A rich canary yellow will feel decidedly modern, while a bright yet soft mint green can create a youthful yet still traditional look. Be it a Lucite coffee table, a glass bar cart, or an acrylic chandelier, a bit of transparency always lightens up the heaviness of dark woods and upholstered furniture you often see in traditional homes.Luckily, you don’t have to worry about matching as clear items blend right in! Fussy and intricate patterns can quickly take on a granny vibe, so if you want to modernize your space, sticking with solids is a safe way to do so.I want her thoughts on how to update my dining room, which is stuck in a time warp — an era of big sideburns and wide lapels. It shows a lot of personality, the story of your life.” Suddenly she’s quiet. I tell her, “See, when DC and I got married and combined our households, and moved into the happy yellow house, our lives fell into place, but our furniture not so much.
She had just painted it a pretty red and wanted to give the rest of the room an update while keeping her existing table and chairs.Alrighty folks, the post you’ve been anxiously awaiting (in my mind you’ve been on the edge of your seats) is finally here! Okay so I realize that some of you have never even heard of said dining set, so allow me to catch you up to speed.You see, I bought this dining set at a local thrift store a couple of weeks ago: Ain’t she a beauty? Love love loved it and had to have it, called hubby and convinced we had to have it. Brought it home a couple of days later (fabulous cell pic): You might be saying, “But didn’t you just redo a set of dining room chairs?? I still love them, however they are not very sturdy at. I still have them for extra seating because they are pretty.They have gorgeous, elegant homes and great taste, so I did it. Plus, I could already see in my head, people lined up for miles to tell me how I ruined it by painting it. ”) Here she is after her espresso stained make-over: I shared how I removed the original stain without sanding in this post.To stain, I applied two coats of Minwax Polyshades in Espresso, using a stain-friendly brush. I can’t get enough of the curved detail on the back of these chairs: Allright, enough gushing about the chairs… There is only one small, teeny, tiny, itty bitty problem.I’m on the phone with Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for the Home Depot, one of the best jobs ever.