Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shabby Black Dining Set

In the early afternoon of the 4th of July, I got a phone call from my Aunt Jane. She was at our local Goodwill & found a dining set she thought I might be interested in. It was a drop leaf table with three leafs & six Harp back chairs for $29.99!!! She wanted to know did I think I could use it? Me & the Hubby jumped in my mini van & raced right over. Here is what I came home with:

It's a Duncan Phyfe knockoff, but I love it!

What a score!  I guess staying home on the biggest summer holiday pays off. Thank you Aunt Jane! Only you would be at the Goodwill on the 4th of July.

Just look at those beautiful feet!

This table had some imperfections, but they were all cosmetic. All the hardware was original & in good shape, the mechanism was still real smooth & the chairs were solid. What more could you ask for?

With all the leafs in, you could seat eight!

The chairs would all get nice new seat covers.

The next day we made this a family project.

Here are my boys ready to work.

And here is the team making me proud!

Even my little Elvis was there for moral support.  

After everything was cleaned & sanded, my Mom & I gave it two coats of DIY Black Chalk paint. 

 Sanded, distressed & two coats of clear Annie Sloan soft wax.

The chairs came out amazing!

We used drop cloth to upholster the seat cushions & each chair has a different graphic I found on The Graphics Fairy

I think this one is my favorite.



I think of all the projects I've done, this one I am the most proud of. It was a real family effort & the end result is beautiful.

I have this set for sale at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, MI. If you are in our area & have something you want painted, we do custom work. Just shoot me an email. Thanks for visiting & have a great day!  Dee


  1. Un gran y maravilloso cambio, me encanta como te ha quedado.

  2. What an amazing transformation! I love it. Megan

  3. What a beautiful set! I love those gorgeous seats!

  4. Wow, I love it!! The chairs are awesome. I'm your newest follower from POWW. :)

  5. this is wonderful
    i love it
    have alwyas liked painted furniture even when it wasn't popular
    so glad Elvis helped also LOl

  6. You should definitely be proud of that one! $30? You're kidding! What fun that they all worked with you! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  7. What a deal! The black is a classic and those chairs are awesome!

  8. You got yourself a pretty good deal with this dining set! I think one of the best feelings in the world is to score a pretty good piece for your home. And next to that is sprucing up this piece to make it lovelier. I think you made a good choice on the color. The black paint made the old dining set look classy and sophisticated. But the best part about this is the effort you and your family exerted to make this lovely. Talk about quality bonding time!

    1. Thank you Allie, I am happy you can appreciate the effort my whole family put into making that a great dining set. Can you believe it is still available? I wish my home was big enough for it because I would have so kept it. Where can you find quality furniture like that today? Thank you for our lovely comment & thank you for visiting. Dee