Dining Room

Change Of Plans – Black Table, Green Chairs

So here’s how this came about. 🙂

On Friday, I had a farmhouse dining table with a stained top and green base, right?

diy farmhouse dining table - stained top with dark green apron and legs - 1

Right. I loved how that looked, but I decided it would only work if I used that table with dining chairs that were painted black and had the stained cane backs. I just didn’t want solid black chairs.

So Friday morning, I got to work on one of the chairs. The cane backs on these chairs were looking pretty rough because the finish had been worn off of them in spots, so the finish was really blotchy. I figured I could fix it with new stain.

Wrong. I tried two different products — Restore-A-Finish, which is one of those products that says you don’t have to strip anything and it’ll make it look like new again, and Rust-Oleum stain. The Restore-A-Finish didn’t work at all. I had a bit more success with the Rust-Oleum stain (I chose that because it’s kind of the middle of the road between a penetrating stain and a gel stain), but after it dried, it still looked really splotchy. I’m sure I could have added several more coats to get everything a uniform color, but with more coats, the cane would have just gotten darker and darker — almost black — and that would defeat the purpose.

At that point, I basically had two options. The first option would be to completely strip the cane and then stain it. Well, I’m pretty dedicated to DIY, but the thought of completely stripping the cane backs on six chairs just seemed foolish to me. The other option, of course, was to paint them. And while I was working on the cane back, and failing to come up with a solution that actually worked and looked good, I got a delivery from UPS. It was the black and white striped fabric that I had ordered for my chairs when I had planned to paint them green.

So I decided to change directions. I gave the table a coat of black paint, and then started prepping my chairs for paint. Green paint.

dining table and chairs progress - black farmhouse table with green cane back chairs

The table still needs another coat of paint, but the chairs are completely painted. I used my Critter sprayer* to paint them (I can’t imagine painting cane backs any other way), and it went pretty quickly.

Those chairs took quite a bit of prep work, though. Two of them were really wobbly, so I had to use lots of wood glue, screws, and clamps to get them sturdy again. And while I was at it, I went ahead and added all new screws through the inside corner braces on the other four side chairs just to make sure they would stay sturdy. Then I sanded all of the chairs by hand with 150-grit sandpaper, primed with oil-based Zinsser Cover Stain (sprayed with my Critter), sanded them again with 220-grit sandpaper, and then finished up with two coats of Sherwin Williams Derbyshire mixed in Behr satin finish paint.

I still have to reupholster the seats, but here’s a peek of the fabric that I got.

dining table and chairs progress - black farmhouse table with green cane back chairs - 2

I got it here, and it’s a great fabric. I’m always concerned that the whites in fabric are going to look off-white or cream or even taupe in person, but this actually looks white. And the fabric was a great price at only $8.98/yard. It’s also a great weight for dining chairs, pillows, draperies, etc. I wouldn’t really use it to upholster a sofa, but for smaller items or items that won’t get as much wear and tear, it’s great!

And here’s a look at everything along with the colorful watercolor fabric I’ll be using in the two end chairs.

dining table and chairs progress - black farmhouse table with green cane back chairs - 3

I’m hoping to get the side chairs upholstered today, and if I can get the second coat of paint on the table base, then I’ll actually have the major dining room project finished! (Well, except for building and upholstering those end chairs.) The next biggest project will be draperies, and I’m still undecided on those. I just can’t seem to land on an idea that really makes me excited, but maybe having a finished dining table and chairs will help me with that decision.



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    Laurie
    March 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Good change. I think the table looks better in black.

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      Gaye
      March 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

      oh so agree…black is far better choice…good going Kristi!

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      Ashley Johnson
      March 21, 2016 at 10:18 am

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The black looks great and i love that look with the stripe fabrics in the green chairs

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    Brenda Pawloski
    March 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I agree with Laurie, I like the black on the table and the green on the chairs. I am figuring our at my advanced age that if you think you always have to stick with your first choice in design you are either going to be unhappy or unproductive.

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      Brenda Pawloski
      March 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

      or both

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      marie
      March 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      I agree with you there. I often feel if I don’t go with my gut instinct and it turns out ‘not so great’ I’m slower to do another project. I love the black here..

