Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fear

Cottage Dining Nook Transformation - The Table - Part 5


All over blogland, people are painting their furniture, transforming whatever they own into beautiful pieces. I'm in awe of what they can do. Me? I'm completely terrified to ruin a piece every time I have the idea to paint. I'm also afraid of missing the wood once it's painted.

Sur les blogs, les gens peignent leurs meubles, transformant tout ce qu'ils possèdent en de petites merveilles. J'admire ce qu'ils sont capables de faire. Moi ? Je suis terrifiée à chaque fois que je me lance dans l'aventure : j'ai peur de massacrer le meuble et je crains de regretter l'aspect bois plus tard.



I have paint-fear, bad.

Je suis une angoissée de la peinture.

 
Still once I became the proud second-hand owner of my darling old English pine hutch, I knew something had to be done about my shiny yellowy cheap pine table that was right in front of it.

Cependant, lorsque je suis devenue l'heureuse deuxième propriétaire d'un adorable buffet en vieux pin anglais, je savais qu'il fallait que je fasse un sort à ma table en pin bon marché, jaune et très brillant, située juste devant.

 
I decided I could paint it without fearing to ruin it (I couldn't do worse than it was) and without fearing to miss the wood, since I really didn't like it.


Je me suis dit que je pouvais la peindre sans trop de risques de regretter cet affreux bois et sans craindre de faire plus mal que ce qui existait.

I began by sanding the table. This was done for two main reasons. First, I still had the tiniest hope that once stripped, the table could be restained. Second, if not, I wanted to make sure the paint wouldn't peel when applied.

J'ai commencé par poncer la table. J'avais deux raisons de ne pas négliger cette étape. D'abord, il me restait un tout petit espoir que le bois soit récupérable sous l'épaisse couche de vernis jaune. Ensuite, si tel n'était pas le cas, je voulais être sûre que la peinture adhère bien car la table est utilisée quotidiennement.

Life at Cottage is always so comfortable...
It quickly appeared that I didn't really like the wood even when raw. Still, I was patient and sanded for several days (I didn't sand all day, though).

Dès que j'ai commencé le ponçage, j'ai vu que le bois ne serait pas récupérable tel quel. Je me suis donc armée de patience et j'ai tout de même fini, en plusieurs après-midis, de mettre ma table à nu.

Weekend at my parents'. Life's hard...
There, any good blogger would have applied several coats of paint right away. I? I went to visit my parents for a few days... I'm sure it did the wood good to stay in its raw state for a while.

A ce stade-là, tout blogueur se serait précipité sur ces pinceaux, moi j'ai laissé ma table respirer et je suis partie pour le week-end chez mes parents!


Then, I applied one coat of primer, three coats of my favourite All White by Farrow & Ball, starting by the legs. Once the legs were reattached, I painted the top. You can see on my pictures that I didn't painted under the table, because I was too lazy to sand there.


Au retour, une sous-couche, trois couches de mon cher All White de chez Farrow & Ball, en commençant par les pieds de table. J'ai ensuite remonté la table pour peindre le plateau. Vous pouvez voir sur mes photos que je n'ai pas peint le dessous de la table car c'était trop compliqué à poncer à mon goût.

Once I was happy with the coverage, I slightly sanded the legs so the wood would reappear on the edges. It's very discreet, which is very unblogy, but just the way I like it.

My usual trick to apply paint or topcoat to the leg... Use cat food tins!
Ensuite, j'ai passé un très, très léger coup de papier de verre sur les arêtes des pieds de la table pour faire apparaître le bois. Je sais, c'est beaucoup trop discret par rapport à ce qui se fait sur les blogs, mais c'est ce que moi, je voulais.  

Then I applied a topcoat. I chose a water-based, mate finish one. It does look shiny on the pictures, that's because of the light coming from the window. Now, let's also be honest, even in the mate finish, the topcoat does make the table a little shinier than it was before it was applied, but it's so easy to wipe the table with a wet cloth, that I would do it again, no question.


