Wednesday, August 15, 2012

French Country Dining Set

The workshop has occupied so much time and attention this summer that I have a LOT of furniture projects waiting for me! 

I’m at the point of wondering “what to tackle next?” 

I decided to go for the biggest bang—as far as reclaiming space is concerned! 

The table was dismantled, so it wasn’t taking up much room…but I had FIVE finished chairs stacked up in my bedroom, so I decided to finish the set so I could at least have my room back!

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If you’ve been with me for long, you know I have a long and glorious history with pressed-back chairs. 

I love ’em. 

One of my first major projects was this gathering table:

…and I loved it so much I later refinished a similar table in black:

Then there was my grand idea of refinishing a dining set with different pressed-back chairs for myself:

…which I didn’t end up keeping, but another friend of mine decided to run with the idea.  She bought up grundles of pressed-back chairs, and I finished them for her.  When she had multiples, though, I received some of the chairs back…in payment!

And that, dear friends, is why I had five pressed-back chairs cluttering up my bedroom!  As luck would have it, I found a sixth chair at Deseret Industries recently, and I was given this table (don’t you love the legs??)…

…what if I put them together??

Ahh…a match made in heaven!

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The table top was sanded down and re-stained in Minwax Dark Walnut, which for some reason didn’t want to get very dark.  I liked it anyway.

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The six chairs—all different—are painted with a Behr Color match of Sherwin-Williams “Creamy.”  They are glazed with a watered-down burnt-umber craft paint.  That is NOT my preferred form of glaze anymore—but some of these chairs were started long ago, and everything needed to match!


I like these table legs better…

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I had fun dressing up the table a little bit….

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…someday I’ll have a table that looks good with this doily runner; it’s my goal in life!

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Anyone up for an al fresco dinner?

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This project has been featured at Elizabeth & Co. and Domestically Speaking.
Linking up here:
Domestically Speaking Elizabeth & Co.
Primitive & Proper The CSI Project
Friday Remodelaholic 2805
My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
Beyond the Picket Fence Someday Crafts
Knick of Time My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect {Primp}
Common Ground My Repurposed Life
From My Front Porch to Yours All Star Block Party
Cowgirl Up! {aka} design
Coastal Charm


Homeroad said...

Wow! First of all I love white with the dark top. Next, the mismatched chairs are awesome! I love the tables they came out great!

Full Circle Creations said...

I love the mismatched chairs. And your table looks great too.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Korrie! I love the look of the chairs with the table. Smart to get the biggest project complete and hopefully gain yourself a little more space. I've got lots of little projects that I need to finish up. I'm tired of seeing fabric all over the house, a paint can here, something else there. I'm determined to clear up these little things before I start something else!

Pollyanna said...

I have always loved collected pressed back chairs, but you have taken it to a new level ... Love them all!! You just never cease to amaze me!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Simply beautiful Korrie! And I'm a fan of mismatched chairs too! I know this was a whole lot of work, but the result is sooo worth it!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, Korrie! Lots of work but what a great finished set with personality.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love the Table with the dark top and the white legs. Loving the mismatched chairs. You are so creative.
Have a wonderful wednesday!

Pamela said...

That is a beautiful set Kori! I have a client who has requested this same combination. Cant wait to start on it for her.

Ali Richardson said...

Beautiful!! Wow - that looks like a lot of work!

Roisin said...

Looks fabulous! Love the wood with the white paint. Where did you get the legs for the table????

Rita at

Bliss said...

It looks great, but I think I'm a little surprised there are no graphics on top!


Gypsy Heart said...



Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Your table looks gorgeous! I love it! Great re-do. I love the white with the dark top. So pretty.

Unknown said...

This turned out amazing! Ok, the sad maple table we have been using for-ev-er needs a redo badly, I am inspired now!

xoxo, Tanya

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Korrie, that is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

My mother has a nice set of press back chairs...I grew up with them....and boy would they ever look darling all done up like you have WHITE!

I love your al fresco settings in every photo..I wanted to be at the tables sipping tea and muching on crumpets!

thanks for sharing.
ciao bella

creative carmelina

Honey at 2805 said...

What a beautiful table and fabulous press-back chairs! Lovely job, Corey! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Cecilia said...

Those turned out beautifully. I like the mismatched chairs and darker table top. Really turned out lovely!

Connie said...

You did a great job. I love the table top with shades of light and dark. Very pretty!

foreverdecorating said...

I am still kicking myself for selling cheaply my old set that I should have kept and painted! Yours is beautiful!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Love the idea of each chair being different. Big project but it's awesome.

Cassie Bustamante said...

what a beautiful set, korrie! that table is just gorgeous and loving the mixed chairs!

Unknown said...

I love all the furniture re-creations that you see on the internet. Very inspiring and very good ideas for cheap. Love it! And I don't mind at all the mismatched at all. Coming to you from the blog hop.

Loribeth said...

Wow!!!! I love that! Now I want to get mis-matched chairs to refinish for my table. I've never liked the ones I have.

How hard was it to sand the table top? I've been thinking about doing that with my table, but I'm certain the finish is going to be terrible to remove!

Loribeth said...

BTW, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award!

Liz said...

Love the chairs and the doilies! Liz

Meg said...

Yup! Love it! That table is absolutely gorgeous. My chairs a miss-matched as well.

Thanks for sharing on the All Star Block Party!

Katie Drane said...

I'm so glad that I'm following you! I LOVE the mismatched chairs with that beautiful table. Great job!


Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

So creamy and pretty! I'm featuring your dining set at the Power of Paint Party Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Love how this turned the idea of having different chairs....they would all 'tell' a different story.

Jessica | Petal + Ply said...

I love a wood top with creamy white bottom! This set turned out lovely.

Stopping over from Elizabeth and Co.

The Shaw Shack said...

I LOVE this and plan on doing something similar to my table soon. QUESTION: Did you put a topcoat after staining? Like polyurethane? If so, did you use liquid or spray? Thanks! Jessica -> the_shaw_shack at hotmail dot com