One weekend while we were visiting my family in Indiana, we went to an antique shop near my parents' home. There was a booth at the shop filled with beautiful furniture from a vendor called the Repurpose Room. This vendor specializes in upcycling furniture - they take old, scratched furniture and refurbish it by sanding it and painting it with bright colors and designs. There was a wonderful dining set there that I really wanted for my home...until I saw the price tag. Upon further investigation, we found out that the Repurpose Room had an entire shop downtown where they sold refurbished furniture, so we went the next day with my mom and my brother's girlfriend to see if they had anything that was more in our price range. They had beautiful furniture and dining sets, but we still thought they didn't fit our budget. But Justin and I were inspired. Why buy a new dining set or one that has been refurbished by someone else when we could refurbish our own dining set and customize it with colors and designs that we wanted?
So that's what we decided to do.
Here's the table from the Repurpose Room that inspired our project:
|I loved everything about this table - the color, the arrow design, the shape.|
|I loved the set of chairs, too - the black paint, the distressed look, the vintage feel.|
|Unfortunately, the table alone was $300. Also, it didn't have a protective coating on it and the arrow design looked poorly done.|
|The set of four chairs was $295, which would have made the dining set almost $600. The chairs also seemed a bit unstable for such a hefty price tag.|
|The table before it was sanded.|
|We have two chairs with this design. It already looks black here, but the paint was chipping to reveal a coat of red paint underneath.|
|We have two of these chairs, as well. Our landlord had reupholstered all four chairs with this fabric, but we planned on changing the fabric once the chairs were repainted and sealed with a protective coat.|
Justin spent all afternoon one Friday sanding the table and chairs on our front porch. Afterward, we laid down a drop cloth in our breakfast nook and transferred everything in there so I could paint.
|The sanded table.|
|Our four sanded chairs.|
|The painted table before I added the design on the tabletop.|
|Painting the underside of the table.|
|My homemade arrow stencil. It took awhile to get this just how I wanted it.|
|The first painted arrow.|
|Pencil outline of the last two arrows.|
|Two down, one to go.|
|The arrows were finally finished. The table was ready for the first polyurethane coat.|
After the chairs were painted, Justin put two polyurethane coats on each one and they were given time to dry. Yesterday, we went out together to pick out the fabric for reupholstering the chair seats. We visited three different fabric stores and couldn't agree on which one we liked best, but we ended up with a design that was very different than what I originally had in mind, but I love it!
|This fabric fits our style perfectly - colorful sugar skulls with green accents the same color as our tabletop.|
Total time to find table/chairs, sand, paint, apply polyurethane, reupholster, reassemble chairs, and clean up: two weeks
Cost of furniture: $14 for table at Goodwill, chairs were free (from my landlord)
Cost of supplies:
Orbital sander: free (we borrowed it)
Paint and sandpaper: $30 at Home Depot
Paint brushes, paint tape, sanding block, polyurethane: $25 at Walmart
Fabric and furniture tacks: $10 at Joann Fabrics
Staple gun and staples: $15 at Walmart
Total cost of "new" dining set with custom color and design: $94
Total cost of table and chairs from Repurpose Room: $595
Money saved: $501
Now, I LOVE the Repurpose Room and their gorgeous furniture, and after doing this project, I definitely understand why they charge so much for their refurbished furniture - it is A LOT of work. But if you are on a budget, I encourage you to do a project like this yourself! Not only did my husband and I get to choose the design, color, and fabric, but we spent some great quality time together working on this project.
Here are some "before and after" photos and some photos of the complete dining set:
|Before and after - the harp chairs.|
|Before and after - the brown chairs.|
|Before and after - the table.|
I had a lot of fun working on this project and am a bit sad that it is over, but now Justin and I can enjoy our "new," upcycled, customized dining set!