A Place to Gather and the Giveaway Winner...


You might remember this vintage table I found for $30 at a garage sale recently!  I was very happy as I was looking for a table for our porch, to use as a family gathering place.  It had a lot of scratching and was distressed, but I liked the dark stain...


 So I used a finish restorer (I just happened to use this one...not an advertisement) that goes on over the old finish and covers scratches beautifully.  I used dark walnut, you just wipe it on with the grain and then remove the excess.  It dries in a half hour and then is topped with the Feed and Wax, that you let dry and polish.  I was happy with the look, a nice finish, but still having character!


I had 10 vintage chairs that I had collected for $3-$4 each...


some with seats to recover...


I am using dropcloth material to recover the seat and topping them with Ikea cushions in the same color for longer use...


A new light fixture gives the room a romantic glow in the evening!  The room is still a work in progress, with wall finishing in the next month, and floors after that, but we can use the room in the meantime!




I topped the table with a natural runner and my favorite basket filled with seaside goodies, aqua jars, old map pieces, and natural elements...




This will be a wonderful place to gather!


Isn't this a cute sign?  Found it at Cracker Barrel restaurant...


Also tonight I am announcing the winner of my 200th Post Giveaway!  Thank you so much for all your entries and good wishes...I wish I could give each of you the prize!  The winner is...

#51 Donna ~ My Shabby Chateau!

I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...
Linda

58 comments

  1. I love the look with different chairs.

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  2. OH MY GOSH--it all looks SO great, Linda!!! AND big congratulations to Donna--I'm so excited for her! I love your sign on the porch and those chairs--wow!!
    And what an amazing centerpiece.
    XO
    Cindy

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  3. Wow, love it and will be doing the same to my porch with a table down in my basement! Congrats to Donna too!

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  4. Thank you SO much, Linda! I am super excited, and you made my day! I can hardly wait:)! Your gathering place is awesome! What a deal on the chairs and tables. I just used Howard's on two benches that I painted, and love it!!

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  5. What a great table. I just found the Howards Refinishing/wax and was very interested to read about how you used it. Timely for me. Thanks.
    - Joy

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  6. Linda your table is gorgeous!! It gives your whole space such a great feel. I really like your centerpiece also. All the different elements makes it very interesting.

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  7. What a wonderful table and the different chairs are just great with it. Thanks for the info on the refinish product. And, Congrats! to Donna!

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  8. Linda, it looks beautiful, I love different chairs, and do have that around my table,too :)
    Your center piece is so summerly and lovely.
    Donna congratulations-how lucky you are.
    xox,Dorthe

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  9. You really do inspire me :)

    I love your mismatched chairs.

    We have a dark wood table (that we had as a wedding present from my parents - 24 years this year!)

    The chairs need recovering you've inspired me to get on with it and love my table again!!!!

    ps I also LOVE the sign

    Karenx

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  10. Wow! Your table is so gorgeous! I adore that display too! X

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  11. That table is gorgeous! What a great find.

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  12. I'll be over for a glass of lemonade later, okay? I'll just sit and look at your beautiful new space!

    Congrats to the winner (darn! it wasn't me!)!

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  13. Love the sign at the door!!!
    Your table looks great!!
    Congrats to Donna
    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  14. Oh I love the restored table and your placement is just perfect! Congratulations to Donna! Have a wonderful day!

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  15. Your table setting could be in a magazine. It's just beautiful and so inviting. Wonderful job of restoring the pieces that you collected. And the centerpiece is drop-dead georgeous!

    Lovely post. I so enjoy stopping by to see what you've been up to!
    Hugs
    Jan

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  16. So charming! A perfect place tp gather family and friends. I almost bought thst exact sign at a little shop. Instead I bought one that says "The early bird gets the worm" since it's going outside. Mimi

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  17. Linda I love your table and chairs, and your center piece is perfect!

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  18. It turned out so nicely. I have some of that finish restorer and I need to try it on my dining room table that has a few water spots! I know you will use that table for many happy gatherings!!

    Congratulations to the winner!

    Kat :)

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  19. Congratuations to the winner. Love the room. It looks great now and will be more lovely when completed. The table was perfect for the space.

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  20. I love how your table came out, Linda. Looks great on your porch with the mis-matched chairs. Perfect for large gatherings on summer nights. The sign is perfect in your doorway...love it all!
    Cheryl

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  21. What a great spot for family get-togethers. I am a new follower. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  22. Looks wonderful, Linda. I love all the textures in your center piece :)

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  23. Oh wow, Linda! I love this huge table~
    I soOO wish I had a big table for family gatherings and EVEN a place for a big table.
    This looks so great, love the odd (mis-matched) chairs. That I have. Now if only I could fit 4 more people!

    Pat

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  24. NICE! I want something similar for my kitchen, although I don't have enough room for one this big.

    Congratulations, Donna!

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my giveaway.

    Have a great day! La

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  25. Your "new" table and chairs look very inviting. I like the look of mix and match chairs - gives it a homey feel. Love the look of the maps in the jar.

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  26. I love the table and the chairs are all so beautiful and unique, you have created a wonderful gathering place. Your light fixture looks fabulous! You must be so pleased with this wonderful room now.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  27. Your beautiful new table looks wonderful with all your chairs around it. I love the look of a mix of chairs. I've got that too. You're going to have so many wonderful times here! Love your gathered centerpiece!

