I had a plan. Freshen the table base and two chairs with the same white paint color and stain the table top dark walnut. Farmhouse style all the way for this baby!
Then this happened...
A Round Pedestal Dining Table Makeover with a Painted Doily Top and bold floral upholstered chairs with more of a Coastal vibe than Farmhouse flair.
This is how they started out looking...
You can see in the photo above that the chairs are a warm white and the table base a cool white. I unified them with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Old White. I distressed them, just a little, with 120 grit sandpaper for that farmhouse vibe I was going for.
After spending some quality time with my orbital sander, I got the beechwood top down to the natural wood. My excitement about having a dark walnut stained top soon waned when after two coats it looked like the original finish. I was sure I took pictures but for the life of me, I can't find them on any of my devices (hate when that happens).
On to Plan B, there was no way I was painting the top after all my hard work sanding it. Instead, I decided to give it a wash of Old White chalk paint by simply dipping just the tips of my brush into the paint and with very little pressure randomly adding white brush strokes.
Nah still wasn't feeling it and again, no pictures. That's when I decided to throw the farmhouse theme out the window and go for a more coastal vibe.
I remembered I had some pretty floral fabric in my stash leftover from the ever popular 70's Coffee Table Upholstered Bench and decided that I would use it to upholster the seats on the chairs. On that piece, I had paired the fabric with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Provence and it was stunning.
So again, just dipping the tips of my paint brush into the can, I dry brushed Provence onto the top. You can see in the photo above, that it completely gave the table a fresh new look and I loved it!
But I couldn't stop there. I found this fabulous Doily stencil and applied it to the center of the top with Old White chalk paint. Sometimes when our original plans go out the window it is a blessing in disguise!
Next up, upholstering the original wooden seats...
I apologize for the poor quality photo, it was taken in my basement in the late evening on my phone. I simply glued 1-inch foam to the original wooden seats followed by a layer of cotton upholstery batting. I had just enough fabric to upholster the two chairs.
Tip: Use a serrated bread knife to cut upholstery foam.
I think the upholstered cross back chairs pair beautifully with the coastal pedestal table, don't you?
I brought the set to the outdoor market in May and within fifteen minutes the chairs sold.
...separately from the table.
Halfway through the day a young woman furnishing her first apartment fell in love with the table and asked, "do you have chairs to go with it?"
If only she could have seen the beauts that once were, but that didn't stop her from buying the table!