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My mom found this dining table (with leaf) and 4 chairs at a thrift store in Omaha, NE. It’s size is great for our growing family, and I could see lots of potential in it. I love the look of the planks on top, but the yellow-orange outdated finish was already worn down, clearly needing a good sanding and new finish.

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Now it’s our dining room’s pièce de résistance! We sanded the table top (not too far down since it was a veneer), then added a custom-painted design on top, and applied a new stain in “Special Walnut.” The design was inspired by a few french-style stencils I saw online (no, I can’t take all the credit for the design!). I added our family’s name, our wedding anniversary, John 6:35 (“I am the Bread of Life”), and on the leaf I added the meal blessing. To add the design on top: I printed the design out on paper, colored a blank sheet of paper in pencil marks and placed it face down on the wood, then I placed the printed design on top and traced each letter transferring the pencil marks lightly onto the wood. Then, we painted the design, stained over it, sanded it to give it an antique look, then applied several coats of poly to seal the table. It’s now a piece that represents our family, our faith, and will be treasured for years to come!

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To tie the room together, I added a french-inspired stripe to the chairs and stools in the same lime green used on the hutch. We also sawed the legs off the stools to shorten them to chair height. Finally, I added a nice gray fabric I found for $4 in the clearance section of the fabric store to replace the imitation leather-covered chair cushions! I love how they turned out! The cream-colored paint (same as wall color) on the chairs and table legs definitely brightens up a room with a lot of natural, darker wood.

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