DIY: Vintage Danish Octagon Dining Set

Vintage danish octagon dining table

 

If you’ve spent any time on Craigslist it can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack…a million wrong choices but you hope for the one great find!  I was on the hunt for a dining room set and came across this amazing find – vintage octagon Danish mid-century modern dining table …with chairs! If you’ve ever looked for a dining set you’ll understand my excitment at finding 6 chairs with the table because I felt extra lucky!  Plus I absolutely luv, luv, luv, that the table is an octagon! I luv round tables since they make table talk so cozy.

I luv Danish style furniture and was jumping for joy when I found this beaute.  Yes, that’s harvest gold velvet fabric on the dining chairs but completely fixable …although I was contemplating keeping it since it looked so great with the wood tone.  And yes those are interesting blue dots in the middle of the table – very retro but add great character!

And did you see the lines on the chairs…yep I was drooling!

Vintage danish mid century dining chairs

 

No the harvest gold didn’t live on, but with a bit of reupholstrey help from mom, it was a DIY reupholstery possible task!  Yes, I had to re-evaluate just how much piping I wanted on the chairs.  I decided only on the backs but not on the seats – very practically, the piping on the seats would get a lot of wear and I didn’t want to replace the upholstery anytime soon!  I also decided on using an indoor/outdoor fabric that was soft but cleaned up well since these chairs would be starting their life with at least one kid under 5 and of course wine drinking adults.

Here’s the DIY reupholstered chairs…

reupholstered Vintage danish mid century dining chairs

 

For the table the wood and finish was in great condition so just a couple coats of Danish oil and it looked brilliant – no sanding, no refinishing (but I’m sure in a couple years the table top itself will need some TLC).

If  you need inspiration for furniture treasures on Craigslist, Emily Henderson’s blog (HGTV host)  has been posting some great finds in different cities with her amazing redo style ideas!

 

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