I am SO excited to share this with you all! And also relieved to be done. This project took me longer than expected. Usually I tackle small, easy crafts that take a day or two, but this one took a few months.
I was aware that it would take some time because, well, I have a baby and a toddler. That in itself says a lot about where all my time goes…
But also because I have a busy personality. I like to be on the go and I’m not a fan of sitting idle for long. I love creating new things, meeting new people and challenging myself. My mind is constantly scrolling with ideas and I’m pretty sure that some of my friends think I’m crazy because of it (you know who you are, haha!).
This project though, wasn’t anything I was thinking of until it was placed before me, and then, that’s when I conjured up a plan in my head.
My sister-in-law ever so graciously gave me this little table and chairs set. My niece and nephew outgrew it so she handed it over to me! At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it or where I would even put it once it was finished, but I knew I wanted to keep it.
Then, out of nowhere, I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. The idea just popped into my head and I didn’t think twice. I knew I had to create what I was picturing in my mind, so I jumped right in and got to work!
Also, side note. I took more before photos but somehow misplaced them, so the ones below are all I have unfortunately. At least it gives you an idea of how it looked!
I began with the chair seats and the tabletop. I wanted to see how well the stain turned out first before I started painting the frames.
They turned out perfectly in the end, but it took a few tries. I had to redo one of the chair seats because I didn’t sand it well enough the first time around, so when I stained it, it looked more like brown paint instead of stain. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fix it, but alas, I did!
It took a lot of elbow grease to sand the tabletop thanks to stickers and markers, so after that was finished (along with the chair seats) I was done with sanding! Which actually ended up working out because I had purchased a jar of chalk paint to use on the frames that needed minimal/no sanding… *happy dance!*
Speaking of which, I really loved the chalk paint I chose. I have to give a quick shout out to Country Chic Paint for not only making a quality product, but a quality product that’s easy to work with, looks gorgeous and is safe for children. Score! Might I also add, that they are a Canadian based company and I always love to support fellow Canadians.
I know that I could have added some extra texture after painting with the chalk paint, but I wasn’t really going for “that” look this time. I do swoon over a beautiful piece of distressed furniture, but for this specific project, I wasn’t really feeling that vibe. After all… my children will be smearing it with food, juice, and who knows what else, so it doesn’t need to be perfect, because it won’t stay perfect!
After everything was painted and the staining was complete, I added a few coats of clear to protect it… although, you can’t really protect it from a toddler and a baby!
For the chair and table frames I used a clear coat from another brand called Fusion, which is also a Canadian based company. I’ve actually had this jar sitting around my house for quite some time, so I figured I should use it up. I’m actually very curious to see how it holds up and how long it can keep the furniture looking pristine.
On the chair seats and tabletop I just used polyurethane because it’s what I had lying around in my husbands shop and I know it works well!
I’m delighted with how well it turned out and my son is in love with “his” new table and chairs, which in turn, makes me one happy momma! I can’t wait until Scarlett is old enough to sit there with him. Here’s hoping it will stand the test of time!