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    JILL NELSON
    March 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I apologize if you’ve already done this…I would greatly appreciate you explaining how you thoroughly clean your paint sprayer after using oil based paints. I have 2 sprayers – lucky girl that I am! – but I’m afraid to use oil based paints in them in fear I won’t get it clean enough after and thereby ruin the machines…

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

      The sprayer that I use is made of all metal and glass, so it’s perfectly safe to clean it with mineral spirits. After I clean the glass jar, and clean all of the exposed parts, I put a little bit of mineral spirits into the jar and spray it so that it cleans inside the sprayer.

      I would be very careful about using mineral spirits on plastic, though. I’m sure the owners manual that came with your sprayer will tell if you can use it with oil-based products, and if so, what you should use to clean it, and how to go about it.

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        Melissa K
        March 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

        Also do you clean your sprayer out between coats? Like if you spray a coat and you have to let that dry do you clean out your sprayer until you have to spray your second coat?

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          Kristi
          March 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

          That depends on how long I plan to wait between coats. If I only have time for one coat that day, and plan to finish up the next day, then I clean it out. If I plan to come back to it in a couple of hours and finish up, then I don’t bother with cleaning it out. The nozzle on the Critter sprayer is tiny, so I just stick a straight pin in it to plug it up while waiting between coats. 😀

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            Melissa K
            March 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

            Thank you!

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            Justin
            March 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

            The straight pin is a neat idea. My critter sprayer got gummed-up in-between coats of latex (it was a hot day and everything was drying fast) and once that happens, it can be a production to get it clear.. I’ll bet the pin helps a lot.

            I really wish they’d make a bigger version of the Critter sprayer that sprays a bigger area and takes quart jars for larger projects (which I suppose you could do anyway if you made the straw longer). It’s really a great tool.

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        Karen
        March 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Kristi, I bought the critter sprayer because of your review. I used it on a set of chairs. The finish was grainy. Not smooth at all. I tried adjusting the pressure, adjusting the nozzle, diluting the paint to no avail. Does yours come out really smooth?

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          Kristi
          March 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

          Oh, I hate to hear that! I’ve only had that issue with oil-based primer, but it didn’t bother me since I always sand my primer with 220-grit sandpaper before painting anyway.

          What brand of paint did you use? Could that be the issue? I know some paint brands are thicker than others, and since the sprayer does spray out a mist of paint, if the paint is too thick it could just sit there on the surface, producing that grainy look/feel.

          And I wonder if paint conditioner would help any. It sounds like the paint is drying too fast, and not being given time to smooth itself out once it’s sprayed onto the surface. One of the things that paint conditioner does is extend the drying time of the paint, giving it time to spread out and even out before it really starts to dry.

          I hope you can find something that works — either paint conditioner or another brand of paint. Because I absolutely love my Critter, and I always get such a beautiful finish with it!

          Oh…one more thing…you might also try turning the pressure down as low as it can go while still spraying the paint out enough to coat the surface. It could be that if you have it turned up too high, just the force of the paint mist being propelled through the air at such a high speed could be actually drying out the paint a bit before it even hits the surface that you’re trying to paint, causing the paint to hit and stick in tiny little droplets. Hope that makes sense! I keep my compressor set between 90 and 100 when using my sprayer, but other compressors might be slightly different.

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            Karen
            March 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

            I’m pretty sure it was Behr paint. And the pressure was at 90. I did dilute it with water. I’ll try the floetrol and see if that helps. I did spray primer first and it was all oil based. I’ll try again and see what happens. Thanks for the reply

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            Justin
            March 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

            I’ve hit the grainy thing with the critter and Behr paint as well, but it wasn’t a huge problem since I was planning to use a wax-based finish and that smoothed things out in the end. I think the cause was a combination of a few things.

            For one, I was spraying outdoors on a hot summer day. I think Kristi’s right about it drying before it can smooth out. I bought some floetrol but haven’t tried it yet. I may have to use it on my next project because I bought the “paint with primer” product (not thinking) and I have a hunch it’ll be too thick for the critter on its own.

            I also hit it whenever there was moisture in the line. Small pancake compressors will accumulate condensation inside the tank. The simple way to remove it is to de-pressurize the tank using the drain on the bottom. If you put your hand in front of the air as it comes out the plug, you’ll actually feel the water spraying out. I think they sell inline filters you can use, too, that catch the water before it hits the sprayer. That’s why you see a big focus on electric sprayers being “airless”, which don’t use air to propel the paint, so they can’t pick-up any water.

