This month, I’m blessed to be moving my furniture painting set up from our garage to a studio. The past several months, my wife Julie patiently endured our garage being over run with furniture projects. Soon, the minivan will be back in it’s rightful home, hidden from the hot Texas sun!Almost a year ago, before our daugther arrived, I finally painted our dining table. It was long overdue, as the top was terribly water stained, and our kids were to a point where a table cloth would have to be replaced daily due to kiddo spills. So in our garage, I sanded it and applied black rustoleum semi-gloss paint, with a 6 inch cabinet roller. It turned out great–except the chairs didn’t match.
Fast forward 10 months, the chairs and table are now quite the combination!
A while back, I promised Julie we would tackle the chairs this weekend. So Friday night on our back patio, with Brillo pads in hand, we scoured over each chair, cleaning them down to the original stained wood. On Saturday afternoon, I painted the chairs, using 4 extra large cans of black semi-gloss Rustoleum professional high performance spray paint. The photo below chairs the last chair to be painted, contrasting the old with the new.
After a few hours of drying, I returned to the chairs and used course sand paper to linear distress each chair. Wow, did they all of a sudden pop out with great character! I did the same with the table inside too.
Then last night, while watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Julie and I recovered the seat cushions with zebra print oil cloth. The material, which Julie ordered online, is a plastic or vinyl type covering that will allow us to wipe off every last mess our 4 kiddos make on their chairs. That is a huge relief, as our former cushions, recovered by Julie and her mom a year after we were married, became quite the eyesore after many little person spills. See below for what I’m talking about! We are so glad guests to our home will no longer sit on those covers.
Finally, right before midnight, the final product was complete! We are really excited about our new family dining set. It’s amazing how the chairs are transformed, and has a great look that is very family friendly.