Showing posts with label Chairs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chairs. Show all posts

Painted Dining Room Set Dry Brushed Two-Tone Gray

Do you have that one piece of furniture taking up valuable real estate in your garage or basement that you planned on giving a makeover one day? That one day turned into weeks, months and then years. The one you keep stubbing your toe on or have to move out of the way every time you need access to what's hiding behind it. Yeah, that one.

Well, today I'm sharing THAT elephant in our basement workshop that has been a pain in my backside for over 3 years. Finally, thanks to our monthly Furniture Fixer Upper challenge, I said enough and here is the Painted Dining Room Set Dry Brushed Two-Tone Gray.

Painted Dining Room Set Dry Brushed Gray

Painted Dining Room Set With Trestle Table and Jacobean Style Chairs

It feels so good to have unobstructed access to our power tools again. Even better, I don't have to remove a couple of chairs everytime I want to open the shop windows. See what I mean? Three years of this kind of crazy!

Painted Dining Room Set Before

Can you spot the trestle table base among the pile? Did you notice the top is missing? That's because it was leaning against our work table, blocking access to the miter saw...for 3 stinking years!

Painted Dining Room Set Table Top With Missing Leaf

Oh and check out the lovely upholstered seats that fell off when we tipped the chairs over, creating a plume of dust as they landed on the concrete floor...full of all kinds of nasty.

Painted Dining Room Set Nasty Old Chair Cushions

Anyway, before I get into the details of how I married the set of Jacobean style dining chairs with the trestle table that was missing a leaf, as mentioned above, it is our monthly Furniture Fixer Uppers challenge, one of my favorite days of the month.

Six talented and creative bloggers come together to breathe new life into six furniture pieces that had seen better days. You will find links to my friend's furniture makeovers at the bottom of this post.

In case you missed December's challenge, I shared how I found a hidden treasure under layers of paint on the Farmhouse Side Table Makeover.

Painted Dining Room Set Dry Brushed Two-Tone Gray

Painted Dining Room Set Light and Dark Gray

Starting with the trestle table, the underside had all the original mechanisms for an extension but sadly was missing the leaf. The plan was to build a replacement leaf and that felt overwhelming so the project was abandoned and left leaning against the worktable.

A Materials List is included for your convenience towards the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Trestle Dining Table Missing Leaf

Fast forward what felt like an eternity, we decided the idea of building a new leaf wasn't cost effective and only four of the six chairs were sturdy enough to use so a smaller table would work best. We left the mechanisms intact should the buyer decide to have a new leaf made.

To prevent the two top pieces from opening we first clamped them tightly closed and drilled 2-inch wood screws through the wood leaf mechanism. The screws could easily be removed if one wanted to add a leaf later.

Painted Dining Room Set Table Leaf Mechanism

Trestle Dining Table Top

When we acquired the table I got to work on it right away by stripping the glossy finish and sanding it down to the natural wood with an orbital sander. Unfortunately, the veneer was wearing thin so my hopes of staining the top dark walnut went out the window. I forgot to take a photo of the table before taking the sander to it.

Painted Dining Room Set Table Top Sanded

Onto to Plan B, staining it with Dixie Belle Voodoo Gel Stain in the color Up In Smoke.

Painted Dining Room Set Up In Smoke Gel Stain

You could still see the blotches where I couldn't remove the old finish so I decided to give the top a dry brushed look with layers of Dixie Belle mineral chalk paint in the colors Driftwood and Hurricane Gray.

Painted Dining Room Set Makeover Supplies

The apron was painted the darker Hurricane Gray using a wedge paint brush. I used a square paint brush to paint the edge along the top with the lighter Driftwood color. It made painting a straight line against the two other paint colors so easy without having to use painter's tape.

To protect the top I applied three thin coats of Dixie Belle Gator Hide, a water-repellent matte finish that has become my absolute favorite clear coat finish.

Painted Dining Room Set Dry Brushed Table Top

Trestle Dining Table Base

The trestle table base was painted two-tone gray as well. I find you have to be careful with painting two-tone furniture because sometimes it can come off looking cheap. To add depth to the colors I applied a thin coat of Daddy Van's Shadow Black wax, wiping off the excess with an old cut up t-shirt.

This is what the trestle table base looked like before...

Painted Dining Room Set Trestle Table Base Before
and after painted two-tone gray...
Painted Dining Room Set Trestle Table Base

Jacobean Style Dining Chairs

The chairs did not come with the table but because of their chunky Jacobean style, I thought they would pair beautifully. Don't they remind you of something you'd see in a castle?

