Since we moved into our house in September, I have been hunting for a dining table and chairs. The dining room has been a bit of a storage room, so it hasn’t felt like too much of a priority. I was looking forward to eating in there, though, and using the table for puzzles and projects. And I was looking forward to it looking and feeling more like a proper room. It was funny…we had our electrical panel replaced and the electrician looked a little stumped when he was trying to label that room. From the studio, I called over, “It’s the dining room!”
I found a few on Facebook Marketplace and at local used furniture and antique stores, but they were either too expensive, not quite the right style or the table or chairs were rickety. I knew the right set would come along at some point. I just had to be patient.
With Christmas fast approaching, I felt a stronger desire to find a table, even if it might not be the one that’s “our table.” I found a set I really loved with balloon-back French chairs, blue velvet upholstery, and a table with a parquet top, but the seller decided to give it to a family member. I then spotted this lovely antique set for $40. I really love the style of the table and the chairs and thought they would nicely complement the antique French cabinet I purchased to be the star of the room. From the description as well as messaging with the seller, though, I was concerned about the condition of the set. I’m not one to shy away from furniture that needs work, but I have learned that chairs are very finicky when it comes to gluing and repairs. If it’s a loose stretcher, that’s pretty easy. If stretchers are broken or there have been poor past repairs, some more glue is never going to make it solid. It’ll be passable for a while, but not solid.
Such is the case with this table and chairs. We did some more gluing and repairs, but they are just passable for now.
But, it’s still a lovely set and we will use it until I come across the one that is just right that will last for years.
I showed it in my post about my Christmas break, but I figured I would show it in a bit more detail.
I will recover the seats since that’s an easy fix and I will refinish the top since it’s sporting water rings and chipped veneer. For not, a couple of pieces of fabric act as a table cloth.
I love the turned legs on the chairs and the curvy back. It’s nice to look in from the kitchen to see a proper dining room, even if it’s not close to being finished! When you’re renovating a whole house, you have to celebrate the moments that at least give the impression of being finished.
This dining room does have a pair of doors to close it off from the kitchen and I do plan on keeping them. There is something old-fashioned about them that I like.
Here is a look at the dining room from the same view taken when we were looking at the house. I actually like the wallpaper selections, but both patterns were stained and peeling. It’s just time for an update. The floral wallpaper peeled right off, but it’s left behind some peeling paint and glue that needs to be addressed before I can start painting.
I can look past all of that, though, and enjoy the morning light coming in through the window, falling across some of my favorite transferware pieces.
We also hung the chandelier we’d taken with us from our PA house to Minnesota to here. It was just $4.00 at a yard sale in Virginia, but it is so lovely and I just haven’t been able to let it go.
(We need to stick that medallion up against the ceiling a bit better!)
I am looking forward to this view changing over the next year. We’ll add some built-ins to make this room a library/dining room. I think it’ll be such an inviting room lined with books. I also have some lovely green velvet fabric that will make amazing curtains.
Here is a view from the dining room when we looked at the house…
Another thing I love about these chairs is how they are worn just perfectly. The wear beautifully brings out all of the lovely turned details along the backs.
As I was photographing the table and chairs, it was nice to play with a few of my antique pieces. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I am always drawn to dishes, flatware, and table linens.
And, to show you what I’m cropping out of the shots, there are two wire storage shelves flanking the door to the kitchen that are housing my books. It’s not a very elegant solution but it’s better than having them piled on the floor. At least I can use them until we can build proper shelves.
It seems like a hundred tiny things have to happen before we can get to the built-ins. I need to remove the wallpaper and glue, and we need to organize the garage, so we can have a nice workspace for building, I need to prime and paint the walls, then prime and paint the wood for the shelves… Just on and on. I’m sure most of you have projects like that. You’re ready for the last domino to fall, but you have to knock over the first one first.