We closed on March 3rd of this year. It seems like it took forever to find it and a thousand pep talks that the right one was out there, but finally, Jacob and I have our first house! It’s everything we could ask for in a first house…including the era it was built in. It was built in 1964, which means it has cool mid-century windows and 1″ hardwoods. We love it!
Most of the furniture we have collected over the last almost-nine years of marriage is midcentury or art deco, so it fits the house just right. The one spot that hasn’t been exactly mid-century was our kitchen/dining room. Several years ago we built a farm table from scratch and have been using that as our dining table since.
We haven’t thought much about changing it, until recently. Jacob’s family has a dining room set that his grandmother bought in the 1960’s. She took impeccable care of it. It is beautiful, and they were so kind to give it to us for our home! It matches everything perfectly, and just needed a tiny bit of work to restore and refresh it.
The main thing we did, besides polish it with Restore-it was to recover the seats on the chairs. When we got it the seats had a stained shell-like ivory upholstery on them.
To reupholster the chairs was really not that hard, and we only needed a few tools that we already had.
Jacob took the seats off of the chairs easily. Just a few screws, and voila!
We did the measurements the DIY way, and just set the seat on the fabric, leaving enough space on the edges to staple underneath.
Thank you Freida and Bridget for sending this our way! We love it, and will take good care of it. I never thought we’d have a table with a leaf (how grown up!!!) or a china cabinet (ooooooo). We are officially adults now (because a dining room set defines that, right? 😉 ), and have already shared comfort food with friends at this table.
Dot, you had wonderful taste, and we think of you now, every day. Love.