October 19, 2011

Pale Blue Dining Suite

This was also one of the last NZ projects I did.  I picked up four chairs first, then the table, at the local op shop.   The table was actually sitting outside, in the free pile.  Yes, we were only weeks away from leaving the country, and trying to downsize our pile of belongings, but I couldn't turn down a cute table, not for FREE!!!

This is what it looked like...
It was really solid with lovely lines, but it did have a very odd coloured top...
It was a really odd purple colour, I think that the original stain may have been bleached by sunlight or something...the legs also had a purple tint to them but not as bad as the top.  
I took to it with the sander...it took a bit of work but it was worth it to see that purple gone!
I gave the table top the same treatment as this table, but instead of doing white legs again, I went with Resene Karen Walker Periglacial Blue.
I don't seem to have taken a before shot of the chairs, but they were very plain honey-coloured pine chairs, with seat pads on them that were so ugly and past it that I had my upholsterer completely replace them, timber, foam and upholstery.  I went with my old faithful, oilcloth, this time in a taupe rosebud print which I think works perfectly with the pale blue.  It is super practical, so easy to wipe down to keep clean, and will keep on looking lovely for years to come.

Some more shots of the beautiful flowers, which I now know to be Hippeastrums :)

This suite is for sale, if you are interested in purchasing it please email me for details.
I have also done a matching hutch, blog post will be up in the next day or so.  It is also for sale, and would look great with this suite!

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xx Karen


  1. Mmmmm, LOVELY...those chairs are great!

    Deborah (happily visiting from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you'll take a minute to stop by too...)

  2. That is a beautiful set, Karen! The soft blue is lovely.....one of my favorite shades of blue. I like the oilcloth that you chose with the sweet rosebuds. You did a very nice job!

  3. that is so gorgeous- and so you! i love it, karen! you have such a signature look and i just adore it!

  4. The table & chairs turned out lovely.

  5. Beautiful work, Karen!! Love the blue! You've also styled it so nicely, well done!

  6. Karen, this turned out amazingly. LOVE the color! I found you through Going a Little Coastal, where I read your comment about chalk paint (WOW can't believe the cost) So thought I would pass this along....Sherry at No Minimalist Here posted a recipe for making your own challk paint in her September 18 post. Although I haven't tried it yet, you may like to. Just copy and past the address below to your search bar. Warm Hugs, BettyJean

  7. Another masterpiece I found in your blog. Just now I was just searching for this type of piece at my dining room table instead of my wire bench. your bench transformation is gorgeous.

  8. The chair upholstery looks really cute. And it goes well with the table.