I mentioned a while ago that I used to have a huge fear of painting furniture. A fear so monumental that I have furniture which dates back to the disco era that has sat in my home untouched for years because I was so afraid of messing it up.
That was until I was able to successfully paint an old kitchen table. When I say “successfully”, I mean that I didn’t mess it up to the point of it being unrecognizable. I just wanted to make that clear because my idea of success and yours is probably completely different.
But it was just enough to get me stoked about refinishing furniture. So stoked that since taking on this little project, I have refinished and/or am in the process of finishing five other pieces in my home using all the materials that I used for that kitchen table redo!
Which means one of two things:
I am a really kickass painter (and thrifty too!) Look at me not spending any more moolah on these projects!
As Chandler Bing would say, “could I BE spending any less money?”
Or two: I am a really suckass painter (and cheap too!) Look at me making mistakes left and right!
As Chandler Bing would say, ” could I BE any less handy?”
This project has been in the back of my mind since the moment we found kitchen chairs on the side of the road.
Back in 2009, my husband and I were taking the kids for a Sunday drive and saw the aforementioned chairs as well as a round table in someone’s garbage pile at the curb. We actually looked around for hidden cameras or someone with a booby trap waiting for unsuspecting people to show up and steal these chairs away. After the initial shock wore off, we loaded the chairs into the back of our car and sped off like the criminals we felt we were.
So we cleaned them up and added them to the table we already had:
That table was my Gramma’s table in her former home. But dammit if those dark chairs leave the kitchen feeling a little, well, dark. The color on our walls is a teal color so it’s a little dark to begin with, but the chairs just made it seem even darker.
Then I added some stick-on numbers to the backs of the chairs to make them a little more whimsical. So whimsical in fact, that the girls ended up playing with them, chipping away at them one by one.
Until finally after looking at these chairs for one day too many, I said enough.
This was my inspiration:
Sorry for the grainy picture but this is the kitchen from the Dunphy Family home featured on one of our favorite shows, Modern Family.
I have been loving on these chairs since day one but finding chairs that looked like these were kind of hard and proved way too expensive for our budget.
But after closer inspection of our black chairs, I realized they look very similar to the Modern Family chairs.
All I would need to do is paint our new-to-us-road chairs! A hard task for the old scared of painting furniture Kari but the new and improved not afraid of painting Kari?
No match at all.
Okay, maybe a little match.
Actually, I was pretty much afraid I was gonna make a mess of these too but I decided I was not going to let fear stand in my way as I dragged the new-to-us-road chairs to the garage two at a time to begin the process.
I know this looks very seamless and easy but it wasn’t.
These primed chairs sat in my garage for a good three weeks before I even got to paint them.
Three weeks without chairs in the kitchen isn’t good.
I also knew I needed chair pads on these because as cool as these chairs look they hurt your ass like no one’s business and I have littler kids who sit on their knees a lot, so cushions were definitely needed.
I ended up finding some online at World Market for $9.99 on sale each.
I couldn’t even wait to move the box to take the picture, I was that excited.
About chair pads.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
I edited the picture after I added my blog watermark and I am too lazy to go back and change it.
See you won’t get this lack of quality over at Pioneer Woman’s blog.
Here is the before again:
And the after.
I didn’t have to spend anything other than the money I had spent on the previous paint project because I already had all of the supplies.
Here is what you would need if you are interested in painting your furniture:
– An electric sander. I mean, you could use sandpaper but it will take you a lot longer. I did, however, use sandpaper on smaller, harder to reach areas though.
– Primer. I used the smallest can they had and I have already used it for three projects and still have lots more.
– Paint- the color I used was called Egg Cream by Behr for this project.
– A really good paintbrush.
– Polyurethane. I used two coats for each chair and by the way, this will always be your last step in painting furniture.