            I also had problems after cleaning the sprayer with mineral spirits (as Kristi described above). I had to spray quite a bit of extra paint to get a nice spray again the next time I used it. I assume there was residual mineral spirits in the gun and it was essentially over-dilluting the paint. In your case, I wonder if maybe dilluting the paint with water is the root cause. Maybe you’d have better luck with the floetrol.

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          Kristi
          March 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm

          I forgot to say…when I first got my Critter, it seemed like it took me forever to get it set just right so that it would spray enough paint and leave a nice finish. I don’t know why I had such a hard time with it at first, and I almost gave up on it. But I kept working with it, and after about 20 minutes or so, I got it perfect. Now I just know how everything is supposed to be set, so it’s much easier. But that very first time was a pain, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up! Now having used the Critter and also my new Wagner Flexio which comes with a detail sprayer for furniture and smaller items, I can tell you that I much prefer the Critter for furniture. The finish is so much nicer, and the spray is much more even.

          Don’t give up! I hope you can get it set just right so that you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

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        JILL NELSON
        March 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        Thanks! The directions DO tell me how to clean…but I really like to hear “real” people tell me their experiences! I don’t think the product manuals lie but they do have the bias of trying to sell their products… I appreciate the advise and may have to consider adding a 3rd sprayer to my arsenal just for the benefit of a glass jar!

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      Melissa K
      March 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thank you for asking this! I wondered about this too 🙂

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    Christine
    March 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

    The table, as with most of your pictures, looks better with a cat on it! Love these pictures!

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      CB MacDuff
      March 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      I can’t help but giggle when I see Kristi’s cat in the photos – we have a photo bombing pup, that insists on getting into EVERY picture possible – if he even hears the camera ‘beep on’ he comes running!

      But I also must admit that when I first started reading this latest blog post as soon a Kristi mentioned the “Critter Sprayer” — I thought that she was making a pun at the kitty on the table – LOL (‘critter sprayer’ could work for a kitty that doesn’t want to leave all of the DIY’ing to mamma alone – hehehehhe)

      LOVE the direction that you are moving with the colors Kristi!! I’m SO happy that you are doing some fun decorating again!

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      Rebecca B
      March 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I agree too. I always enjoy it when Peeve makes a guest appearance in Kristi’s blog photos.

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    Tracy Carroll
    March 21, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Looks great! May I suggest getting a couple cans of scotchguard and spraying those seat cushions when you are all finished. I sprayed some accent chairs in my living room and I love how they just wipe up with warm water, even sticky grape jelly came right off! I know you don’t have kids, but white at the dining room table makes me so nervous!

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      Pam
      March 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I thought the same thing…love Scotchgard! Anything that gets on my chairs wipes right off and you can’t even tell it’s there!

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    Sheila F
    March 21, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I prefer the black table and green chairs. Looks great!

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    Theresa
    March 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I liked the table in green, but I like it better black! Can you throw your floral/paint-ish fabric in one of the pictures, so we can see that in the mix.

    Regarding window treatments, as much as I love the idea of black, I’m feeling like full drapes in black might get pretty heavy and dark in there (even with the white walls, floral/paint-ish fabric, etc.). Might be better to stick to roman shades on all the windows. But, then you can’t use your amazing acrylic rods. 🙁 Would it be crazy to pull in some other color? Like coral or yellow?

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

      I was actually thinking of coral! I’m also worried that the black will be too heavy and dreary, and now I’m thinking something really bold and bright on the windows would be good.

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        Deb
        March 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

        OMG. TOTALLY agree on the Coral.

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        Theresa
        March 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

        Now that you’ve included the floral fabric in the picture, I’m thinking coral drapes would be very pretty and bright!

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        Marianne in Mo.
        March 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

        Yes! Coral would look awesome!

        Glad you switched direction on the table and chairs, they look really nice. I liked the other too, but I think this look is better.

        I know that stripe fabric very well! When I worked at the decorating store, we couldn’t keep it in stock! It is a bit thin for upholstery as you said, but will work good for your use.

        You may consider this tip – add a fusible web backing. It will give it strength and keep the fabric from stretching when it is sat on. The weave of that fabric is a bit loose, and in my experience with it, it can stretch pretty good.

