before and afterchairs

before & after: kitchen table redo + chair makeover

by Kate Pruitt

I love the look of old zinc-topped dining tables and often imagine myself hosting large dinners outdoors were I to own one, but the price tag on those antique beasts can be a bit intimidating. I’m so excited to see that Gina has taken matters into her own hands and created her very own version for a fraction of the cost. It looks like she did an incredible aging job on the metal. The piece already has so much character and richness to it, and I’m sure the finish will only become more beautiful with use. Amazing job, Gina! — Kate

Time: 1/2 day prep and sanding; 1/2 day gluing and distressing

Cost: $200 for zinc sheet; $8 for copper solution; $3 for glue

Basic Steps: I cut sheets of zinc and affixed them to the table with industrial adhesive. Then I hammered repeatedly and used copper solution to age. It’s an easy way to get a new “French bistro” look that gets better with age. It also adds a different metal look/texture when your room is full of wood like ours. — Gina

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Maybe it’s the spring-like color palette or the delicately distressed edges, but I find myself utterly charmed by this little chair makeover from Carla. True, the frame was lovely to begin with, and while I think it could have been simply refinished to bring the plain wood back to luster, the fabric wouldn’t look nearly as good without that minty green to make it pop. Nice job, Carla!

Time: 2 weeks

Cost: $30

Basic Steps: I had this old beautiful chair, and it was always was my idea to do something with it. The “click” came when I saw this fabric in a fabric shop near my village. I bought a piece and decided to do something with the chair. I tested a few colors and found this green, so after I stripped it of the old varnish and started to paint. In the end, I lined the seat, let dry and that’s it!! — Carla

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