Painted Dining Room Set Chairs Before

Sadly as I mentioned earlier in this post, only four chairs were sturdy enough to use. We have plans for the other two but more about that in an upcoming post. These solid wood chairs I suspect are reproductions from the 1920's and they had seen their better days. Some of the dowels had come loose on the arms and slats so they had to be reglued and clamped overnight.

There were too many knicks and worn bits to fill and so I've embraced the imperfections by declaring the dining chairs loaded with rustic charm. The two armchairs were painted Hurricane Gray and the other two Driftwood. Applying black wax and letting it nestle into those imperfections has them standing at attention and part of the charm.

Painted Dining Room Set Dark Waxed Imperfections

But I'm not going to lie, painting these chairs by hand was tedious, boring, and time-consuming, however, the task was made much easier by using a round brush. I would highly recommend spraying them and had it not been -30C outside, I would have definitely sprayed them with the handy Homeright Paint Sprayer.

I'm quite pleased with how the black wax deepened both the dark and light gray. Here are comparisons with and without wax over both colors.

Painted Dining Room Set Driftwood Color Before and After Dark Wax

Painted Dining Room Set Hurricane Gray Before and After Dark Wax

Dining Chair Seats Reupholstered

The wood on the upholstered seats was cracked and the screws stripped to the point where they no longer attached to the chairs. We replaced the seats with new plywood, using the old seats as a template.

Painted Dining Room Set New Plywood Seat Bases

Funny story about the fabric...

My eyes immediately set on the most perfect plaid fabric - so perfect I didn't bother looking at any others. Bonus, the sign above read 2 for 1 sale. There was a lot of grunting going on as I heaved it from the bottom of the stacks of fabric and again while carrying the heavy bolt to the cutting table. Just as the gal was ready to cut my 2 meters of glorious fabric she said, "you know this is $90 a meter, right and it's not on sale?" I nearly jumped over the cutting table to grab those scissors right out of her hand. Then give her a big hug for the heads up.

Feeling totally deflated I headed over to the clearance section and found this striped fabric for 60% off the already reduced price. I marched right back to that same cutting table and showed that $90 bolt of fabric whose boss.

Painted Dining Room Set Chair Fabric

Here is the dark gray armchair finished...

Hurricane Gray Painted Dining Chairs

...and the light gray painted chair finished.

Driftwood Gray Painted Dining Chairs

Upholstering dining chairs are easy peasy and I always suggest they are the perfect starter project for learning upholstery. If tackling upholstery makes you nervous I highly recommend The Complete Guide To Upholstery, it is a book always by my side during upholstery projects. Like when I upholstered these Farmhouse Cane Back Chairs using a drop cloth, our thrift store score Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs, and these pretty Teal Floral Cross Back Chairs.

As promised here is a convenient Materials List so you can see what products I used for this painted dining room set.

Materials List

So what's the moral of this furniture makeover story? Stop procrastinating, pull up your big girl panties and get the job done because the stress level of working around that elephant in the room is just not worth it. Besides, the task most likely isn't as bad as you built it up to be.

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Painted Dining Room Set Before and After

Now let's head over to see what my friends did with these furniture pieces.
Furniture Fixer Uppers Challenge January Befores
The Interior Frugalista (that's me)

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A Vintage Student Desk that went all glam

I've said it before and I'll say it again (at the risk of sounding a little cuckoo) sometimes these furniture pieces speak to me. Some speak louder than others like this vintage student desk. The plan going in was to paint the desk a masculine blue for a boy's room and the desk top and drawer pulls with black chalkboard paint.

I had the paint cans ready and a vision embedded in my head and then this happened...
Vintage Student Desk Fit For A Princess
Evidently, this little desk wanted to be soft and feminine with a dose of glam. Perhaps because someone made a previous attempt at painting her red and then abandoned her half way through.
Vintage Student Desk Before Makeover

Before I get into the details of this student desk makeover, today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day, one of my favorite days of the month.

Six talented and creative bloggers come together to breathe new life into six furniture pieces that had seen better days. You will find links to my friend's furniture makeovers at the bottom of this post.

In case you missed last months challenge, I transformed an Antique Wash Stand and turned it into a coffee station for our dining room.

Vintage Student Desk With Slide Out Shelf

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

Prepping and sanding

When I first saw the desk I assumed it had been chalk painted with a clear wax finish but soon realized it was painted with red enamel paint. The makeover had been abandoned half way through because the back and one side remained the original wood.

Enamel paint is glossy and smooth and so that meant sanding was involved for the chalk paint to have some bite. While I had the sandpaper out I decided to try and salvage the wood top and the slide-out shelf. But first, the glossy lacquer finish had to be removed with paint stripper.

