I just recently did a custom dining set for a client who is moving into a new home. I started with a sweet solid oak set that just needed a facelift, but was structurally perfect. I sanded the top, then stained it a dark walnut, then sealed it. The legs of the table and the four matching windsor chairs were painted a black semi gloss. I think this is such an effective and handsome combination. It was a fun project to work on. Don't forget- I'm always happy to do custom work!
Here are the before and after pictures on the dining set.