The chairs were sanded then painted and waxed. We toyed with the idea of sanding the detail for a shabby chic look but decided that they looked great just as they are.

The last task was to sort out the seats. One of the bases was broken and another was likely to break soon. Gaz therefore cut out new bases and replaced the old ones. The seats were quite hard so we re-padded them to make them nice and comfy.

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Finally, we recovered the bases with the customer’s own fabric.

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This is the finished set – what a fabulous transformation!

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