I have had this little kids’ table and chair set forever:
My mom and dad got this for Annie at IKEA when she was just a toddler.
IKEA may cost next to nothing but this thing has been played with, drawn on, jumped off of, and eaten over for nine years and it is still going strong.
I painted it the red color you see here last year; it used to be white and when they purchased it; it was just the natural wood.
But I was getting kind of tired of the red, and I didn’t do a very thorough job painting it. I spray-painted it but didn’t sand it before doing so, the paint was coming off and since the kids use it (well not Annie anymore but Ellie and her friends) I didn’t feel comfortable with that.
So this time I took my time and painted it in steps:
First, I spray painted the chairs and the legs of the table Heirloom White. I used three coats, then I lacquered them to seal the paint.
Then I sanded the top of the table.
Originally, I wanted to make the top of the table look like planks of wood but in typical workin’ with what I got fashion, I ran out of brown spray paint midway through my vision.
But then I had another idea!
I already had the chalkboard paint.
So I painted the top with that.
Then I sanded it on top a little to look rustic/vintage…..this is very important when working with kids’ stuff because rustic/vintage is code for DAMAGED.
Which it will indeed become by next week, so who cares, right?
I sanded the edges to expose the old red color, which I love.
So then I got out these numbers, which I purchased last month.
I measured out the letters on the edge of the table.
Wow, see how evenly spaced they are??? Just kidding, I ended up having to improvise a little to make the tabletop look a little more balanced.
And here is the finished product.
Here it is with the black number tins I made last month.
Cost for me to make– N O T H I N G!
Cost for you to make-
1- paints– I used Heirloom White by Rustoleum and it usually runs around $3.50- $4.00 a can. The can of chalkboard paint (not spray) was around 9 dollars at Home Depot.
2- numbers– I got these last month at a local big box store for around 5 dollars back in the garage sale sign department (ours is right next to the spray paint area).
3- table and chair set– Ikea…not sure how much but definitely under 30 bucks and even though it was purchased almost 10 years ago, I know they still carry this same model but look outside the box a little- you can find the table and chair sets like these at garage sales, Goodwill even on Craigslist.
Total cost for you– around $18.00 for just materials under $50.00 for everything!