Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Garage Sale Table and Chairs Redo

In April while hitting some garage sales with a couple of friends, we came across a dining room table and chairs for a steal.  

Side bar: Above is the grammatically correct version to which I would typically say that I went garage saleing. I know that saleing is not a word in the real world, however, it is a word in Shelly World. My education from Toastmasters has made me acutely aware of grammar, but sometimes I just gotta be me.

I was very skeptical of buying this dining room set because it really needed some love to get it back to it's glory days.  We actually left the garage sale and after I thought about it a little longer we went back and picked this set up for $50.00. 

When I looked past the scratches, dings and the chair seats that desperately needed recovering, I could see that this was very sturdy furniture.  I figured with a little TLC that we could make this work.

Here are the before pictures:

I loved that this table had a leaf that folded up and slid under the table top! I would probably only use the leaf when we had company over so the leaf would typically get stored in a closet.  Extra bonus: More closest space!

I decided to paint the table and chairs with chalk paint because from what I had read it would not be necessary to strip or sand the furniture before painting.  

I had never used chalk paint before and on top of never using chalk paint before I decided to make my own chalk paint because Pinterest said I could.  You know everything on the internet is true, right?

Well in this case, it worked out very well for me.  I was able to make the chalk paint the consistency that I wanted and it took a couple of coats but it covered fabulously!  I decided not to distress this time and I figured if I wanted to change the color in the future I could distress it then and it would have a nice white undercoat.

Here are the after pictures:

My Aunt Bev helped me cover the chairs...OK she covered the chairs while I watched, but I picked out the material.  Isn't it cute?  Aunt Bev also helped me get the chairs all painted and I am so grateful to her for all her help!  I think this project would still be collecting dust if she hadn't helped me get it started.  Love you Aunt Bev!

Stay tuned for the centerpiece for the table that I have requested the hubby to make for me....