San Bernard Dining Room

Well it only took six weeks, but we finally have one room in the house completely finished! I know I hemmed and hawed over what dining table I should build, but when it came down to it I decided to thrift one instead. I had two reasons for this: 1) with all the angles in the kitchen, I wanted something a bit softer and round for the dining room & 2) My building style is a pretty similar rustic style and I wanted to fancy things up a little. Basically I wanted to get a little eclectic and not matchy match my entire house. So I started with this table from a local consignment shop that we scored for $225 including the chairs.

I loved the shape and size, but not so much the color. Maybe if it were white, but it was a kind of yellowish cream that just seemed dated to me. So I unscrewed the old hardware and popped off the seats and went to work. I got some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence for my birthday and thought this would be the perfect project to try it out. If you haven’t heard of ASCP before, it’s pretty much the magic paint. You don’t have to sand or prime or do any prep work. Just mix up the can and go!

I needed two coats, but mostly because I didn’t stir the can enough when I started so it was all streaky. But once I figured out the proper thickness, it covered like a dream. I used two coats the Annie Sloan Dark Wax over the paint to add dimension, and I love the look. It’s a lot more subtle in person than in photographs. Kind of like a soft patina. Plus I used a white buffer pad (found in the paint section) to apply it and HOLY COW it made the wood soft like buttah.

My mom found this red graphic floral outdoor rug at Sams for $75. Can you believe it? Such a steal! I love it because it’s soft yet still really stain resistant. My dogs are the sort that need to squish the carpet between their toes when they get sick. Because you can bet it will *always* be on a carpet and never on the easily-cleaned concrete!

While I really love the table (and the rug, and the light) my favorite part of this room are the chairs! While brainstorming what to cover them with, I was inspired by the Mexican blankets my mom used as table runners for