Summer Lovin’ Dining Table Makeover

Summer Lovin' Dining Table Makeover

10 Best Dining Table Re-Do's

Hello again people!  I’m back from a little break and all ready to work on some more re-loved items, and also to bring to you this post about one of the most colorful projects I’ve done to date.  Hope you love it as much as me :).

This table and chairs I picked up from a yard sale site, I know right! Who would’ve guessed ;)!  The chairs were old and in pretty bad shape but the table was exactly what I’d been looking for!  I’d been trying to find a Queen Anne style table to work on after seeing a picture of one painted in blue online, I fell in love with the idea of the blue with the bright patterned chair fabric and just knew that this would be the next thing to work on.

I don’t have before pictures of the chairs but you can see above how they looked after one coat of primer, I loved the ladder back lines of the chairs but they were such a pain to paint, especially as it was winter and I had to do the primer coat one chair at a time in my make do ‘spray booth’ set up in my garage.  At the same time I was busy painting two coats of a really good primer on the table, I used one with both stain and odor block properties at it all had a persistent ‘old’ smell that I couldn’t seem to get rid of.

Summer Lovin' Dining Table Makeover

When all of the primer was dried I finished the chairs with two coats of Antique White Latex paint and two coats of Poly Urethane to seal them well.  Then on to the table, I was so obsessed with this teal/turquoise/aqua color, I only had latex paint so I decided to go ahead and use this instead of trying to replicate the color in chalk paint.

Summer Lovin' Dining Table Makeover

 The paint went on smoothly and I was feeling confident that this piece was going to look fantastic, then it came time to seal the table top.  I had no problem with the Poly on the legs but when I got to the table top it was a different story, each time I would be left with both brush marks and bubbles, I sanded with 220 grit paper between coats of poly to try to fix this and it still didn’t help, I was getting frustrated and wondering if I was ever going to get it looking as good as I wanted it.  After what seemed like hours of research (and swearing) I came to the conclusion that it was the finish of the poly that I was using, I had originally wanted a flat/satin finish but found that when I switched and tried a semi-gloss (which has self levelling properties to minimize brush marks) I got the look that I wanted, plenty of protection on the table top and minimal brush marks, I was over the moon with how this looked!

With the table finished I moved onto the chairs, I had picked up this indoor/outdoor fabric from Joann’s on sale and loved that it had a slightly water-resistant finish, ideal for a family with small (i.e. messy) kids.  I covered the chair cushions and made a foam top for a bench that I had in the garage to complete the set.

I called this post ‘Summer Lovin’ Dining Table Makeover’ because despite the fact that it was February, freezing cold and miserable, as soon as I put this in my dining room not only did it brighten the room and make it feel summery and warm but also the sun came out just for my pictures :).  What do you guys think of the finished look?

Summer Lovin' Dining Table Makeover

8 Thoughts to “Summer Lovin’ Dining Table Makeover”

  1. What a stunning colour! Love it.

  2. I also am a huuuuuge fan of blue! Awesome transformation! 🙂

    1. Thank you! Its definitely one of my faves 🙂

  3. Such a fun set! I love the fabric on those chairs!

  4. I love the contrast of colors between the table and chairs. I also love the idea of a bench for a dining table. Can you give some details on how you applied the cushion to it? Maybe in another post…?

    1. Hey Bex,
      Thanks for the feedback! I don’t have any pictures of the bench being re-done but it was pretty easy. I picked up a piece of foam for the top from a local discount store (I know Joann’s sells foam too) and cut it to size with a serrated bread knife, I attached the foam to the top of the bench with spray adhesive which I love using as it will actually stick to anything! I then covered the foam in the same way as I do with the chair cushions and reattached the legs. Hope this helps 🙂

      1. Sounds easy enough. Thanks!

  5. […] finish this faves list with another of my table and chair makeovers, the blog post for this one is here and as you can probably guess from the bright color of the table I had great fun painting this and […]

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