Our Kitchen Table and Chairs Get a Facelift (Finally)

Our kitchen table has been an eye sore for a very long while now. In 1999 we had a complete loss house fire at our first home and many generous friends and family gave us furniture and other items to get us through. These chairs were given to us that way and the table was purchased very quickly after from a thrift store while we were piecing together enough things to get by with. 15 years later we were still using them and they were still in their original state of ugly. Both the chairs and the table had the potential to have charm so we kept hanging onto them and using them!

The Ugly Before Photo

The Ugly Before Photo

One day (in the not so distant future I hope) Aaron is going to build us a kitchen island that will take the place of our current kitchen table and that has made this temporary furniture continue to land on the bottom of the to do list…for over 15 years now! However, this year I could simply take it no longer. I had a can of Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk paint laying around that I purchased from the Nest Interiors and Gifts in Johnson City, TN. (If you live in our area check out their awesome store at http://www.nestinteriorsandgifts.com/.) I was snowed inside and this created the perfect storm. Materials + Time to Spare = Opportunity. (A lot of projects are ready to go around here just waiting on opportunity which is a by product of having more ideas than time.) If you’ve never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk paint you need to google it and find the hundreds of awesome resources, tutorials and tips online. The official Annie Sloan website can be found at: http://www.anniesloan.com/

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Yes, it's worth the price!)

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Yes, it’s worth the price!)

I, however was too impatient to watch or read any of them, but I do think it would be beneficial. (And don’t tell that to Aaron- shhhhhhh- he and I are opposites in that regard!) The thing about this paint is it is made to go on top of finished furniture and doesn’t require sanding or stripping any existing finishes. That was perfect for this table and especially these high gloss, stained in the 1970s, super ugly chairs. I painted the table and the chairs in two coats and the paint was everything its’ advocates say it is- worth the high price for the steps of sanding to be eliminated. I then used some Annie Sloan dark wax on the chair’s edges to give it that rustic feel.

Caution: WET PAINT!

Caution: WET PAINT!

Project in Progress

Project in Progress

I’ve been on a stencil kick lately, so on the table I used a Martha Stewart stencil (purchased from Michael’s) and gave it a twist. Instead of painting the stenciled areas a different color I opted to use high gloss polyurethane sealer and stenciled the sealer on the table. The color is the same for the entire table, but the pattern is shiny and the reverse part is matte.

The stenciling process.

The stenciling process.

This project has some wait time.

This project has some wait time.

This gives our table a funky touch for our fun and unconventional home.

The completed look!

The completed look!

Ready to use.

Ready to use.

A kitchen table with a fun twist!

A kitchen table with a fun twist!

Even though the table is still hopefully temporary (It is I promise -this comment inserted by Aaron) I still am super happy I went ahead with this project. Who knows…maybe I will find a new home for it somewhere else in the house after the island finally comes to fruition. (Speaking of that island project-we have had great discussion and debate over the counter I would like Aaron to build for it- the most recent debate had to be moderated by my visting Mom. I have a design in mind that I want to jump in and try and Aaron’s mathematical, calculating mind can’t see it working out the way I imagine it- we will get there- eventually!)

-Kelli

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