Friday, May 21, 2010

Red Hand-painted Dining Set

I’m back!  You miss me?  And do I have a great project to share today!

But first, some very exciting news!  I’m guest posting on one of my favorite blogs today!  Beckie at Infarrantly Creative has graciously invited us on over to her place to share what we do with her readers!  If you haven’t seen Beckie’s blog, you really must.  I love it.

So onto the latest project…

I recently acquired a solid oak, round pedestal table and a set of four wrought iron chairs from two separate Roadkill Rescues.  The table was rescued from the free section of Craigslist and the chairs were in front of someone’s house on a neighborhood yard-sale day with a free sign on them, so I pounced.  :)  They were, of course, destined to be a set.


I always feel so uninhibited when the material I’m working with didn’t cost me anything!  It’s such a breath of fresh air!  So, I really wanted to do something fun and something that I loved with this set.  I took a chance, held my breath, and thought RED!!  (Well, it is my favorite color.)

I was really inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s (another bloggy favorite) lovely guest room.

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I love the touches of red, with the white and naturals intermixed, but I especially loved the clever way she used the jute upholstery webbing to trim out the curtains and tie up the faux roman shade (genius!!):

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And Martha used it too for this rug.  (If it’s good enough for Martha and Miss Mustard Seed, it’s most certainly good enough for me!)


Since the caning on the backs of the chairs was pretty trashed from being in the weather, I removed it all and replace it with woven jute upholstery webbing.  So here’s my finished dining set a la Miss Mustard Seed (complete with hand-painted details):





Isn’t our willow tree purdy?!?  We’re in our small window of green in Arizona before the scorching temps turn everything brown and crispy.  I’m soaking it up while I can.  :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

Linking to:

Funk Junk Interiors, Finding Fabulous, Reinvented, Miss Mustard Seed


This project is also participating in the Paint Challenge AND the Martha Stewart Inspiration Challenge over at the CSI project!



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  2. It looks wonderful! You did a great job!

  3. Wow! You did an incredible job of making it looking unique. No one would guess they were free!

  4. I have the exact same table! It was also a freebee given to me a few years ago. It is still in the ugly stage though. Great job, you inspired me.

  5. WOW, great job! Those chairs turned out fabulous.

  6. wow- that looks amazing! love thwt ayou did to the chairs! and if you are ever in the area, you can definitely hit me up for some karaoke! :)

  7. Wow - what an amazing transformation! You can not even tell it is the same set. The webbing is fabulous and the way you used it is genius! Incredible job! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  8. How nice! I have the exact table and am re-doing it right now (along with a leaf). It is is god-awful because whatever color it was originally stained it is now serioulsy yellowed... not for long. :)

  9. Now that is some Mad talent there.....I love love love it.....awesome job!

  10. SHUT UP! That is flippin genius! Love love love the webbing. Can you channel some of your creativity this way? Visiting from Funky Junk. Time to follow!

  11. You have outdone yourself this time! Red is my favorite color and I love this set...

  12. I wanted to restate my compliment in a clearer, less bloopy way: YOU ROCK!

  13. I love this table. I love red and I love these chairs! I have recently been playing at painting furniture too. I love the way it turned out! If you'd like to see mine, stop by. PS... I did a red table bottom and a red chair!

  14. The use of the webbing on the chair back is perfect! The design on the table apron complimenting the chair seat is awesome too. :) BTW, red is also my fav color.

  15. What a wonderful 'find'... free!!
    you did a beautiful job with paint
    and fabrics! Good for you!

  16. darn Tootin!! Soo cute and what a great idea. I have a big ol roll of that stuff and now I see someways to use it! --'the other" Ann housefinally.blogpot!

  17. So much fun! I love red and that is so would make me happy looking at it everyday.

  18. Very nice!
    I love the red too. I like the fact that the little upholstery tacks show. Very nice!
    I also like those inspiration pictures. That rug! great!

    found you at FJI-SNS

  19. CUTE!! I love your projects. I shall follow you...


  20. Looks awesome, you did a fantastic job!!!

  21. Don't you just love upholstry webbing? I love how you used it... it looks fantastic.

  22. What a fabulous paint job! love it.


  23. Seriously?!? Gorgeous!!!!! I have to follow!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  24. That is totally did Ms. Mustard Seed proud..

  25. The red and white is awesome! I LOVE that combination! Your painting is perfect!

  26. That's absolutely adorable! I love everything you did. Wondering if you're going to leave the table outside & I hope it doesn't get ruined if you do. Too pretty for that to happen.

  27. Really great! Way to replace that caning! Genius.

  28. Just gorgeous! I love every single thing about it. You are amazing!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!


  29. Fabulous! Absolutely love it!!


  30. This is great, I love the red!

  31. This is fabulous! Every little detail!

  32. I am always afraid to redo furniture because it might turn out the way I don't like. You did a great job on the table.
    dining room sets


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