We have never had a dining area for the family at our lakehouse, just a small table indoors and a few outdoor tables. We often just used folding tables for our get-togethers. It's always been fine, and we have fun, but recently I decided to remedy that situation...
and to do it on a budget!
We started out with the old 7 foot long wood table from our sunporch at home. It's a great sturdy table and provides a lot of seating area. It has always been very worn and rustic and the stain on the two leaves has never matched the rest of the set.
Here's how it looked when I bought it for $30
at a garage sale several years ago...
Next, my husband built two great wood benches, each measuring nearly seven feet long. He did a beautiful job and adapted an
Ana White plan to be just what we needed.
Next, I took two wood chairs from home, that I had recovered...
Finally, we married all these disparate pieces together with paint! Since these were going into our family's lakehome, we wanted a rustic, casual beachy look. The table was done with an almost dry brush technique. I used DecoArt's Americana Chalky Finish in Yesteryear, a soft light gray.
I left stained wood showing and wanted the wear on the table to be highlighted. It has an almost driftwood or birch look...
I love the old name carved into the table...
The chairs and benches received a solid coat of DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish in Relic...a dark gray, almost chalkboard color paint.
I finished the pieces with DecoArt Americana Light Satin Varnish for a stronger finish than wax.
It gave my husband and I great pleasure to see the family gathered around the table, sharing meals and playing games, at our recent gathering! It worked perfectly for our needs
and it was great re-using pieces we already had!
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Until next time...