Note: I normally prefer using a low to odorless paint stripper like EZ Strip but I was all out and didn't feel like getting out of paint splattered yoga pants and putting on lipstick to go get some.
Removing Finish from Vintage Student Desk
To remove any stubborn remaining bits of old finish I used an orbital sander.
Vintage Student Desk Wood Stripped

Changing the plan and painting it pink, what?

During the sanding process, I kept getting visions of the desk painted soft pink. No matter how much I tried shaking the idea, PINK PINK PINK kept popping into my head. Alrighty, pink it is but all I had on hand was about an eighth of a can.

If you've been following me then you know I'm on a mission to use up all the paint in the workshop before buying any new paint. So I created my own custom light pink color by adding a 50:50 ratio of Vintage Cupcake (Country Chic Paint) and Linen White (Rustoleum Chalked Paint).

This is after the first coat of pink...
Vintage Student Desk One Coat Pink Chalk Paint
But if I were to be completely honest, these two paint brands did not marry well together despite both being water-based paint. I couldn't go over the same area twice without the paint lifting, it wasn't self-leveling so you could see the brush strokes (despite using a high-quality synthetic brush), and it took several coats to get full coverage. Don't get me wrong, I love both brands but perhaps it's a good idea to stick to the same brand when mixing paint colors.

Going all voodoo on the stained top

I stained the top of the desk and slide-out shelf with VooDoo Gel Stain in the color Up In Smoke by Dixie Belle Paint Company. Applied with a foam brush and wiped with a cheese cloth rag.
Vintage Student Desk Gel Stained Top

Going all glam with metallic gold

Now that it was painted pink with a soft gray top, this diva desk was screaming for pops of bright metallic gold. So I dipped the legs and painted the original pulls using DecoArt Americana Bright Metallic Gold.
Vintage Student Desk Gold Metallic Dipped Legs

Inspiring words sealed in gold

I couldn't stop there, in PicMonkey I created a graphic with the saying, "Oh the places you will go"  to transfer onto the top of the desk. I enlarged the graphic to print on three sheets of paper, roughly 34-inches wide, in Once printed and the sheets taped together, I simply traced the graphic with pen and graphite paper lined up underneath.
Vintage Student Desk Printed Graphic

Vintage Student Desk Image Transfer On Stain
I went over the pencil marks with a Sharpie Metallic Gold pen. It's hard to see the gold letters in the photo below but in person, they stand out much better.
Vintage Student Desk With Metallic Gold Graphic
For a little surprise, I added the same butterflies to the pull-out shelf.
Vintage Student Desk Pull Out Shelf Graphic

Protecting the finishes

I used three Dixie Belle Paint Company products to protect the finishes on this piece for two reasons. First, because I had the products on hand thanks to Dixie Belle so kindly sending them to me last year to try on this Vintage Waterfall Dresser. Second, because being a piece of furniture for a child, I wanted a tougher protective finish.

Best Dang Wax

The sides, front, back, and drawer fronts as well as the gold painted pulls and dipped feet were protected with Best Dang Wax and applied with a lint free rag.

Satin Clear Coat

Under the desk where little feet will probably rub along the back and sides I used Clear Coat Satin Finish, which is a non-yellowing and a self-leveling protective finish.

Tips: It is best to wait at least 1 hour after painting a piece before applying Clear Coat. The satin finish is a thick product and therefore it is helpful to dip just the tips of a brush in water first to help the product glide on smoothly. Only one thin coat is necessary for a protective water-resistant finish but I prefer applying another thin coat, waiting an hour between coats.

Gator Hide

Chances are the young lady who gets this desk may bring her favorite beverage to enjoy while doing homework or creating masterpieces. For that reason, I wanted a water-repellent finish on the desk top and pull out shelf.

Tips: It is best to wait 3-4 days before applying gator hide over the VooDoo Gel Stain finish. Apply three very thin layers with a foam brush and wait for 2-hours between coats. If applying gator hide over a painted finish, wait 1-2 days before applying.

Polka dot drawers

What young diva doesn't like polka dots, right? I found this black & white wrapping paper for just over a $1 per roll.
Vintage Student Desk Lining Drawers With Wrapping Paper
It's perfect for lining the drawers. After cutting three pieces to fit the drawers, I brushed Mod Podge both on the back of the paper and the bottom of the drawers. Once the paper was dry, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge directly onto the top of the paper for a protective finish.
Vintage Student Desk With Polka Dot Lined Drawers

Adding a ladder back chair

Every desk needs a chair and Mr. Frugalista found this tall narrow ladder back chair that fit perfectly with the desk.
Ladder Back Chair Before For Vintage Student Desk
All I did was unify them with the same paint and stain.
Vintage Student Desk With Ladder Back Chair Makeover
Mustn't forget an apple for the teacher.
Old Books And Apple On Vintage Student Desk
When these furniture pieces speak, I've learned to toss my vision and expectations out the window and just go with the flow.

