Ideas for Saving Amazing Vintage Teak Dining Set?

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Q: My boyfriend and I received this super awesome teak dining set [photo below] when his parents purchased a new set a couple of years ago. We were so thrilled as it was gorgeous. And as new homeowners, a new and expandable dining set was not in our budget. Well. We ruined it. First I wrecked it when a bottle of oven cleaner tipped over inside a tote bag and was left to burn a hole through the table top for an embarrassing amount of time. Once the weeks of sobbing had passed, we started to think about fixing it. At this time, we were convinced that it wasn’t veneered. It was, which we painfully learned once my boyfriend broke out the belt sander and quickly sanded through to particle board. *cue more sobbing*…

(Image credit: Jodi)
(Image credit: Jodi)
(Image credit: Jodi)

It’s still an amazingly beautiful and functional table (with two leaves that hide within the table itself, and is easy to open and close with only one set of hands) but I still have to choke back tears every time I change out the tablecloth. We need to do something but are at a complete loss as to what. We plan on upholstering the chairs too and would love some advice here too! (Please ignore the gross floors and imagine lovely hardwood.) -Sent by Jodi

Editor: How gorgeous! I especially love the legs and the structure of the chairs. Readers, please help Jodi save this incredible set—and share a little upholstery advice if you’ve got it, too.

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