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I just added a picture with the floral watercolor fabric. 🙂

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      Lauren
      March 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      My opinion is to do WHITE pinch pleated drapery with the Dwell watercress/green fabric from your June 30th post on the leading edge. Anything else on the windows would be a missed opportunity to subtly tie in your music room doors with the dining room! I like the coral limited to just your buffet, which I think looks great.

      Re: your host chairs, if you are game to put the work into to building them, I hope you’ll 1st revisit reconfiguring your darling wing chairs with taller legs & the Tutti Frutti watercolor upholstery on their backs. I think the best part about your new dining chairs is the height of them, which is key when you have a standard ceiling height. The wing chairs would look fab with the height and gravitas they give the room; however, with the table placed the way you have it, I’m guessing they would significantly block the view of the fireplace, and I can understand that they would be heavy to slide in & out (even with Magic Slides nailed in the feet). If you like how they look around the table, though, you could always bring over the armchairs that you are planning to put on each side of the buffet when you have company, and move the wing chairs to the side of the buffet temporarily (does the door hit them?).

      If the wing chairs are definitely out as host chairs, I think the armchairs from the set would be great host chairs if you wrap the back completely like the photo from Blesser Home you showed in an earlier post, in order to provide enough contrast/interest with the set.

      Lastly, I would love to see a glam mirror above your fireplace. With that watercolor fabric choice clearly you are ready to go big or go home when it comes to style in that room (& kitchen). I vaguely remember you are near Waco, so here are some quick finds:
      https://waco.craigslist.org/hsh/5498522478.html
      https://waco.craigslist.org/for/5478321703.html (hard to pass up a Pagoda mirror)
      Even this simple one:
      https://waco.craigslist.org/fuo/5499381084.html
      And if you don’t want to redo the molding above the fireplace to suit a mirror, this might fit the current opening: https://waco.craigslist.org/fuo/5440738040.html

      I’m a designer so just my 2 cents! Really enjoy your site.
      p.s. would love to see your dog in the next shot of the room — he would look so chic with his black color! 🙂

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        Lauren
        March 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        One last thing: I would strongly suggest laminating the b&w striped fabric on the seats. There are tutorials online for fusing it on if you don’t want to send it out.

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    Kathy
    March 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Your fabric source link isn’t working. I love the decision. And I love green, but the combo of green chair and black table seems better to me. Loving this choice.

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    Lucy
    March 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I can’t wait to see it finished! Don’t forget to post pictures of it all done!

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    Sue2
    March 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

    The table and chairs looks very nice, Kristi. I’m glad to hear you are reconsidering the black draperies.

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    Arli
    March 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Have you thought of using that multicolored fabric (that you wanted to use on the head chairs) for the curtains? Or would that be too much? I like the idea of coral. 🙂

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

      I considered that, and even looked for a picture online of drapery panels made from that fabric. I did find one, and it looks a little bit busy for my taste. I haven’t ruled it out completely, but I think I prefer that fabric to be used on the end chairs at the table instead. But that could change tomorrow! 😀

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        Rebecca B
        March 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

        This is so exciting. The dining room is going to be a riot of color … in a very tasteful way. That floral fabric probably would make nice drapes. I can’t wait until the end of this story!

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    Laurie
    March 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I also think that the striped chair fabric will look stunning with the black curtains with the Greek key trim.

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    Nancy Foeller
    March 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Love! Love! Love!

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    Susan B
    March 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

    The table looks so much better in black! The green made it look farmhouse to me, and that clashes with your over all classic look. The chairs are so pretty in green, and on the chairs it looks less matchy with your kitchen. Not sure why, but seems more balanced.

    I am not sure about that fabric on the chairs, I have a feeling you will be removing that fabric after a couple are done. What if you did white curtains with the black and white stripe edging? Then find some fun fabric and bring in coral via the chairs.

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    Dana
    March 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I am so glad that you went with black on the table! When you painted it green the first thing I thought was “Oh no! it looks like the country table that my mother-in-law had.” The black adds that touch of sophistication to a traditionally more casual style table. This fits in much more with the classy with the unexpected rustic added in style you have in other parts of your home like gold and concrete in the kitchen.

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    Karen
    March 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love the table as it looks now! And I think the chairs are looking really great in green – much better than the table legs imho! I’m looking forward to seeing them with the striped fabric but can already imagine them as awesome. Very good choice to change the colour distribution again 🙂

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    Em
    March 21, 2016 at 9:56 am

    How exciting! Love how the different components look in the first photo.