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  28. Be still my heart! What a beautiful area you have created. I love the dark wood - so warm and rich. Did you say you were taking reservations to just sit and enjoy the surroundings???

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  29. A wonderful place to gather, indeed! I love how you mixed the chairs, along with your electic and fun centerpiece!! *Becca* (your newest follower)


    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  30. Your table looks great and I love the collection of vintage chairs! I wish I had read this before I sanded my table...
    Love the sign from Cracker Barrel!
    And I just might be doing that center piece....I'm such a copy cat!
    Enjoy your day~xoxo~SueBee

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  31. Wow! Your dining room really looks great! Thanks for stopping by astepinthejourney :)

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  32. Oh poop, I did not win....OK I will be gracious and congratulate the winner! I think your table looks great. The antique store I am at sells that restorer, I have never used it, but it looks great and I will give it a try now, it sure bets refinishing the whole thing

    Carol

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  33. Oh Linda...save me a seat!
    It looks beautiful!!!

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  34. Wow! What a lovely place you have here!
    You have a new Follower.
    Rose

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  35. Lookin' good! Can I come over? Looks like a great place to chat over a cup of coffee with a good friend!
    Smiles & hugs,
    Julie

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  36. Hello again! And Thank You for your Follow!
    ;)
    Rose

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  37. Oh, I would love to have a table that sat this many. Everything looks just great. The centerpiece is neat, too. Lezlee

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  38. Yayyyyyyyyyyy....CONGRATULATIONS Donna....ENJOY....!

    Linda I LOVE your table....You had me DROOLING when you mentioned the Cracker Barrel restaurant....It is ABOVE & BEYOND my FAVE place to eat in the US....**sigh**....My last couple of visits though I've not seen hide nor hair of one....!! Never mind though....there's ALWAYS Septemeber.... :o) !!

    I hope you're having a BOUNTIFUL week....!!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

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  39. Love all of the stuff you are doing in this room. Love the sign. I may have to copy that!

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  40. Linda how absolutely lovely. I have had great results with Restore a Finish myself so I am glad to see someone else has had success. I love all the different chairs and the open ambiance of the room. It will be the perfect gathering place. Ann

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  41. Oh, Linda!! This is amazing. What a beautiful place to gather together. I can smell the coffee!
    I have to tell you, we stopped in Cumberland, Maryland for gas and there was a cute little antique store across the street. The next thing I knew, I was inside and had found a wonderful, old scale- similar to yours. It made thi whole trip worthwhile!!!!
    xo
    Lynn

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  42. It looks gorgeous! There is something so inviting about mix and match chairs, it just make me want to sit down with a cup of tea.

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  43. I've missed you!! I wish I had a large table for company. Looks like you are ready for the 4th. Great chairs. I'll have to ck. out those products. Thanks
    Happy 4th!!
    Xxx Liz

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  44. Hi Linda
    That table is perfect!! What a wonderful spot to sit and chat with family and friends. I love the centerpiece with all of the natural elements!
    Have a wonderful 4th!!
    Jane

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  45. I think I should drop over for a visit in your porch:)It looks so inviting! Love the center piece and your new banner!
    Congrat's to the winner and thank you for having a giveaway!
    Too hot for this chick...going to the Trader's Market on Sunday..
    Happy 4th!
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  46. Wow, what an awesome table and for a steal!!! You will make many great memories there, love your center piece too...great porch! Hope you have a Happy 4th & get to break in that table!!! :)

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  47. Looks like an amazing place to hang out!! What a great table!!
    Enjoy your space!=)
    Hollie

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  48. LOVE this...
    and you!
    Happy Fourth of July : )
    xx Suzanne

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  49. Looks fantastic!
    What a find.
    Your shell tray collection and maps are marvelous too.
    Have a great holiday weekend!
    xx
    Alison

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  50. You've been a busy girl! We've been in Maine so I am a bit behind on what everyone has been up to these days. I love the different chairs, and that Cracker Barrel sign is wonderful! Vicki

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  51. Love this room Linda!!! This would be my favourite summertime room!
    Love the mismatched chairs too!

    Pamela xo

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  52. Incredible Linda!!! Great job! What a find...and the chairs are perfect...I love the different styles...such character! What an enjoyable room! Love the sign!!! So relaxing...what time is dinner? HA!!! ;0) Hugs...Brenda

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  53. WOW, I can't believe I missed this. it looks so awesome Linda!

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  54. I love the Crackle Barrel Store! I don't care too much for the food but the store always has such great things in it!

    Love table!!! What a fantastic find for $30 - it's huge. Love the light fixture over the table too - it all looks wonderful!

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  55. Anybody can make a beautiful room with an unlimited budget but it takes TRUE TALENT LIKE YOU to create a beautiful gathering space (a table and 10 chairs!!!) for less than a hundred bucks!!!

    The room is beautiful the way it is, and you want to do more, can't wait!

    I've used that Howard's as well, great stuff, hides a multitude of sins.
    Susanne.

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  56. I'm drooling! It's sooooo beautiful. Love the table. Love the mismatched chairs. Love the whole space!

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