Deciding on how to refinish mid-century modern teak dining set
Farzaneh Ali-hosseini
August 23, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I have inherited a teak dinning set and credenza that I love to use. But I can not decide on how to refinish the chairs. I decided to use the table as is.
My color palette is Chantilly lace on wall, Gray, and black and red accents.
My choices for the dinning chair are
1- black frame, red upholstery seat and cushion
2- black frame and Gray upholstery
3-black frame and black upholstery
4-teak frame and either black or Gray upholstry
and for the credenza
all orange red
or white and teak combination,
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Maltby Design
Don't paint the teak! Get some teak oil and apply it to the wood regularly. Teak is too beautiful a wood to be covered in paint. By all means reupholster the seats and backs in whatever colours suit your decor.
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Maureen
you are going to get a lot of different opinions, as fabric colors are personal and all would look great i'm sure - if you will be adding a rug underneath, consider its colors and compliment that color combination in your fabric choice. i would not paint the teak/refinish instead if needed. regarding the credenza, again keep but if you want color maybe just paint the front
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Maltby Design
When I say don't paint the teak, it is not only because of the aesthetics but from a practical sense as well. Teak is a naturally oily wood and paint doesn't always take to it well - tends to easily flake and peel. Regular application of teak oil will keep the wood beautiful.
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Farzaneh Ali-hosseini
My hardwood floor is dark espresso and when I consulted a designer he suggested staining the whole set in a darker tone since its too orange for my floor.
After discovering that the piece is veneered and not solid wood I decided not to risk it and keep the table as is. And painting the chair frame black is to make the dining table stand out.
My dinning table top is veneered and there is a lot of grain showing through that gives it great character whereas the chair frame is too orange and darker in colour compared to table.
My idea to paint the credenza orang red came from this photo and the fact the I don't want to have too many wood pieces in the room. I am afraid it will look like ganny's dinning room
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groveraxle
I also would not paint the teak. If the wood is too orange, why would you paint the credenza orange?

Is the chair in the first photo in your original dilemma the actual chair we're talking about? Because it doesn't look orange at all. If it's not, it would help us to see the actual furniture.
1 Like   August 23, 2014 at 3:45PM
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jenstnz
Yes, I agree w/Grover -that doesn't look at All orange:)... I found this product on the Internet: StarBrite -Teak Care Kit - it really worked restoring my teak!
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mcbmd3
I would not paint it either. Teak is special in and of itself. If you paint it, it's just another used chair that's painted.
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Farzaneh Ali-hosseini
thanks everyone. yes the first picture with green upholstery is my original chair made by R.S. Associate LTD in Montreal.
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Nancy Walton
The chairs are probably lighter in color because they are dried out. Tung oil is what you use. It will darken the wood quite a bit.
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Farzaneh Ali-hosseini
do i have to sand it before applying the oil???
0 Likes   August 23, 2014 at 4:20PM
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Nancy Walton
No.
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Maryann Dale
Darken with tung oil and do a gray fabric! That's my vote!!!
0 Likes   November 22, 2014 at 8:14AM
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Maureen
This is from August, as an fyi, so may have been completed by now.
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