flipping furniture for the breakfast nook makeover

Transforming a whole space all at once can get expensive — I wanted the designer before and after without the designer price.

To make that happen, my design strategy for this space was to invest in once show-shopping design piece for the space — spoiler alert: it’s going to be the light fixture — and transform the rest of the space on a budget.

An upleveled look on a budget means flipping furniture to get pieces that perfectly fit the aesthetic I’m going for.

the table

I snagged this table from facebook marketplace for $80 and decided to transform it into the faux concrete / stone table dreams are made of. I first sanded it down — because I thought I was going to get away with using stone spray paint to get the finish I wanted.

I ended up covering the whole table in concrete, using ardex feather finish in white. It took two coats, letting it dry in between. I smoothed it on using gloves and my hands to give it a textured look. Next I covered it in a coat of epoxy to make it food safe and maintain the textured look with a smooth to the touch finish.

the metal chairs

These metal chairs were a great shape but needed to be gold to fit the vibe. I primed them with two coats of clean metal primer then painted them gold with my favorite gold metallic spray paint and sealed with some clear satin enamel.

the wood chairs

I stripped the chairs to remove the finish in the hard to sand areas, then sanded them down to raw wood. I then bleached them with wood bleach to lighten the wood. I re-upholstered the cushion to match the metal cushions and help the mismatched chairs feel a little more pulled together.

Next I sealed it with some furniture butter from Walrus Oil to protect and finish the wood.

the bench

I ended up swapping one of the wood chairs for this bench that I found on marketplace — how perfect is it?! This bench added an extra seat and a pop of leather which goes perfectly with the creamy neutral color palette + gold accents. I ended up reselling the antique farmhouse looking chair to use this bench instead since it fit the modern vibe a little better.

SHOP THE SPACE — breakfast nook diy: furniture flip table and chairs


concrete — ardex feather finish

epoxy — MAS tabletop epoxy 10% off with code "CARA" + free shipping

next ▶︎ part 02 — breakfast nook diy: the space makeover

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