Some of you may or may not know that Emily and I have both recently moved, and with moves always comes lots of fun new decorating.
Soon I hope my kitchen is officially finished so I can show you the before-and-after photos. Truly, the transformation has been amazing to me. In these photos you can get glimpses of the new blue walls, the new white cupboards and doors, and our new maple flooring (all of which used to be dark and drab).
However, that is for a different day. Today, I want to show you one of our completed home projects--our newly painted kitchen table and chairs! Ta-da!
I love it!!!
Unfortunately, I didn't have the foresite to take before pictures, but I'm sure you can imagine it all being wood and in fairly good condition but also defintely worn and old looking.
My mom picked it up at a garage sale for a STEAL, not knowing entirely what she wanted to do with it, but sometimes good deals are just hard to pass up. :)
Well, she very kindly gave it to us as a house-warming gift and we went to town with the spray paint.
The original idea was to paint it all white, but I've seen a lot of pictures in magazines lately where the chairs are painted a different color, and I thought, why not? Then I went really crazy and couldn't decide if I wanted blue chairs or gray chairs (the splash board in the kitchen is blue, gray and white), soooo I did half the chairs blue and half the chairs gray, and I think it is really fun. :)
I used Rustoleum brand spray paint that was specifically for un-prepped surfaces (it said it even adhered to plastic)--I used this mostly because I was getting REALLY tired of all the house work! I didn't want to sand one more thing!. Call me lazy, but that's the way it was. So, I did a simple, easy prep on the table and chairs by applying a de-glossing chemical to them (squirt some on an old rag, rub on, and your done--easy, peasy). Then, I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed. I'd been told that the key to spray painting things was to do thin layers, so I did probably 5-7 real thin layers on the chairs and table legs. Sounds like a lot, but because I was doing thin, quick layers (so the paint wouldn't run) the coats went very quickly.
Then after much debate, my husband and I decided to keep the table top wood (we thought it would look nice and we were a little worried that paint would just chip off of the tabletop too easily--maybe it wouldn't, but we were concerned about it). So, my husband pulled out his trusty sander and sanded away. Big kudos to him because he did all the edges by hand and it took quite a lot of work. But, we really like how it turned out--it's super smooth and the wood is nice. We used the same stain on the table as we did on our counter top edges (those pictures are in the works...)
Anyway, I really love how it turned out. It matches the feeling of the kitchen and fits the space well too. Big thanks again to my mom for giving it to us! It will be enjoyed for years to come. :)
And now, I'm going to go unload some more boxes. Anyone know where I should keep my witch hat in this house? Or my manilla envelopes? or the kids' art supplies????
Lots of love,
P.S. That's some of my yummy banana bread sitting on the table there. If you haven't tried that recipe yet, then you really should.... :)