I am moving next month, and one thing I don’t want to do is bring anything ugly with us. If I don’t love it, I am going to donate or Freecycle it.
One of the things on my donate list was my dining room table-it has been in my family for like 20 years, and it’s not anything special, so I really wanted a new one. Well it just wasn’t in the budget, so I had to make something cute out of it, or we would be eating on the floor in our new home.
Here is the before with my daughter eating a granola bar, doing her school work. I actually just picked up those chairs from the Goodwill a couple days before I started this project because liked the shape of them lots better than the two I had that had missing spindles. If only I would have had room in the back of my Yukon, I would have bought more.
The first thing I had to do is de-gunk the thing! It had all of these crevices that seemed to just attract yuck, so I took my most favorite tool on the planet, the Purdy 6 in 1 and easily scraped it all out making it look all clean and fresh again. Then using my Sanding Bug from Rockler, I just sanded all of the pieces just to get off the remaining varnish and give me a good surface to paint on.
I used a Bedford Park Gray to paint it. I used my Purdy brush and painted away. There is something so soothing about painting with a paintbrush sometimes. Just really satisfying…anyone else feel that way?
I followed the same steps with the chairs; gave them a good cleaning, scraping, sanding and painting and then covered the cushions.
I used a daffodil colored duck cloth so that it would be easy to clean, and just cut them to size and used a staple gun on the bottom. I think I will change these out from time to time, since it only cost me about $6 for the fabric…then I can change the look of my dining room for the seasons or just whenever I get the urge.
I went back and forth on this for a long time, wondering if I really wanted to do it. But my friend gave me a push, and said if I didn’t love it I could always paint over it.
I used the Gabrielle Damask wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and stencil paint from Deco Art in Slate Gray and rolled it on. I am in love with it! Since it is a table and will be used a lot, wiped off, spilled on etc…I knew it would need to be protected. So I used Krylon’s Clear Polyurethane in a Satin Finish. The great thing about this is that it makes it easy to wipe off, didn’t make the table all shiny, and it will hide brush strokes if you have any.
After I was done with the table, and had painted the bench gray…I thought it needed a little something extra.
#1 -So using that same stencil, but the smaller design on it and using a stencil brush, easily add the design element it needs.
#2-Plop a cute baby on the bench and see how the ceiling fan light makes his hair looks really red, but admire the pretty design in the background.
#3-Take baby off bench, put it near the window and think wow that looks really awesome. YAY!
Here is the after in all it’s glory! I still have another bench to paint, the boys have it up in their room in their reading area right now while my youngest is still in a high chair, but I have plenty of paint leftover, so it will get done before we leave.
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