Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New dining set!

I've been spending a lot of time on craigslist/kijiji looking at new dining room tables and chairs. What we have now is fine:

Yep, that's a dog on the table.
But it's not something I want to have forever. So I found a set I liked and we drove an hour to get it.

That wouldn't be that big of a deal if we had a truck, but we drove home like this:

It's a good thing the bf and I have experience tying down sailboats, or this could have been a complete disaster...

We unpacked everything out of the car and here's what we came home with:

A dining room table w/ leaf
4 chairs
A hutch

Unfortunately, the table got a little damaged in the move... We were planning on refinishing the whole set anyway, so it's happening sooner rather than later.

We're not sure when the furniture is from, exactly (we think the 50's), but it all has these cool old tags still on it. I'm going to have to  do a little research on this, I think.

And we don't have room for the hutch downstairs... so we're leaving it upstairs for now until we're in a place that has more room... It will be replacing the rickety old bookshelf.

We started the refinishing work this weekend, starting with the leaf in case we seriously messed something up. And let me tell you, it was a lot of work. Whatever they used to seal tables when this was made, it works.

The leaf, after one coat

The bf hard at work

Still sanding, 45 minutes later

Even I did some of the work...

And after an hour and a half of sanding... We were finally done.

It's still a little wet here, but you get the effect. I'm just hoping we get some nicer days so we can get this table inside and use it!

And Freyja? She wasn't much help at all. 

She played fetch for about an hour...

And then decided it was nap time.

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  1. The table top looks fantastic! I'd love to hear about any history you can come up with on the furniture company.

    Love that you wore a cute scarf while sanding ;)

    And as usual, little miss freyja is adorable!

    ~Chris aka mom

  2. What a really nice set! I don't know any history on that furniture company but I do know Southampton, which is a gorgeous town on Lake Huron. Look at you two, so hard at work but it certainly paid off ... the still wet table looks beautiful!

  3. I cannot believe you got all of that on top of your car! You guys are good, really good.

    It's all started now,you know now what he is capable of hauling around...watch out!

    Your doing a great job. Nothing like solid wood.

  4. Love the furniture and how clever you were about getting it home. Enjoy!

  5. What a nice table you've found. It's going to look fabulous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Looks like a great set you found there~ bet it is going to be beautiful when you are finished!! Love your sweet little pup too- how cute!! :)