So I've decided to do away with the art deco dining set and replace it with more period appropriate stuff. I found a dresser not long ago at one of my local thrift haunts for $25. It was pretty scuffed, but no major damage, so I brought it home thinking I would find some use for it.
Today the kids and I sanded, painted it and turned it into a buffet for the eating area. I love showing the kids, especially the girl, how to use the power tools. They loved using the sander and got to learn the difference between the power sander and hand sanding. The paint was originally purchased for the front door, but we got into it for the family art project - $12.50. I think we did pretty good to get a buffet out of $40!
Once again, I don't have a good before photo. I could swear that I took one when I bought the dresser, but I mustafahgot.