I also ordered a pair of upholstered chairs for the ends of the table. They are actually the same chairs I ordered the first time, but a different color fabric. I think the charcoal will be a nice contrast with all of the white furniture and won’t look completely out of place because our sectional is a similar color. The chairs are scheduled to be delivered today.
In other news, re-staining the dining bench has been more difficult than I thought it would be. I sanded it down over the weekend and started to re-stain it, but hated the color, so I had to sand it down again and try again. I spent a lot of time this week researching different finishes, so I have a new plan now that I’m going to try this weekend. Right now it just has a coat of Minwax Weathered Oak.
I also put the dining table together this week. I had originally planned to just work on the bench in case I messed it up. I figured that way I could still return the table and only be out like $50, but I decided to go all-in and work on both at the same time. I’m mostly worried if I do them separately, the finishes might not match and I don’t want them to look wonky next to each other. In the picture below, the table has the original finish and the bench has been sanded plus one coat of stain.
So yeah, not a lot of progress…I’m definitely starting to worry, as per usual with the ORC. In order to get back on track and meet the deadline, by next week I want to have the table and bench stained, make an official decision on if the cup rack will work or not, and finish the roman shade for the back door.
Oh, and thanks for all the feedback on painting the table/bench/chairs! Most of you suggested waiting until everything is put together and living with it as-is for awhile before painting anything. I think that’s pretty solid advice, so that’s my plan for now. OK, here’s the official to-do list:
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
Sell old table on Craigslist
Paint dining chairs?
Hang ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew faux roman shade/valance
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