Ensuite, j'ai verni. Oui, je sais, j'ai toujours dit que je détestais le vernis. Mais je ne voulais pas avoir des angoisses chaque fois que la table est utilisée. Cela paraît un peu brillant sur les photos, mais c'est la lumière de la fenêtre qui crée cet effet. J'ai choisi un vernis à l'eau et au fini mat. Maintenant, pas de mensonge, même le verni mat dépose un léger voile brillant sur la peinture, mais c'est tellement pratique de pouvoir nettoyer la table d'un coup d'éponge que je ne regrette pas. 

Milo, trapped during the photo session.
Painting the table white was the best solution to fall in love with my dining nook again. Now the table doesn't hurt my eyes anymore and the hutch is the perfect wood touch I wanted in my room. Something I didn't expect, but that makes me smile every time I come into the room is how the light coming from the window now reflects on the table rather than being absorbed by it as before.



Peindre la table en blanc m'a permis de retomber amoureuse de mon coin repas. La table ne heurte plus le regard et le buffet suffit à apporter la touche de bois que je voulais dans cette pièce. Bonus, que je n'avais pas anticipé, la table n'absorbe plus la lumière venant de la fenêtre et la pièce paraît plus claire.

 
I think I well deserve to enjoy my table and have a cup of tea. For once, no need to add a tablecloth before I take pictures!

Je crois que j'ai bien mérité de profiter de ma table pour prendre une bonne tasse de thé et me détendre. Plus rien à faire, ouf ! 

 
Aaaahhh! So nice! Everything is perfect! Now, wait! Do those chairs look a little too shiny and yellowy to you?

Tout est parfait ! Enfin ! Euh, attendez un peu... C'est moi ou ces chaises semblent un peu jaunes et brillantes ?

See you soon,

A bientôt,


PS1: Apart from my painting power, I have an other amazing power, the one to destroy my own body without the help of anyone else! It works in crisis. Sometimes all is well and I can do a great number of things in a day... The last two weeks have been very, very difficult, so I don't think I'll tackle the chair project any time soon. I'd like to thank Melanie from Comfy House who gave me a hint for a new diet that might help me. Emphasis on the "might".

PS1 : Je n'ai pas été au top de ma forme ces derniers jours, je remets donc à plus tard le projet "chaises", mais si vous êtes patientes, je devrais m'y mettre... un jour...

PS2: The unpainted part only shows if you're kneeling on the floor under the table. So I advise you not to!

PS3: I'm linking with the following parties:

 Met Monday         Dwellings-the Heart of You Home          http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-154.html                                       
Elizabeth and Co.            Vintage Inspiration Party           http://diybydesign.blogspot.fr/2015/10/fall-into-fall-its-party-237.html               

http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/10/before-after-wednesday-week-66.html  H&GT BUTTON FALL                               

68 comments:

  1. Hope you will soon feel better! The table looks lovely although I would have preferred if you had sanded and painted the bottom part too or at least only sanded. Waiting for the chairs but don't overdo it!AriadnefromGreece!

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  2. Très jolie ta table et tu as bien fait de la vernir, elle doit rester pratique si tu veux continuer à l'utiliser. Alors évidemment, les chaises choquent un peu sur les photos ;-).
    Décidément, ces derniers temps ne sont pas très cléments pour toi. Bon rétablissement et prends ton temps, la déco doit rester un plaisir...
    Bon dimanche.
    Nathalie

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  3. I've wait years tomdo it ; 0)
    And when beginning ... more furnitures must be painted ... they almost asked for it :0))

    You've painted your kitchen and now the table ; 0 ) so nice and the gable looks yo u ger and eh hipper (o)

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  4. je n'ai jamais osé vernir une peinture.... donc je repeins régulièrement la table du salon... au prochain épisode peinture, je vernirai : merci pour le tuyau !
    le ponçage tout en modération est bien plus réaliste : les légères marques d'usure sur un meuble le rendent vivant mais si l'on en abuse l'aspect devient artificiel - jamais ma grand-mère icaunaise n'aurait laissé son buffet gris de cuisine atteindre les limites du décapage
    j'adore l'avant-dernière photo : sous la lumière, le blanc, un peu de bois et les trois bouteilles bleues : comme c'est apaisant !
    bon dimanche - bien cordialement - monique59

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  5. Magali, the table looks fantastic! And a great solution to your problem too. I also suffer from the same 'paint fear' but I have taken the plunge & completed a couple of furniture projects which have really transformed the pieces so that I love them again. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint & wax, which is fantastic - gives a lovely chalky, matte finish, but best of all, requires NO SANDING!! Your cottage just keeps getting better & better, and inspires me to keep persevering with my 145 year old farm house, way down here at the bottom of the world in New Zealand ;). I hope you are able to take time to enjoy it as you go, and that you feel better soon. Sante! (and let's not mention the rugby! ;))

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    1. The only Annie Sloan stockist in Brittany closed last summer. I still have some chalk paint, but I'm keeping it for a special project. Have a nice week!

