I’m not the type of person who changes out furniture easily. I find what I like and I have issues with change so things just normally stagnate a bit. I even brought my huge and ugly as sin by today’s standards sofa and love seat from Oklahoma even though space was a super huge issue in the moving truck. Furniture is expensive and new plates are a heck of a lot cheaper than a new sofa! But then we get that thing here and guess what?!? It doesn’t fit.
So we ordered a new sofa online and when it got delivered I decided to put that old business out in the garage when the worst happened. The sofa got stuck in the doorway. I even have a huge ass front door. That sucker is about 50 inches wide. And still I got that thing stuck and I was panicking. I went from surprising Rob with our new sofa set up nice and pretty in our new living room to the surprise of how I got this huge thing stuck and made myself cry and panic on the porch. I even took to Facebook where my dear, sweet friend Shannon told me how to get that puppy unstuck (because it was stupid stuck) and get it back into the house.
The new sofa was a yellow green but when it arrived it was bright baby puke green. OMG! I wasn’t having this thing in my house. OMG! But it is in my house, just in the bedroom and our new IKEA sofa that Rob and I both love is in the living room. But our big great room was lacking in color that we hoped to bring in with the new sofa.
So since I’ve had my kitchen table for OVER 11 years and it’s gotten daily use it’s started to show some signs of wear. I found the perfect stain to clean up the nicks and scratches and places where the wood has come away but I decided I wanted something different, something colorful and fun.
And to be honest, I almost didn’t share this post today because I’ve had an issue of getting hate mail (YES HATE MAIL) from times in the past that I have painted furniture on this site. But guess what? I decided it’s my table, it’s my life and it’s my blog and so here it is. If you love it, yay! If you hate it, that stinks but maybe my next project will be more to your liking. But please don’t send me messages or leave comments about how awful I am or dumb I am or tacky I am because I did something to my taste instead of yours. Because there is room in this world for all sorts of styles and I am using and love my painted furniture and that’s miles better than it being cast off or thrown away in my eyes! :)
But let’s get to it, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- dinette set
- paint in various shades (see my colors below)
- mouse sander
- sand paper
- tack cloth
- brushes, etc.
- wood stain (I used English Chestnut & Special Walnut)
The first thing I did since this table is used daily was paint 2 of our chairs so that they could have a full week to cure before use. I first gave them a quick sand to smooth out any knicks or gouges and rough up the surface.
A tack cloth made quick work of cleaning up the dust from sanding and then I hit each chair with a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint. I used the new-ish HGTV Home line of Sherwin Williams paint from Lowe’s and I’m pretty happy with the quality. I was informed that there was primer already in their samples but when I tried to go straight paint on my first chair I realized that I was informed incorrectly on that front. But for under $4 a sample I was able to afford-ably change the color of each chair and with very specific colors I was looking for. I’d really recommend going with paint samples!
The four colors I used were Show Stopper – SW7588 (red), Antiquity – SW6402 (green), Plum Dandy – SW6284 (purple) and Denim – SW6523 (blue). I apparently took ZERO pics of painting the chairs but I have a feeling you know what to do :)
I painted 2 chairs at a time and gave each pair about a week for the paint to cure as much as possible since the chairs will always need spaghetti sauce wiped off of them and whatnot. It proved to be a good decision because the finish is standing up super well!
Now here’s the top of my table and it’s definitely not bad for over 10 years of use but the wear bothered me. I also never was crazy about the color of stain on the wood so this seemed a good time to mix it up!
Now I am so down with chalk paint and that’s because you don’t have to prime anything. Huzzah! I also like that you can easily antique this business up. To update the base of my table I gave it a good clean and then hit it up just a little bit with a sanding block.
A single coat of black chalk paint was brushed on and then I allowed it to sit for a few days.
I wanted to change the color of the stain so I took my table outside and hit the top and sides with my mouse sander to get down to the bare wood. The pattern was interesting so I had a difficult time keeping with the grain, but do try to keep with the grain so that you don’t get anything weird in the tabletop when you get around to staining it.
This turned out to be a HUGE time suck spent with my hands numb but it eventually finished up :)
Now I stink at applying polyurethane so my dad taught me all about spray poly and it’s what I use exclusively now. It takes a lot of coats and a long time because each coat needs to set but I don’t get a weird surface EVER when using the spray so hurray!
And there she is! Now if you’re wondering why I went with 2 stains it’s because of that huge buffet back there. It’s old and it’s amazing and I want to keep it the original stain forever. And I wanted my table to match but I still wanted to have a new color on top. I wanted something less yellow/orange-y. So I stained it first with a coat of the English Chestnut because it’s the closest I could get to the color of the buffet and then went over that with my current fave stain Special Walnut to make it a bit darker and tone down the redness in the stain. In the end I think it came out perfectly :)
Look at that! The top matches the chairs, the base and the buffet behind it well. Oh, and it matches the kitty, too. Can’t forget about that! :)
As you can see, I’m not the only one who loves the new table… my kitties do, too! :)
When I got my kitchen back in order and everything back into it’s place I snapped a quick pic and sent it to my mom and sister and I’m super stoked because we’re doing my sister’s dining set next time I go back home to Oklahoma! Woot!
In the end, I’m so happy with this makeover. We’ve added color to our great room but it doesn’t seem overt or too in your face or like a box of crayons exploded. It’s the perfect amount of color for us and now who cares that our ugly couch has been cast off to the bedroom :)