Retro-fying my dining room

Tweaking store-bought dollhouse furniture

Not long ago I got this dining room set on eBay:

eBay find

eBay find

To me, it looks like furniture actually looked in the 70’s. There’s none of the teak, Danish modern 1960’s thing going on with it, which is what I’d ideally like for the dining room.

I decided to give it a makeover to see if I could convince myself to love it. After all, I’ve been looking high and low for the “perfect” set for months, and I don’t think I’m going to find it.

Here is some vintage fabric I just picked up at a St. Vinny’s in Canada (My goal: to visit every St. Vinny’s in the world).

Authentic Canadian fabric. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Authentic Canadian fabric. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I especially love the bottom pattern. I might have to turn that one into something for my real house.

Here’s the fabric again, beside one of the dining room chairs. I’m determining which pattern works best with the scale. I also set each in the kitchen/dining area to see which colors blended best with the wallpaper and adjacent kitchen tiles.

Choosing fabric for the chair.

Choosing fabric for the chair.

The winner is... This one!

The winner is… This one!

What the heck! You mean the original fabric was actually paper???

What the heck! You mean the original fabric was actually paper???

Before and after.

Before and after.

A whole set of chairs!

A whole set of chairs!

And a matching table runner, to top it all off.

And a matching table runner, to top it all off.

Trying it out in my in-progress dining room.

Trying it out in my in-progress dining room.

I’ve got to admit… I really like it! The next step is to make a matching cushion for the window seat bench behind it.

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