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Trash-to-Treasure Dining Room

By Tidy Brown Wren, bringing order to your nest on Dec 10, 2012

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Most of you know that I am a recycling kind of girl. I can't stand to watch perfectly good things go to the dump—especially when I know I can fix them up and make them like new.

Several years ago, I came across a metal dining set that someone had set out for the trash.  It had four chairs, a table, and a bench.  I fixed up the bench here, saved the table legs in the garage, and held on to the four chairs until someone needed them.

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A few months ago, I found two bar stools in another drive-by roadside sighting.

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Every piece I found was in pretty bad shape, but that didn't scare me off. The pieces were sturdy, but the finishes were ugly.

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The seats were the worst part. The base of each seat was a pressed board product that had swelled and gotten moldy. It went directly into the garbage can (luckily it was garbage day).

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I sanded each piece with sandpaper and steel wool and wiped them down to remove the dust. Then I spray painted everything with satin finish Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. I used three coats to make sure everything was fully covered.

Hubs made new seat bases out of 3/4 plywood we already had in the garage. I recovered them with a vinyl fabric I found at Garden Ridge (yes, they have fabric in precut sizes). It looks like a tweed fabric but wipes clean, which is important for a family with young children.

After everything was put back together, I was pretty pleased with the end results. All in all, I spent $20.00 to fix up four chairs and two bar stools.

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I like the satin finish. It is washable but not too shiny.

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Nothing fancy, but nice and sturdy—and very easy to clean.

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