I realized when looking back for my last post that I show a lot of "befores" and don't follow up with the afters. I'm going to attempt to go through the blog little by little and update y'all on the "afters" or maybe the "I gave up ons".
I showed you some Craigslist finds that I was working on refinishing for our tiny breakfast nook at the beach house.
I found this faux bamboo Chinese chippendale dining set, 4 side chairs, 2 arm chairs and glass topped table (that sits in the garage as a serving table) and painted them in white lacquer. I reupholstered them as well and will post a picture of the linen taupe zebra print later.
I wanted a limed / cerused oak trestle table similar to Gabby home or Restoration Hardware style. Those were both too big and too expensive for our space... so the CL search began.
Stripping this of the orange shellac was a long painstaking process.
A combination of different strippers and chisels and steel wool got most of it off.
The a coat of minwax stain in driftwood and some liming wax
And here is the semi finished nook.
The light fixture we lived with for a year but finally bought several and spent a weekend with my husband hanging around like this:
I was finally satisfied...
Until I came across this image:
and I loved the texture of the gray wicker and the contrast of the different wing chairs. The chippendale arm chairs had bothered me because the arms did not slide under the table. As I said this isn't a true dining room, just a nook, and if you look at this picture, there is not much clearance between the table and the entrance stairs. As a result I was always removing the one head arm chair to make more space to walk in with groceries or beach towels.
I also had two empty spaces next to our entertainment armoire (next thing to go?) that begged for some extra seating.
Enter the Cost Plus World Market Amelia woven kubu wicker wingback:
set of 2 for $227 a 25% off coupon? BaBAAAAM! Alas, unavailable online. A statewide calling search began. A six hour roundtrip to Charlotte later and these babies were home!
The table is now permanently set with just the 4 side chippendale faux bamboo chairs. These wicker wingbacks move to the ends when we need extra seating, leaving the stairs clear for walking.
More "AFTERS" to come!