Help! I can't convince my husband to get rid of this dining set, so thought that I might be able to come up with a funky, hip way to refinish it so that it's not so traditional. There's a matching Queen Anne cherry hutch as well. My ideal dining room would be one with a big long farm table and Phillipe Stark Ghost chairs, to give you an idea of my style. Any thoughts? By the way, the room is painted a charcoal gray. Thanks!
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It's a beautiful dining set. I don't blame him! You have a lot of options, though.
My immediate thought would be to paint the table or chairs. But if he's so dead-set on keeping it, he might not want it to be painted, either. You could paint asymmetrical stripes on the tabletop, paint the table legs a color that pops, paint all the chairs a bright, fun color, paint each chair a complementary color, paint the chair legs, or even paint stripes on the chairs themselves. The possibilities with paint are endless!
Or, if you can find a place to use either the table or the four chairs elsewhere in your house, or put them in storage, maybe bringing in a different table or chairs would do the trick. I love your farmhouse/Ghost chair idea, and what's crucial about that is the juxtaposition of different styles. This set is very matchy-matchy. Pairing a more industrial-looking or glass table with the chairs would give them a more modern feel. Meanwhile, some less dainty, more masculine chairs would be a good match for the Queen Anne table. Check out my post on eight mixed and matched dining sets for ideas.
Another idea, if possible, is to swap out just the tabletop or table legs for something with a more streamlined, rectangular shape.
If you can't really mess with the set without upsetting your husband, I'd go for bold new seat fabric — maybe patent leather? — and then run a modern runner down the center. Something like the Chilewich Pressed Vinyl Dots Table Runner ($25) in white would look very hip.
You could also lay down a mod patterned rug below the table to detract attention.
Hope that helps!