I started on a couple of aspects in our dining room this weekend (mainly sanding down a chair to start the refinishing process). After my electric sander pooped out on me, I decided I needed a break from sanding the chair I was working on and do something different for a while (plus my arm was pretty tired from hand-sanding for about an hour). So I decided to head off to my favorite furniture consignment store in search of my shelving unit for our dining room. I wanted a small, unique thrift store find with open shelves – something like a ladder shelf or baker’s shelf – that I could put my cookbooks on, house recipes in a basket, and have a place for our picnic caddy we use for entertaining. It took me about 10 minutes of searching before I found the perfect shelf! And for only $35, I decided to take it home. Here’s the before shot:
After that, I stopped at Home Depot to get a can of white spray paint for this baby (along with more sandpaper for my refinishing job to continue later). I found out halfway through that I actually needed 2 cans for a nice, even coat. Fortunately, we live 2 minutes away from Kelly-Moore Paints, so I drove to get another can and was back in less than 10 minutes. After finishing the second coat, this is the after shot:
After letting it dry outside for a few hours in our car port, it started to rain. By that time it had dried enough for me to move it inside. I put it in the entryway to dry overnight, and then moved it into place this morning! Here’s what it looks like in its new place:
Pretty nice, eh? I’m proud of my find. 🙂
And duh… I forgot to post “before” pictures of the dining room before. I didn’t take many with our previous set up, but I have a couple with the room empty (pre-move in) and some of what it looks like now (which is a mess). After taking these before pictures, I’m even more excited to see what the final product will be!
Note: the following pictures are post-painting. It’s so much brighter now with the ugly green paint gone! You can see the paint transformation of the dining room ceiling here.
I will keep posting as we progress further into our dining room reno. It will probably take a while longer now that the electric sander isn’t holding the sandpaper anymore, but I will keep at it until it’s done!