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.
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.
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?