    Sometimes you plan something one way, and life redefines it for you! Unique and beautiful!!

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    Erin
    March 21, 2016 at 9:57 am

    What about a white faux silk curtain? You could get some colorful tie backs and drape them for a very luxurious look. Also I love the look of the chairs and table, it’s so rich and elegant. What if you nixed the coral in the room and repainted your buffet black or green for a uniform black, green and white look? And maybe find some great brass handles for it? Just a thought, bc the look of the table and chairs looks so wonderful with the fabric and the 3 main colors. I’m sure whatever you do will look amazing!

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      Erin
      March 21, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Oh and I love the watercolor fabric! Didn’t see that when I first posted. What about using in your breakfast room or another room you’ve yet to add window treatments too? I just love the simple elegance you have going on here. And thanks for fixing the fabric site link, I am shopping now! 🙂

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    Guerrina
    March 21, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Love the classic black base! I’ll admit there is no way I can “be in your head” to visualize the finished product so looking forward to each post!

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    Jamie
    March 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    The table is stunning. What black paint did you use?

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I just used pure black Behr paint in a satin finish. I don’t think it’s on a paint chip. I just go directly to the paint desk and ask for pure black.

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        Jamie
        March 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        Thank you for the info. I have a table I want to paint and the finish on your table is exactly what I am looking for.

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    Deb
    March 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    The watercolor fabric makes the whole ensemble. Just a pop of color in the right places. I really did like the green table, but I think where you are headed also looks great. Everything ties together without being matchy matchy.

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    Robbyn
    March 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I love the table painted black! I liked the green too, but wondered if it might look a little too 90’s country. I think the green chairs with the modern stripes are a much better and less 90’s look. Can’t wait to see it all put together!
    And I really, really hope you go for coral curtains. That would look amazing!

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    Fern
    March 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I liked the table with green legs, but now that I see the black, I absolutely love it! The black gives it an air of sophistication. Can’t wait to see it all put together. 😃

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    Sandy
    March 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’m loving the direction you’re headed in, so I don’t know why I need to add my two cents….but I think the drapes would look beautiful in coral with the black Greek key edge. I think it would tie in nicely with the buffet. Also, was wondering if there is some detail on the chairs that could be highlighted with gold to really tie in with your beautiful kitchen cabinets.

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    Susan
    March 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I love that your work evolves to the best possible scenario instead of just getting it done! I want to spray paint some queen anne chairs. What was the product you used to prime the wood chairs and is the process difficult? Keep up the good work. Thanks, Susan

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    Connie
    March 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Kristi, once the table and chairs a finished, why not set up the table as it will be when you finish. Either with dinner settings or with whatever accessories you may use when the table is not set for dining. Doing a vignette may give you a better ‘feel’ for what type of window coverings you prefer in the room. It has helped me before so maybe it might be useful to you, too.

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    Lillian
    March 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Can’t wait to see the finish! The black is very nice,and I while I realize your decor dilemma, I personally still like the all black chairs better 🙂 As for the black and white stripe fabric,maybe with thinner stripes, but as is, me no like, sorrryyy, it’s too cartoon prison uniformy like. But then again what do I know about decorating? Nothing,nada xD so it’ll probably look beautiful!

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    Janae
    March 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I love the black!! I wasn’t really wowed with the green before but now the chairs look awesome! Great job!

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    Peggy
    March 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

    As always you manage to continue to work your magic (talent)! I really liked the green on the table but the black with green chairs makes more sense now that you have made those changes. I think the top of the table is beautiful and how fun the bold stripe and your colorful accent fabric will look on your chairs. I can’t wait to see it. The window treatments will come together just like everything else. Happy creating!

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    carswell
    March 21, 2016 at 11:35 am

    LOL. When I saw the table with the green base last week I thought to myself “that would look better black and save the green for the chairs”.

    The table looks great, by the way. Much better.

    Great minds and all that.

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    Char
    March 21, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Looks much better than the green. And you’ve done wonderful work as usual. But I’m not a fan of the green chairs. Or the striped fabric. The whole thing looks too busy and jarring to me. I know you are a fan of color and so am I. But the whole combination look garish to me. I think it would look much better with black chairs and maybe a solid green on the seats. Just my opinion. You must please yourself.

