Restoring My Childhood Dining Table Set

Well friends, it’s been a LONG TIME coming, but I’m so very excited to 1. Be back on the blog writing again, and 2. Share the latest and one of the biggest DIY’s we’ve ever done with you all!

Since finding out we were pregnant, life has just been a whole new level of crazy and different and exciting. We’ve been keeping real busy, trying to get as much done around the house as we can before our sweet Sybil arrives! My mind and body have just been in a whole new place and quite a bit has been delayed with the blog and just creating in general. So I’m sorry for being non existent over here for a hot second!


But anyways, on to the good stuff. This project was very special and sentimental for me, because it was restoring the dining table set I grew up with. There are endless, wonderful memories that were made sitting around this table and it just holds such a dear place in my heart.

When we moved to GA, we sold a ton of our stuff, including the kitchen table Jay built for our apartment, and so we were just planning to build a new one once we got into a home. I knew that my parents had this set in storage, but I wasn’t sure of its’ condition or what they planned on doing with it, so I didn’t think of it as an option for us to have. But once we got here, found our home and were making preparations to move, I kept thinking about how beautiful the table would look in our house and was curious if my parents would part with it.

I mentioned the table to them and they said that it was in pretty rough shape, with water damage on the top and that the fabric was destroyed on pretty much all the chairs. But I still envisioned it in our home, with some beautiful new fabric, sanded down, re-stained and just knew that we could bring it back to life. Jay very easily could have built a table for us, but we just felt so strongly about this set and decided that we’d rather have it instead.

My sweet parents ended up giving it to us, which was such a huge blessing and we got busy working on the table top and hunting down the perfect fabric for the chairs! At first I thought I wanted a colorful floral fabric, but then I just kept feeling like going a more simple route with them was the right choice. If you don’t know this about me, I have a thing for deep color tones, and I decided that a rich, deep blue would be the perfect choice for the fabric.


We ended up finding the most perfect color and texture of fabric from Joann’s and had a 60% off coupon, so we saved tons of money! The fabric was too thick for the buttons on the chairs (which for the record, are HELL ON EARTH to do and Jay pretty much had to make all of them because I kept messing them up) so we just snagged a yard of thinner navy fabric from Walmart for $1 and it worked like a charm. You can’t really tell in the pictures, but the buttons are a shade darker than the fabric of the chairs, and the contrast between the two blues is so gorgeous!

You would never know that this table ever had a thing wrong with it and we just couldn’t be prouder of the way it turned out. Though, I will say, that Jay and I have both agreed that we are NEVER doing anything like this again! As thankful as I am that we were able to fix and make this set our own, it took so much work and reupholstering those blessed chairs was the biggest pain in the butt. Upholstery is no joke, people!

So yeah, projects like these are definitely not for the faint of heart and our hands were quite full with all!

But it was the most satisfying feeling when we FINALLY finished everything. I just can’t get over how amazing it looks now and the fact that we did the whole thing ourselves.

I was hoping to have my plate wall for the dining room finished in enough time to show along with the chairs, but I just finished completing my collection and am still deciding on how I want my pretty plates hung. But I’ll have them up very soon!

Well I hope you all enjoyed getting to see the finished product and again, I am so sorry for how long it’s taken me to reveal it to you! Thanks so much for reading and be on the lookout for some more DIY’s coming to the blog for Sybby’s nursery. Eek!



Leave A Comment