We all outgrow things in life. We outgrow clothes, past-times, people and decorating styles.
Our dining room hasn't had a makeover for a long time. We've had our dining suite for over 12 years and it was seriously starting to show its age.
My husband and I also feel we've outgrown the decorating style we currently had. Chocolate, timber, cream and highlights of red are not cutting it for us anymore. We decided it was time for a change.
So, room by room we are refurbishing. The dining room is the first. Our dining suite was stained & varnished timber - a little bit of a country-style but easily changed
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a photo of the dining table before he began sanding it back, but it was done in the same finish as the chair above, so you get the idea.
We also had two IKEA Markor Units in the dining room, which were showing their age as well. I wasn't happy with the positioning of them in the room as it was just too squashy to get around the table.
I had been thinking about cutting them in half for a while and when my husband said he thought it was "do-able" - I was thrilled!
So he took off the doors and went to work. I have to say that he is quite amazing because he pretty much had to dismantle the whole unit and rebuild them (don't tell IKEA!)
After sanding, he then painted certain parts of them blue. Weird, I know but as they wear we want the blue to show through. He painted white over the top and gave both units a vintage treatment with sandpaper.
On the table legs, he did the same as the units by painting blue, then white over the top and sanded certain parts to give it a well-used look. My husband then waxed and polished the tabletop....and I fell in love! I loved how the timber showed up all the grain - just beautiful. :)
Meanwhile I got six pieces of sponge cut at our local Clark Rubber store. I hot glued these to the timber seat section (after checking the hot glue in an inconspicuous spot).
We had some issues with material to cover the seat sections. I made a "not-so-great" choice at first - we made up one chair to see what it would look like - I really didn't like it at all. So it was back to Spotlight to get some different material. I found a gorgeous table runner while I was there and used it for inspiration. We love the end result - we wanted a beachy, coastal feel, but without the shells & coral, etc.
We still have a couple of things to do in this room - such as artwork (I have some left over material to do this, so will post an update later if my idea looks good) and a couple of other things, but the big job is done. Our dining room is now a bright, airy room, even on the cloudiest of days, which is exactly what we were aiming for.