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    Elizabeth
    March 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I did this colour combination on a kitchen table and loved it. Your’s looks superduper….great.

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    Mad Margaret
    March 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Love the black! Was planning to paint the base of my table white and the chairs either white or another color. You have inspired me to paint the base black and then decide about the chair colors. Thanks.

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    Mrs Mike
    March 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    WOW! I wouldn’t have thought I would have liked green on the chair, but it really makes the black and white stripe pop (ha ha, didn’t think I’d like the green cabinets in the kitchen, but they’re fabulous too!) and your floral fabric looks lovely next to it as well. You have such a great eye for color and knowing what you like!

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    Patricia
    March 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Love the black table- I think that’s just a pleasing way to go. And the cat in the colors of the room is really a stroke of genius. ;0)
    I have a terrible time mixing fabrics in my home. Is there enough of a black in the floral to make it”go” with the stripes? I just have the worst time making sense of the mixing and matching of fabrics. How do you know what goes together?

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      Kristi
      March 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      There’s not really any black in the floral fabric, but I plan to add black piping and trim to the chair.

      I don’t really know that there are any hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing fabrics, but I generally try to find one fabric that has all of the colors that I want to use (in this case, the watercolor floral), and then pull colors from that for other fabrics. I like to mix a pattern like a floral, with strips, a geometric, a solid (or two or three) of various textures.

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        Joyce
        March 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

        I think black piping with the floral fabric will look fantastic, but I wonder if the fully-upholstered chairs will be heavy or cumbersome to slide back and forth when sitting at the table. Personally, I think I’d place them by the buffet and stick with the armchairs (painted black) for the ends of the table. Also, switching to black for the table base has upped the sophistication level (in my humble opinion). I thought the table had more of a farmhouse-kitchen look when the base was green.

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          Patricia
          March 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm

          We have wood floors in the dining room and if the chairs have felt on the legs it will be easy to push them in and out.

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        Patricia
        March 21, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        Thanks . I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. 😊

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    Sue @ Serendipity
    March 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    LOVE all of it!!

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    jill
    March 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Have you thought about maybe a tiny touch of rub n buff highlight somewhere on the chairs? Maybe along that arched piece above the caning or on the very bottom portion of the legs?
    I guess I would have to see it, but mostly solid black drapes sounds really, really heavy!

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      Lauren
      March 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Was just coming here to the comment section to say Rub N Buff would be nice on the finials on the chairs!

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    Melody
    March 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    What about a very soft gold drapery to play off your brass fixtures. Gold always looks so good with green and black. It is my fav neutral!!

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    Paige
    March 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    LOVE!!!!!!!! It’s going to look so amazing when it is done. Great job!

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    Dale
    March 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Kristi, i love your table with the black legs!!! Also, your taste in fabric so my taste, i love it!!! I think coral might work with your drapes, especially with your beautiful coral/orange buffet nearby & that color in your floral fabric!! Looking gorgeous as always! 💚

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    Pat Wilson
    March 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    love the table BLACK !Help me out please .Bought Deglosser to use on my cabinets to prepare them for a darker stain. We are confused why the deglosser is making them so shiny and smooth.Is it suppose to do that ? we expected it to DULL them.

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    Justin
    March 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I have to admit, I still prefer the green table, personally. But given that the stained cane didn’t work out and that you’ve committed to using the black striped fabric, I think it was a wise choice to swap the colors. Black fabric on black chairs just wouldn’t have looked right next to a green table.

    About the drapes… I’m thinking that you have a lot of square horizontal and vertical lines in your room (the table, the chairs, the wainscoting, the striped seats, etc.) and I’m wondering if maybe the drapes wouldn’t be a nice spot to break that up. Maybe back to a floral pattern or just some nice bright solid color panels. Just a thought.

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    Sharon C
    March 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I liked the table legs/apron green, but I too, am really loving it black. I think it has taken the table up a notch in sophistication. The chairs look great painted green, but now I’m wondering how much more classy would they look if they were painted black and upholstered with the black and white fabric, then have your draperies in coral to mimic your buffet and the watercolor fabric for the end chairs. I think that combination would look really super stunning and gorgeous….black, white, coral and the watercolor fabric. Classy color combination without it being a kaleidoscope of too many colors…..does that make sense?

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      Dale
      March 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! I think it would look so classy and put together!

