In December, my sister-in-law passed down a well-loved Dora the Explorer table that her gals had outgrown. That very table ended up being Junebug's Christmas gift from Santa--that is, after Santa's elves did an overhaul! (And it has taken me 3 months to actually post the transformation!)
Here's what we started with...
I forgot to take a photo before I started sanding the paint down. I wanted nice plain chairs, and as you can see the chairs are formed in the same shape as the characters that are painted on them. The "elves" didn't want to have funky shaped chairs, so we called in the assistance of our dear friend (and one of Junebug's favorite people because he always plays "3-2-1 BLAST-OFF" with her), Mr. Tim. Tim does some fabulous woodworking so he had the tools and the skills to round off the chairs to make them a bit more uniform.
It's great to have other creative folks in your circle who are willing to help!