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  6. OMG, My dining room table is very similar to yours and I want to change it too, but I am not so brave. Congrats!!!

    Marina

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  7. YOU read my mind, Magali! The chairs are lovely BUT, I can see them white now! HAHAHAHHAHHA That happens! Once you paint one thing, then you start to ask that question, "Should I paint the chairs?" I THINK SO! What have you got to lose? I think that the HUTCH should remain natural, but everything else should be white. Just my thought!

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  8. The chairs would look amazing in a lovely, soft aqua. Your cat is adorable!
    S
    xo

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    1. The chairs are still yellowy, woody and shiny, but I have soft seaglass shades in mind...

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  9. Perfect table. As to the chairs...live with them for a while before you make any decision.

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  10. Your old table looks totally new, and completely perfect for the vision you have shared with us for your dining nook!

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  11. I LOVE IT!! Good job Magali. I hope you are feeling better since you wrote this post. Being under the weather is not a fun thing.

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  12. quant tu es lancée on ne t'arrête plus, mais c'est vrai que c'est super joli ainsi
    J'ai hâte de voir ce que tu as fais de tes chaises, nul doute que ce sera plus beau encore
    bon dimanche

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    1. Les chaises sont toujours en bois verni bien brillant... Je n'ai pas encore eu le courage de m'attaquer à ce projet. Bonne semaine !

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  13. Now that looks a lot better. Hopefully when you are back to normal you can match the chairs, even though a bit fiddly. Take care of yourself xx

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  14. I won't look under the table Magali! The table looks so much better, brighter! Until you feel better, yes paint the chairs the color in your kitchen, think light sea blue? Take care, Kathleen in Az
    The blue bottles look very pretty on your painted table. Milo is adorably cute!

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    1. I have ordered the paint, but I have no idea when I'll have time and energy to take care of this project!

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  15. Your table looks wonderful painted white, Magali! I'm glad you overcame your fear of painting wood furniture, because now your china cabinet really shines in the room! I'm not sure what changes you're making in your diet, but I cut out gluten and dairy and it's made a huge difference in my life. I hope you're feeling better!

    I see painted chairs in your future. :o)

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  16. Your table is perfect in white. It makes the pretty backs of the chairs show up (I never really noticed them before) as well as your lovely hutch. I didn't paint underneath my table either, it's only my Chihuahuas that see it anyway, and they haven't said a word about it!

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  17. Magali, great job on your table. Your vision of transforming your table was a lot of work but I'm sure you are thinking well worth it, I sure think so. I've also had your "fear" of paint, but I've just transformed a pine piece that that was so yellow I had to do something. I'll be sharing that soon. Love your new look now, it sure lets that gorgeous hutch take center stage………...

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  18. I promise I won't look underneath ;). The chairs stand out more now that the table is white. For you that might not be a good thing, but from the pics it looks good to me. Chalk paint would have solved the sanding issue, but I'm sure you know that. Now you can relax and take care of yourself. Feel better!

    xxx

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  19. Hi.......first off..i'd like to stay at your parents for a weekend an get a bit of that..hard life experience..now for the table..it looks wonderful..an the first thing i thought was..now she needs to do something with those chairs..so i agree they need a little TLC..sorry the table took it out of you..being a working girl again makes it hard i'm sure to have enough energy to do it all..in the short time you'd probably like it done..hoping for a boring a week coming your way..

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  20. It looks perfect now! You did a very good job : ), love how it brightens up the dining room and shows off the beautiful pine hutch. If you decide to do the chairs (yes, they are looking yellow ...) maybe do one a month. I find chairs are a lot of work and tiring. Relax now and let your body rest and enjoy your new to you table. xo Patty

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  21. GORGEOUS! I love your tin can solution to painting the legs too, I'll have to keep that in mind for the next piece I paint!

