Updating a wooden dining set

Harbour House Constantia Nek has given an iconic destination restaurant a new lease on life.

I don’t like using flat or high gloss on furniture, Satin is always my preference.

After drying about 10 minutes, the chairs are ready for their spray paint debut. If it does start to drip, keep a paper towel handy to blot it before it dries that way.

Anything reminiscent of the late '50s-early '60s, along with all things midcentury modern, are at the top of the list for shoppers who are looking to stock their first apartments or homes, says Griffith.

When it comes to dinnerware and glassware, pieces from Dorothy Thorpe (whose Roly Poly glasses with a silver rim are again popular, thanks to Don Draper), Russel Wright, Winfield, Red Wing, Style House, Thomas Rosenthal, Melmac and Fiestaware are in demand (for instance, a set of eight Dorothy Thorpe glasses goes for around ).

Whether silver and sleek, or tiki-style, barware is hot—and the great news is that in this category, style trumps brand name.

Griffith says there were few mass-produced cocktail sets from known manufacturers in the '50s and '60s, so as long as your piece—whether it's a cocktail shaker, strainer, mixing spoon or jigger—looks vintage, it's worth something.Even if you're trying to sell generic china or glassware, if it has that midcentury look (think Scandinavian simplicity), you'll find a buyer.It doesn't even have to be a full set: Lisa Conklin, public relations manager at Replacements, Ltd., says people are not hung up on making sure all their glasses or plates coordinate; she's been seeing more customers than ever updating their tables by combining old and new patterns.I hardly ever prime real wood, but I definitely prime anything that is fake or veneer.I used Rustoleum Black Satin spray paint on these, but any brand will do. If you would like to feature my work, you may use ONE (1) NON-COLLAGED image and must link back to my original blog post.