Kitchen Table & Chairs Set Refresh

Kitchen Set Refresh

Last year I participated in a pop-up Vintage Market with some friends, which I shared here.  Well, I had planned to refresh my kitchen set to sell at the Vintage Market and replace it with a more Frenchy feel set for our home.  Well best laid plans… we ended going in a totally different direction and I could NOT be happier.

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 We bought this set back in 2000 from Ethan Allen and it was part of a Swedish collection.  Before this last total refresh, I have changed out the upholstery once and we had it refinished once, which I guess is not bad for almost 20 years.  It was | is a great set but I was ready for a change.

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Here is the before picture, where you have seen quite a few of my tablescapes.  My plan was to paint the base and chairs in Annie Sloan Old White and have a raw wood top to sell at the market.  Unfortunately, whatever product was used, when we had it refinished after the kids outgrew their destructive creative stage in life, had a strong yellow undertone and it got stronger through time.  Originally it was a beautiful cream finish {you can see it in the matching hutch in the background since we never had the hutch refinished}.
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As I started to sand down the top, Mr. Masterpiece became intrigued with my project.  Keep in mind that the paint finish on this set was somewhat of a lacquer type of paint.  Like I said, the original finish was beautiful and also great to wipe down as a kitchen set, BUT not the easiest to remove.

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As we got further into the project we realized how beautiful the wood was underneath.  Who knew?  I do know Ethan Allen produces high quality furniture and this was just a bit of confirmation I guess.  Well, little by little Mr. M took over the project and finished the top, including the 18″ leaf.

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By the time he was done I wasn’t sure I wanted to get rid of it.  We decided to stain it with a gray finish and between the wood grain & the gray stain, I fell in love.  We stained it with Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Gray.  It became a great farmhouse table and it was not going anywhere.

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I painted the base and chairs AS Old White as planned and I sealed it with AS clear wax as well.  And to finish it off and really give it a farmhouse vibe we reupholstered the chairs with some grain sacks I had kicking around.

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I am so happy how it turned out!  AND it wasn’t even planned.

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I am a total sentimentalist and have a hard time parting with things so the fact that I had come to terms with letting go of this set was HUGE for me.  This is the first kitchen set {& only kitchen set} we bought, this is the kitchen set our kids learned to eat on {& thrashed}, this is the kitchen set that is staying in our house.  No parting guilt here.

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We breathed new life into it.

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I canNot wait to share some tablescapes, stylings, recipes and more on this “new” table set.
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.”
~Elsie de Wolfe~


  1. Wow everything turned out so beautiful! I love the chair seat covers that you did. I love how the table top turned out so pretty and farmhouse look! Isn’t it the best when you can turn something you have had in the family for awhile into something new again. We have done that with a few of our furniture pieces too! I would love it if you would come and link up to my Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party. 🙂

  2. Hi Karin! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. I will most certainly be stopping by Centerpiece Wednesday! See you soon.
    XO- MJ

  3. Such a beautiful table makeover! I don’t blame you for keeping it. Isn’t it great when you can fall in love with a piece of furniture again – or a house. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

  4. Thanks so much Donna! Yes it’s almost been 2 years now since we redid it and I still smile & love it every time I notice it. Have. great day & thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

  5. Love this makeover! My husband would say this is evidence of the wisdom of buying a quality piece of furniture–it really will last for years!
    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  6. Greatl job!! I love the color of the tabletop. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. See you next week.

  7. You’re a girl after my own heart! We’ve had a hand-me-down dining room set given to us by my sister-in-law and her husband since before we got married (so over 25 years ago). It’s made really well and of good wood but it’s just not my favorite. It’s got a round top with pretty legs and guess what? My plan has always been to keep the top dark and paint the rest white! So I’m loving this transformation! Glad you could keep it in the family! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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