    Be well my friend!

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  22. Beautiful re love of this table. It looks so bright and pretty in your dining room. Great job.
    Kris

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  23. Your table turned out beautiful. It realky softens your dining area. I used to be timid in painting furniture until I tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is so easy with no need to sand anything. No need for primer. It is easy that I have painted many pieces now. I will be repainting my farmhouse table top soon because I did just a whitewash months ago but have decided I was more white so I will do a thicker coat this time. I think your chairs look fine. Either way works. I personally would want them white but the wood is nice too. I am glad you had the courage to finally paint your table! xo

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  24. As long as your are happy, it does not matter how much "distressing" you do to the table. I tend to not distress and it keeps me happy. You did a good job!

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  25. Your dining area looks just beautiful with the table painted white. You did a great job. If you're ever looking for chalk paint, I believe you can find it on amazon. It's a great solution for pieces that would otherwise need to be sanded. Your cottage is lovely.

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    1. The only stockist in Brittany for AS chalk paint closed last summer. I've looked on line ut it does make it even more expensive. I'm keeping my fingers crossed an other stockist in Brittany is going to open.

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  26. Your table turned out beautiful! Love the painted look with just the tiniest amount of distressing...perfect!!! I also agree with sealing the top with something stronger than wax. I just waxed my painted coffee table...the grandkiddo's forget to use the coasters so I had rings and discoloration from the beverages they drank. I hardly ever paint under and item and if I do it's just a light primer coat of the finished color sprayed on. And the chairs? Well, I think they would look better painted white (another color could be fun also). Then the hutch wouldn't have any competition. I like the idea of taking ones time and doing a chair a month. Take care and have a lovely week ~ Mickie

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  27. Well done! I love the wood with the painted table!

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  28. Magali otra muy Buena idea de pintar la mesa y mas barato de comprar otra, se ve muy bonito, yo era asi de miedosa de pintar muebles y lo fui haciendo hasta que perdi el miedo casi todos lo muebles de mi casa los he pintado yo, te felicito ha quedado muy bien y no importa que no este pintado debajo de la mesa nadie se sienta en el suelo a comer cuando hay sillas verdad? espero que te sientas mejor cada dia cuidate nelly

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    1. Gracias, Nelly . Parece que la pintura de los muebles es adictivo y es difícil de parar una vez que empezaste !
      Que tengas una buena semana,
      Magali

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  29. I think the table looks so pretty right now! I like the chairs standing out from the table, but then I like natural woods showing through. The lightly distressed look helps age the piece. You can make your own chalk paint because no paint is worth the price they charge....for such a small size.

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  30. Beautiful, careful paint job. It gives a lovely variety to the dining nook and should really stand the test of time. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  31. I understand you about the fear to paint furniture. I would love to paint a couple things around here but I am so scared of doing the job for fear of destroying the furniture. On top of that I have a husband that doesn't like things painted white and I love it! You did a great job. The table looks beautiful! Congratulations on the job well done!

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  32. Darling Magali! I'll try hard not to get down on the floor under the table if ever I make it to your beautiful cottage! Lol!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  33. Super, j'aime beaucoup. Tu es très timide pour user la peinture mais l'essentiel est qu'il faut que ça te convienne à toi et à personne d'autre.
    Je pense que relooker les chaises est une excellente idée.
    Tu sais que si tu les peints, tu pourras aussi passer un jus de peinture sur la paille, en plus le fait de la mouiller la retendra un peu.
    Belle semaine. Caresses aux gélins. Bises. Babette

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  34. The table looks great. I now I can see the charming scallops on the ends. So extra-cottagey! I saw Sue's suggestion of a color to paint the chairs, and your response. I can see where you going. . .I like it. I'm pretty fearless when it comes to painting furniture. I figure if I don't like it I can always do something else. And I have done exactly that in the past. Glad you took the leap!

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  35. The table looks great! I was looking at the photos and thinking, yeah , the chairs should be painted too, maybe a soft grayish blue, and then I saw you were thinking sea glass shades . Perfecto! Hope you are feeling better😊

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    1. I haven't tackled the chair project yet. But I'm thinking about it, that counts, right?

