11.09.2010

The McCleary Dining Set - Custom Refinish Before & After

The McCleary family brought us this beautiful heirloom that they inherited from a grandmother. The set included the dining set and a buffet. The furniture reigns from the 1920s and I could go on and on about the details on this set. Hopefully my pictures will do justice what a beauty this is and even more what it has become.
Before

As I have mentioned in a few previous posts the set had been painted an olive green and then glazed in a chocolate brown. And just as the McCleary's mentioned it really looked pretty good but they wanted it to match their home and wanted to use it for their family in their dining area.

After

Lisa wanted the top stripped and restained in a cherry walnut and the legs painted white and glazed to accent the new surface.

I have been excited about this set because of all of its unique character and details. And there are so many to mention! First off the table legs are sitting on casters which when on a tiled or wood floor makes it easier to transport and even pull out to insert one of the three leaves.

When shooting pictures of the legs you can see the sea of curves and spindles and blocked wood pieces. The honeycomb type cylinders pop along with the wood detail between each leg. Even the chairs have an additional bar of wood connecting the legs. The rich color of the table top gives the set warmth and elegance. The wood grain on the surface is beautiful.
Notice the embellishments on the table at the corners and on the long flat surface. The horizontal spindled detail gives it character and an old age feel.

There are four chairs and two captain chairs. I am going to do a separate post for the chairs to highlight their details as well. Lisa has picked out new fabric for the upholstered seats and will send pictures of the complete set.
The backs of the chairs have a fun design that would be hard to find today. The glazing really highlights all of the elements that may go unnoticeable otherwise.
I must admit that this set looks like it fits right in my home! If only I were so lucky. And with this final picture I once again need to tell you to take a peak at the legs under the table. Have you ever seen so much going on down there. No - this is not your typical four legged table. . . the elements go on and on!

What a beautiful set to have handed down with so memories and so many more to come!

Next up the matching buffet!

I am linking to the parties on my sidebar.

33 comments:

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

It turned out beautifully! What a great set they'll have for the upcoming holidays!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is a beautiful set! It definitely has some similarities to the "divine" set of mine you commented on. I love the detail these old tables have!

michelle said...

Another beautiful job! I can't imagine all the work that went into all that gorgeous detail! It is just stunning with everything you did!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW this is wonderful, so much work, you must be thrilled! Thanks for linking up!

Myrna said...

You did a beautiful job! Your dining room is just darling!
Blessings,
Myrna

Jenny said...

Wow, this looks beautiful!!!

NanaDiana said...

You didn't disappoint me! I knew it was going to be this beautiful when you showed the first pictures. Tell her when she is tired of that set I would be glad to pick it up and give it a new home. I suppose I can get in line right behind you, huh? Hugs-Diana

Ann said...

How beautiful! I am so glad to see people actually treasure and reuse pieces from the past...especially family pieces!

Patti's Artful Design said...

That table turned out fabulous! Just beautiful!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

That table has amazing detail! You did a beautiful job!

~Michelle

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The table and chairs have so much character and it turned out stunning. Love the finish. What a pretty setting. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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Kacey said...

It is gorgeous! Love those details.

Leigh Ann said...

Beautiful table...beautiful re-do!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful! i love the wood top with the painted and distressed base. it's gorgeous!!!

LuLu said...

It's wonderful!!!!!
xo,
LuLu

clustres said...

Soooo much detailing! Beautiful!

Rebecca said...

What a great, updated look-you can really see the details now!

Biljana said...

Wow!! Looks absolutely beautiful:))
Hugs, Biljana

Michaela said...

This is amazing!! The transformation is undeniably beautiful (: You're awesome!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

this is wayyy too pretty!!! i love it!!

megan said...

wow, it looks great! i love that you kept the top wood and painted the rest. beautiful!

April@gingerbreadgirl said...

very cute....love it

Restoration House said...

It's beautiful! Love it!
Kim

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff party!

http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

Cheri said...

What a transformation - you must just love it!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Ah yes, olive green. I grew up with olive green and orange. What a beautiful transformation! And so many details. I can't begin to imagine the time involved, but it truly is lovely.

Would love you to stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Wow! There are so many details on these pieces! The white is so classic and lovely!

Gloria Fox said...

Looks beautiful. This sealed the deal that I'm going to stain the top of my table. Mine is very similar to this one and I've been debating on painting or staining the top.

SavannahGranny said...

This set is so beautiful. It is similar to one my daughter has. It is so funny. We refinished it the same way. Top natural bottom white, lightly distressed.
This one is beautiful. We did the buffet the same way. Top natural, bottom white. She is enjoying and I covet it.
Ginger

Deborah March said...

BEAUTIFUL up-do! Can't go wrong with WHITE!

http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/2011/09/loving-stencilsagain.html

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

gorg. TOTALLY love. GREAT JOB. Shared this on COM-FB. winks-jen

Meg said...

Look at the lines on that sucker! Amazing! I love the re-do, great job!

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