the domestic tales of four sisters

Dining Room Chair Update


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A few weeks ago I shared the above photo on our Instagram. (Are you following us on Instagram? You totally should! Search for us – thedomesticfour)

When my husband and I got married back in 2010 I was hesitant to buy furniture for our home that was too “girly.” I’m a shabby chic lover and well, I’m married to a very masculine Marine. I wouldn’t force him to live in Laura Ashley’s house. So when we went shopping for furniture I didn’t buy anything he didn’t really like. Which meant I ended up with a house full of traditional furniture.

Well, about a month ago I was talking to said husband about how our dining room set was looking a little haggard and worn due to our move and I was contemplating painting it. He didn’t really respond. I said I wanted to update them and sent him a few paint ideas. Sure enough if he says, “The house is your domain. You do what you want with it. I don’t really care too much about that stuff.” 

You should have seen my face. Honeymoon is officially over. Time to update our house.

I immediately created a Pinterest board with ideas to update our living room and started work on our dining room table set. Because of the traditional lines of the dining table I needed to give it character – and after much of an internal debate decided to give it some wear.


I used Behr eggshell paint in Silky White. The other big debate I had was whether or not I wanted to use polyurethane to seal or furniture wax. I decided to use both. First I applied polyurethane and then wax. The furniture wax that I purchased was “natural” color and I knew that it would darken the white of the paint. Which is what I wanted. (I wasn’t feeling the stark white on the chairs.)



I LOVED what the furniture wax did to the overall appearance of the chairs. It gave them a worn-in, vintage look and completely added to the distressed look I was going for. Happy girl right here. 🙂

When distressing the chairs I used a little mix of an X-acto knife and sandpaper. When the natural wood started to show through because I had pulled off the stain I went over it with a Miniwax staining pen. Those things are brilliant!


All these little beauties needed was some cute cushions that I found on Etsy and I was good to go!

My favorite part of this entire re-do (minus the cushions) is the cost! Only $40 in materials!

Now onto the rest of the dining set and eventually … the whole dining and living area!

My husband is so happy. Snicker snicker.

Have you refinished furniture recently? I have the awesome pleasure of knowing Liz over at  and anytime I have a question she’s my go-to. To say she has inspired a lot of my refinishing ideas is an understatement! She’s a genius when it comes to furniture refinishing. You should check her out!

Happy Monday!


Products Used:

Behr Paint in Silky White
Miniwax Furniture Wax in Natural
Miniwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane
Miniwax Staining Pen in Ebony

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