Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MORE before and afters!

Woo hoo! Don't you just love before and afters.... I just do. I love them. The house has been a flurry of painting and miscellaneous projects. We have been without a dining table for like 5 days and the dishwasher is on the fritz so the kitchen has been full of everything that is usually on the dining table (including meals - standing up for my husband and I) and dishes and whew. It's a bit much. But today things are finally getting put back together and I think it's all worth it.

Want a looky-loo?

Let me start by saying we had a rectangle table in our very small eating area (can't really call it a 'dining room') and it just didn't work. My husband and I had bought the table before we were even married, but it held up well (thanks, IKEA!) and wasn't so bad. This is what it looked like (I don't know why the chairs aren't in the picure!):


Then I saw an ad on craigslist for this table... has potential, no? On the bottom of the listing it said they would take the table on trade for a square or rectangle table! Before I knew it, we had a deal! (here it is in process of being sanded for painting... classic "wait, I need a picture for the blog" moment!)


The table even has an extra leaf (you can see it hanging out in the background of the above picture). And was the perfect size for our family of four - or more with the leaf! Plus, it fit the scale of the dining area perfectly.

Now... ta-da! The after!



The table (or the paint job) is by no means perfect... but the table was practically free and the paint job was a tag-team effort by my husband and I. We couldn't be more thrilled after only investing about $20 in paint ("Frost" by Behr, if you are curious) and polyurethane.

I still need a rug solution... the original rug (see top picture) will work, it's just a cheap-y from IKEA though. I would love a round rug, but they seem hard to come by and expensive. Since my budget is pretty much ZERO dollars I think I am going to have to get creative with the existing. Think I could paint bold stripes on that fabric IKEA rug??? ...hmmmm.

Don't tell my husband, but I might have another project brewing! (also it's his birthday today! Happy Birthday Dear!)

13 comments:

Jess Constable said...

Love the round table, I think that's a great idea for a family of four. And if you end up looking for a rug that's a few hundred, I'd check out Overstock.com, it's got some great styles if you look through a few pages.

dmoms said...

I love round tables. You did awesome.

Jackie said...

Jill it looks sooooo good! Love it. How are you liking the round vs. rectangle? I've been looking out on craigslist for tables too and can't quite decide which shape to go for. I think it is a great idea to paint stripes on your existing rug. Or if you're up to it you could go for zig zags! Ohh, that would look very cool.

ms. less is always more said...

Jackie: I am LOVING a round table vs. rectangle. It seems like it is cozier to eat at. We can all see each other's faces better. The only thing is that now all of my rectangle placemats don't work so well. I'll have to find some round ones!

I'll keep you posted on the rug! Zig zags DO sound fun!

christina said...

I always love a good before and after...but I especially love YOUR before and afters. They always turn out so well :) Love the round table, and I love the white.

I actually watched a show on HGTV the other night where they sewed together four smaller (2x3) rugs to make a larger one...perhaps a solution for your rug problem???

Erin said...

I love it! so crisp looking! (high five)

Gillian said...

Excellent job!!

Magchunk said...

Very nice! I grew up with a very similar dining table and used to love when my parents put in the extra leaves - felt like a special occasion!

I second Jess's suggestion of Overstock.com. Also try some of the hardware stores that are starting to get a little more stylish. They tend to be cheaper than home decor specific stores.

PS~Erin said...

It looks great and perfect for that space! No more bonked toddler heads on the corners!

T Moonie said...

I love love the white and black combo. You have a beautiful eye!

pk said...

Excellent makeover! Love the new table!

Boy Crazy said...

where do you get these ideas! I'm so impressed. I love the look of the table. I am so not gifted in the area of designing...I know what I like, but not until after I've seen it! You have a gift for this, Jill.

Kotori said...

Wow wow wow. I LOVE it!


 

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