Monday, March 28, 2011

Trash to Treasure Kitchen edition

About 8 years ago I bought a kitchen table.  I think I spent a whole $125.00 on the table and 4 chairs.  And in my mind, this table, so not my color choice or style would "do" because it was cheap.  And besides, I was totally gonna paint it.

EIGHT YEARS LATER..............I did just that.  I'm telling you, I'm a painting whore (not to be mistaken with a painted whore, BIG difference) and nothing is safe.

Furthermore, I must give credit where credit is due.  This table paint job totally happened due to Jere and his love for the red chair I did and his desire to have everything painted red in the kitchen.  Thanks babe for the nudge in the right direction.


BEFORE:
Nothing ever happens is Blaine.....BOR-ING, BOR-ING, BOR-ING!
Vanilla at its best.  No?

So here's what I did.  I began by chipping away all the crusted on nasty that 2 and 3 year olds leave behind on tables and chairs.  I sprayed it down with TSP and cleaned it.  Then, I spray primed it gray.  Oh you read right.  Not even a pretend sanding.


Oh spray primer, how I love thee!

And then, I SPRAY PAINTED the whole blasted thing in Rustoleum Colonial Red.  It took me like a nanosecond.  Ok fine....10 minutes, which in painting furniture time is a NANOSECOND!  After it dried, and I looked at it awhile, I took my wee sanding block to it and distressed it.  See, I had to paint it in Gloss, because that is the hardest finish and I wanted it to be durable, and me no likey gloss.  So, after a little gentle sanding and some distressing and then some glazing, I got this.....




And the chairs?  Easy squeezy.  A quick spray of Rustoleum Strawflower yellow and a quick distress and glaze and we were good to go.  Oh wait, I haven't bothered to distress the other two chairs, but whatever.  I'll get there eventually.

BEFORE:

This is what I like to call Plain Jane!

AFTER:
I just love the happy little yellow chair now.

And trust me, distressing/aging it a bit made a HUGE difference!

What's that you say?  You want to see just one more picture?  Ok fine, if you insist.


The kids beat the crap out of this table EVERY day, and I wipe it and scrub it down everyday.  It is holding up like a champ.  For about $20.00 in spraypaint, I have a brand new table and chairs, I really could not be happier with the outcome.

Is it a like, or a love?  What say ye?

Paintedly yours,

Allyson

11 comments:

LanaBanana said...

So cute! I was just getting on here to post pictures of my front room and the dining room chairs myself. :)

alison said...

i have to say that the "painting whore" vs. "painted whore" made me almost choke on my breakfast this mornning!! you are hilarious, girl. and no sanding before priming??? you rebel, you ;) i love the red table...i am a sucker for anything painted red! my computer monitor is going on strike, i fear, so i didn't realize the chairs were yellow until you showed a closer pic. i like the distressing on them! probably a good idea to go ahead and distress since the kiddos will naturally do that eventually anyway! you just keep on keepin' on girl....before you know it you'll have your own hgtv show (can you tell that i love me some hgtv?? this is the second comment i've managed to work their name into!)

jen said...

Busy girl! Red-the blood of angry men, the personality of half my family. How I love thee.

Kristina P. said...

So funny! I think we were given the exact same table by Adam's parents. We also tried to paint it. I painted it white, but I don't think I used the right kind of paint, and it looked dull and boring.

Love the red!

The Atomic Mom said...

Great colors. But why do you distress it? I'm just curious?.

Chera Pierson said...

Love it!!! Now I really want to re-do my furniture!!!!

Me in the Tree said...

I LOVE the RED table! And the cute yellow chairs remind me of a yellow chair I had for Joyce when she was little. You are Amaza...Decorating Diva!

WhisperingWriter said...

I really like it. Great job!

Greg and Tammy said...

BEE YOU TIFUL!!!

And appreciate the Guffman reference.

Andrea said...

I love it! But I think you should have let your kids have their hand at it with markers before you worked your magic.

Teresa said...

Dang, I love that red! I wish I had the guts to paint my table red, I KNOW I would love it, just don't know what's stopping me. Mine is still the same ol' brown stain from 20 yrs ago, ugh.