Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dining Table and Chairs Make-Over

I've been on the lookout for months to find a dining table and chairs. I've searched everywhere from Pottery Barn to Cosco, and just couldn't stomach the money!!! The ones I love are wayyyy beyond my budget, and the ones that even sort of fit my budget just didn't make me feel happy.

Oh so luckily, as I was perusing Craig's list one day,I found this one for $125.00...

It was sturdy, and in great condition.

I had a vision of white, lots of color, and chevron come to mind {thanks to THIS ONE by Brooke}, and set off to work...

Fits in our little dining nook perfectly....

I know I'm crazy, but as I worked on the table and chairs, they took on a life of their own. I couldn't help but name them :)...

Seriously, it's made an awesome difference at meal times!!! My kids actually WANT to sit at the table. Hopefully that lasts :)!

Making over furniture is not hard, but can definitely be time consuming. Here are the steps I take:

1. Clean off the furniture

2. Optional- sand. I only do this if there is cracking paint already on the furniture. 


3. Optional- Cover furniture with liquid sander/deglosser. This helps when there is laminate or finish already on the piece of furniture you're working on.

4. Prime. I use Kiltz spray primer. Never go the cheap route on this part!!!

5. Lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper and an electric sander (if needed). This smooths the roughness sometimes caused by primer and paint.

6. Paint 1st coat. I used Krylon Gloss spray paint on the chairs. On the table, I used a high gloss Ivory Bear brand from Home Depot-brushed in on. 
I like "gloss" because it cleans up a lot easier, is more durable, and  I think it looks more professional.
Also: NEVER EVER get the cheapest paint on this! Quality matters!!!!

7. Paint another coat.... and even another one. Three coats is the best. Then it's covered and durable. Let dry thoroughly between coats. 

8. If needed, sand rough spots with light 220 grit sandpaper with electric sander.

7. Optional: glaze or antique.

I used this Valspar Antiquing Glaze from Lowe's. It's already tinted black. With other brands, you have to tint the paint yourself.
Brooke from All Things Thrifty gives the best lessons on glazing HERE. Watch before doing!
HERE Brooke gives more answers about glazing or antiquing.

8. Optional- seal with Polyacrylic.

 It is available in both spray or a can. I used this on the table since I know we will use it and scrub it daily! I didn't use it on the chairs.

In the next few days, I'll give the basics of reupholstering kitchen chairs. 

I'll admit, I'm happy to be done with this project! Even happier that I did it! 


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  1. that looks awesome! what a fun dining room

    1. Thanks, Vivian! Hope all is going well for you!

  2. I want to come sit at your table. It looks so bright and happy!! You truly are amazing Nancy!

    1. Please Please Please come sit at my table ANYTIME!!!!! Thanks, Jan :)!

  3. Love, love, love the whole makeover! Good job! Your dining room looks much funner than mine!

    1. Thanks, Jen! I decided to go a little crazy :)!


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