Okay so before my husband and I came out here I went a little crazy with projects. This one I am most proud of! When I went off to college my parents gave me their kitchen table and we found the chairs at garage sales. This table has been through a lot and seen a lot. Four girls living together it’s seen some ramen noodles and pizza but mostly booze and drinking games. We even brought it in campus to go tailgating and play games with. It earned its stripes and by that I mean pink alcohol stains. When we got married and moved in together the partying stains really didn’t fit anymore. So two weeks before we moved I packed the table and chairs in my car and headed to my parents house to get to work. The best part, I got to spend 3 days at my mom and dad’s house with them. Which is rare that it was just me. I am one of 6 kids and 9 grandchildren. So I loved getting that time with my parents!
I want to apologize in advance for the picture quality. I didn’t know I would be posting them on a blog someday!
I went to Fleet Farm ( I love fleet farm if you have never been. GO) and got brushes, primer, and paint. My parents already had tape, stain, and sand paper.
Unfortunately I don’t have a before picture of the table but this will give you a good idea of the color it was when we started. My first step was to sand any remaining finish off the table and chairs. You can see we taped the edges off because that was going to be stained.
I decided to paint the legs and underside of the table with paint and stain the top for a clean contrast. I chose an egg white color for paint. After the painting was done and dried my dad and I stained the top. My dad loved this part because he got to teach me everything he knows about staining. But mostly he just likes to talk and have someone listen🙂
This is the final product of the table. Which I LOVE. It’s just beautiful.
I really liked having miss matching chairs. Two of the chairs matched and the other two were very similar. The two similar ones were both painted already and they were the biggest pain to get all of that on. My dad did some serious sanding work on them. After he got the paint off and got a good look at the chairs he was able to really take a look at them. He thinks one of them is from the 40’s!!!! He would know, he is from the 40’s🙂 I think that is so cool and just thought of all the different things that chair has seen. Or the asses its supported. Am I weird?
All the chairs took 2 coats of primer. The dark ones above were so dried out they just soaked the primer up. They are my favorite because they have upholstered seats. So off to Jo-Ann fabrics my mom and I went. There were so many choices! I am not good with tons of choices because I just felt so much pressure to pick the perfect fabric. Anyone else feel like this?
So I chose this yellow pattern and I am so glad I did because I feel like to goes so well with the stain and white look. I am pretty lucky because my mom is quite the sewing lady. So she took the old fabric off and made a little pattern from it. (Which you totally would not need to do, she is pretty meticulous when it comes to sewing.) Then I called up a family friend that I knew had a nail gun just to make the process easier. We had the seats all ready to go and held the fabric on there with regular staples till we got there. The one thing I learned from this is that you want to PULL the fabric really hard when you are stapling it because otherwise if the fabric isn’t tight on the seat it will get kind of baggy. So that is my tip for you on this one.
Ready for the final results?? I hope you love it!
I hope you like it as much as I do. I am currently working on it eating milk and cookies while writing this!!
I have to say thanks to my mom and pop! They put a lot of elbow grease into it and when it was all said and done they said the might want it back!
Thanks guys! Let me know if you have any questions! I would love to hear comments from ya’ll!!