Thursday, August 14, 2014

What was I thinking?

Quite some time ago I was looking at our local Facebook for sale site and saw a photo of a dining table, 6 chairs, and buffet. All disassembled but a very good price. It looked interesting so I got my sister in law to ride over to a town about an hour from where I live to check out this great buy. Well, this set had been stored in a garage for many years but I thought it had potential. There I go again.... potential.... that sometimes gets me into trouble. LOL

Of course I bought the set, somehow squeezed all of that into the back of the truck, and brought it home to store in my basement. After about 6 months, I decided to redo the table. Here's what I started with:

Well I think you can see that this set of table and chairs definitely needed some work. So I stripped, sanded, stained, and used polyurethane on the table top and painted the bottom. The chairs had to be glued back together and then reupholstered. I had a tough time getting the oil based polyurethane to dry. In fact, it never did dry. At this part I began to question my sanity. Why, oh why did I ever buy this??? I let it sit for 4 days hoping it would dry. Nope, never did. I finally sanded down the tabletop again, being careful not to take off the stain; and then used polycrylic on the top. Here's the finished product:

I am happy with the finished product. I took it into Restoration Emporium in Kansas City where I sell my items. I was hoping this would sell as a set, but no such luck. Only 4 out of the 6 chairs sold, to a nice couple. Then the table sold to another couple.

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