So here is our "new" breakfast table, compliments of Craigslist plus extreme amounts of time by yours truly to strip the top, sand it down, re-stain it, seal it with 3 coats of polyurethane, and paint the base a satin black. It used to look like this:
Of course the picture doesn't truly show all the gouges, scratches, faded spots and places where the finish had totally worn off, or the ballpoint pen marks engraven into the tabletop....but they were there! Hence the $70 price tag for a solid oak table. I spent much more time than I thought I would on this table (I tried using a water-based stripper chemical and it was less than effective) but I'm pretty happy with the results.
Here's where I need your opinion: I had originally planned on painting the 4 chairs you see with the table a satin black with just the red edges peeking through, but at the time I loved the red chairs as they were and so I decided to leave them red. Now that I have them interacting with the table, I'm not positive I like the combination. Sooooo, do you think I should leave them red or should I paint the chairs black with just a bit of red peeking through like I did with the chairs in my dining room? Do write and give me your opinion, I'm unusually uncertain about whether I should leave them or paint them some more. Thanks!
Here we have a very glamorous Eliza in her rose-tinted Pink Panther sunglasses...doesn't she just look divine? She loves those things, and they make me smile too. I'm tempted to borrow them for a bit - I've always wanted pink hornrimmed glasses, haven't you?