And I'm so glad I did.

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Vintage Student Desk Before and After

I'm so excited to see what my talented Furniture Fixer Upper friends did with these furniture pieces.

August Furniture Fixer Uppers Before Photos
The Interior Frugalista (moi)

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Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs

The plan today was to share the easiest chair makeover EVER. One - two hours tops and this baby would be declared finished. Less than two hours later I hung up my shop apron and went for a celebratory dinner. So proud of the way I transformed my beechwood chair into a playful Scandinavian half painted finish.

And then this happened...

The following morning with coffee in hand I went down to the workshop to admire my fulfilled creative vision.

And I hated it.

I'll share the reasons why later in this post but in the meantime, this is the end result - which I love.

Scandinavian Half Painted Chair with Bentwood Stool

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this makeover I'm so excited to announce a new monthly blog series called the Thrifty Chicks.

Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop

On the second Wednesday of every month, a few of my creative junk lov'n friends and I will be coming together to share a project based on a different theme. This month the theme is chair and our task is to either transform or repurpose a chair.

How To Create The Scandinavian Half Painted Look On A Wooden Chair

Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. If you make a purchase through the links, there is no extra charge to you and I will receive a small commission to support my blogging wardrobe with a fresh new set of pajamas (don't judge). See my full disclosure policy.

Supply List

Beechwood Chair
Pure Ocean by Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
Linen White by Rustoleum Chalked Paint
Minwax Polycrylic Gloss Finish
Mouse Sander and 80-grit Mouse Sanding Pads
Painters Tape

This is what my chair looked like before...
Danish Beechwood Chair Before Makeover

Not bad for a $2 thrift store find but it did have a little damage on one of the legs. Looks like either a doggie got hungry one day and called the chair lunch or the previous owner sat in these chairs regularly wearing stilettos and wore a groove into the wood. Something tells me it was the later.

Beechwood damaged chair leg before makeover

Prepping and repairing the chair

The first task was to give the chair a good scrub with vinegar and water. Then I filled the gouges and sanded only the parts of the chair that I would be painting. In the photo below you can see how I used painter's tape to protect the areas I would not be painting and to create lines where the chair would be half painted.

Prepping the Danish Wood Chair before makeover

Executing my paint vision

I painted half of the seat, the top rail and dipped feet in two coats of the color Pure Ocean, a turquoise blue chalk paint by Dixie Belle Paint Company. After a couple hours I declared the chair the easiest makeover EVER and walked away proud of my half painted finish.

Hated the look

This is where I walked into the shop with coffee in hand to admire my Scandinavian half painted chair vision and froze.

I hated it.

It looked all wrong.

The dipped legs looked dippy, the back rungs looked naked, and the whole thing looked like a half-baked attempt at painting a chair. Sorry, but in my state of panic, I completely forgot to take a photo.

Onto Plan B

It felt like the chair needed a pop of crisp white but the question was where? Painting the other half of the seat defeated the half painted look. After a lot of pondering I decided to paint just the two middle chair rungs white.

I liked it.

I liked it a lot.

Top half of Scandinavian Half Painted Wooden Chair

But now the bottom half of the chair looked like it needed some white and so I added a white dipped layer above the blue on each leg.

Hated it.


Don't the legs remind you of a croquet mallet?

Changed the plan for Scandinavian Half Painted Chair Makeover

...and the ridges were sanded and onto Plan C.

Plan C

Go big or go home said the Aqua dipped feet.

Scandinavian Chair with Aqua Dipped style legs

I'm much happier with the results - it just needed that pop of fresh crisp white that is so popular in Scandinavian furniture.

Danish wooden chair half painted in Aqua

As for the Bentwood Stool

This is the second makeover for the bentwood stool. Last year I gave it a Farmhouse Style Makeover (oh goodness, I just realized I used the same branches in those photos too). After several unsuccessful attempts to sell it at local markets, it sat in the basement collecting dust. Realizing the stool would pair beautifully with the Scandinavian chair, I gave it a fresh new look.

Top view of Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs with Bentwood Stool

Want to know the best part about my Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chair?

...there are TWO!

Pair of Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs with Bentwood Stool

If you like the half painted dipped leg Scandinavian look, please share this makeover with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs Before and After

So what do you think of the Scandinavian half painted chair technique, do you like the look?

I can't wait to see how my talented friends transformed these chairs/chair parts.
Repurposed Dining Chair by Little Vintage Cottage
Repurposed Chair to Bird Feeder by Thrifty Rebel Vintage
Leg-o-matic Chair Refresh by Lora Bloomquist

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