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  36. Oh my, the table looks so cottagy painted white, and I love the mix of wood and painted together. You did a great job-and who ever paints the underside of a table? Not me! Hope you feel better soon. You deserve a break.

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  37. It looks beautiful, Magali! You did a great job!

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  38. I love how it turned out! You are more patient than me with all that sanding. Great job! And, yes, it looks like a hard life visiting your parents. LOL! Have a great week!

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  39. So very nice, Magali! It looks beautiful with the pine of your new cupboard. It is so nice to have a choice of whether or not to use a tablecloth, too. Sanding such a large piece is hard work. It's good to take a little break at your parent's house :) Hope you are feeling better soon. x Karen

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    1. I'm so happy that now I don't have to use a tablecloth, even if I still love using one every once in a while.

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  40. First, I hope you are better soon.

    Second, I love the table painted white and I like the lines of the table.

    Take care of yourself.

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  41. I like the new look of your dinning table. The bottles with the roses inside are so interesting, great decoration!

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    1. Thank you, the bottles are empty gin bottles that I found in an empty-your-attic sale.

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  42. It looks great and ties in even better with the kitchen now.

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  43. Dear Magali,
    great transformation. So, you aren´t afraid anymore and going to paint those chairs as well? I am looking forward to seeing them... How do the cats like your new dining nook?
    Have a nice week!
    Yours Sarah

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  44. Hi Magali...It's me again. You are a no reply blogger so I am having trouble emailing you back :( Just wanted to thank you for stopping by. I tried three times but none of them would send to you! Hope you are having a good week my friend!

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  45. Magali, you have the warm beauty of your pine hutch, your fresh, white, cottage-y table, the warm texture of the chair seats, the seaglass color you mentioned above for the chair frames will be the perfect thing to complete this lovely room. Take your time. Anyone who works a 40 hour week away from home understands the toll that takes on one's time and energy. I love your blog. I love cottage. Whenever I stop by to read what is happening, it always makes me smile.

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    1. Thank you, Donna Marie, for those kind words. I had some free time today and the plan was to began sanding the chairs, but it was raining ;(

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  46. Your table looks fantastic - great job! Looks like a totally new table. I need to paint mine - but like you, I have that fear of "what if I mess up" holding me back. And now it's too cold to paint anything outdoors and I don't want all that mess indoors. Sooo...maybe next spring? :-) Have you tried the FODMAP diet yet? If you have IBS or any other digestive issues, I highly suggest and recommend it. You have nothing to lose except feeling horrible! It is not hard at all and feeling good is SO worth it.

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  47. Very pretty and well done! From the comments I see you are planning to paint the chairs - and have even ordered the paint. I am not sure what paint you plan to use, but if it requires a primer, I really like Zinsser 123. I do not sand - but my projects have not been glossy to start, so perhaps a deglosser first, but you won't need to sand if you use a good bonding primer.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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  48. What a fresh and beautiful transformation. My dining room table is still in desperate need of a makover, but I just don't have time right now. Love what you did. Thanks for sharing with us at VIParty.

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  49. What a difference!
    I just found your blog and I love it already! I look forward to catching up on past posts and your little White House!

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  50. It changed the feel of the entire room! LOVE it! I also have terrible paint-fear! I just bought some paint and I'm going to try something very small, and then, who knows? Thanks for inspiring me, Magali! Got a feeling you're going to do something with those chairs!

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  51. Well done! Every bit as lovely as the inspiration photos you've shown us.
    Amalia
    xo

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  52. I ADORE how your table looks!! It's perfect!!

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  53. C'est le problème de la peinture, quand on commence et bien le reste ne semble plus aller...

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  54. Great job Magali! Your Dining room looks bigger even with that painted table. And the chairs? I agree with you, looks a tad bit yellow. ;-)

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  55. You definitely need to paint the chairs!!! I'm thinking some pretty pastels would be perfect! You did a good job painting your table. Always nice to take the painting plunge on something you don't love.

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  56. Your table looks beautiful. I agree, I think your chairs are next. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  57. I have the fear of plain and simple messing up a project by painting. I think you paint the chairs too but maybe just leave the very top of the chair wood and paint the back and the legs. I'm not making sense yet I know what I mean. Sorry.
    You table looks great

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