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      Dale
      March 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      I was thinking the same thing! I think it would look beautiful and so put together!

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    Marcia
    March 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I have used restore-a-finish and it worked miracles

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    Liz
    March 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    What about white curtains with a band of coral, or a band of the patterned fabric (if it looks good in a narrow strip)? As always, your work amazes me!

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    Alta Craig
    March 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I too think the black base is more sophisticated. But rather than go to the work of building two end chairs, why not use your matching armchairs and pad the backs and upholster them in the watercolor fabric with black piping, leaving the legs visible and painting them black? I saw a show on HGTV a year or so ago that did this, though they simply sewed a slipcover for the dining chair backs after wrapping them in foam.

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    Marigene
    March 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I am so happy you are doing the chairs green! Can’t wait to see everything done, now.

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    Mary Anne Looby
    March 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Surprised you didn’t try something like tung oil. It would restore the cane, add needed moisture, and darken it. Oh well, too late now. You mentioned in one of your responses that you like mix fabrics as in floral, stripe, geometric. Your non stripe fabric is an abstract. I think both of you fabrics lend themselves to a modern look. You have a very traditional room with all of the molding, a farm table, a French buffet, Spanish chairs, a traditional chandelier and modern fabrics. I think you are going to have to figure out a way to pull everything together. I am sure you will be able to do it. Blessings

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    LORRAINE
    March 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    This might seem like a nitpicking question… but are you going to spray paint the undersides of the chairs green? I know you won’t see them when they are upholstered but as one who paints furniture for a living I always paint the undersides of any chairs that I do..!!

    I love the black table base and the chairs are looking fantastic. I would keep your buffet coral and I like the suggestion from a previous post… white curtains with the edging to match your music room doors. Looking forward to seeing the end result. 🙂

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    Rosie
    March 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Wow! What a difference. I hope the paint adheres well to the cane.

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    Laniece Watkins
    March 22, 2016 at 12:28 am

    The finials on your chairs look like they were just made for your chandelier! I don’t think you could have found more perfect chairs for your room! I LOVE your chairs. And, I LOVE a bargain! So, that makes them even more wonderful! 🙂 I’m so glad you painted them all green and you painted your table black. It’s going to look marvelous!! I love seeing the daylight through the green cane! It’s so happy!! 🙂 Here’s an idea…can the wing chairs go in the music room? I seem to remember that you were thinking about having a sitting area in your music room. Maybe the wing chairs could be perfect in there? Regarding the window treatments…I’m kind of leaning toward white draperies with the green edging that mimics your music room doors. (at least today I am.) 😉 I know you will figure out the perfect window treatment. It’s all looking gorgeous!

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    Zovesta
    March 22, 2016 at 2:01 am

    I just have to add… coral drapes, yes!! Maybe that’s because I adore coral, but hey, I think it would look amazing. Green, white, and black is such a strong combination that putting any more of those colours on the drapes might seem a bit heavy… but I know you love the combo, so you should pick what you like best! I think some coral would help break it up and tie in the buffet, though. =]

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    Maggie Obst
    March 22, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Well I never! But after reading what you tried to do on the cane chairs. I completely understand you painting them. And the black and white material will look fantastic. The table I love along with your cat sitting on it.

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    angela
    March 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I’d have to say those coral draperies look absolutely stunning in that photo you found online because of the beautiful periwinkle blue on the walls. I’m not saying that they won’t also be gorgeous on your polar bear white walls, but I’m commenting to keep that in mind.

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    Beck
    March 23, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Linen! Beautiful, soft, elegant linen to ground the colour and tie the beautiful scheme together.

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    Sue
    March 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

    While I liked your table with green legs, I do think I like the black a bit better. It’s very sharp and I think the black and white stripe seat cushions will be a great contrast.

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    Ann LaFortune
    March 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

    What about White Linen panels with a 2″-3″ band of that colorful print on the leading edges? Maybe along the top too

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BCtEUbTSvy_/?taken-by=lafortunelinens

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    Debi
    March 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Your room is coming together nicely…like me changing your mind along the way…As for drapes, what about white linen ceiling to a puddle on the floor with a 20 inch coral stripe starting about 10 inches from the top of the drape. I think it would keep the room feeling light with a splash of color instead of solid colored drapes which would close the room up..you’ll end up bringing in more color with accessories anyway..I think it would balance out your coral around the room without being over powering

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