Friday, September 2, 2011

Childhood Table & Chairs Redo

Last November, I decided to clean out my parent's house to have a garage sale. It was a huge undertaking, but I came across some great stuff! Up in the attic, were many of our childhood toys. Some had gotten so hot that they had melted together over the 20+ years up there! I found our old riding toys, an old wooden cradle, a wooden Noah's Ark, wooden rocking chairs, our kid sized table and chairs and much more! I immediately ran downstairs and asked mom if I could take the table and chairs home for E to use. She decided since I had taken the initiative to clean out the house, that they could be mine (I do have twin brothers and all, but I'm the self-proclaimed favorite). The boys had no idea what was up in that attic and they certainly weren't going to climb up there and clean it out. I was super duper excited! There may or may not have been grumbling, complaining, and bitterness that I had the table and chairs, but guess who climbed up in the hot attic and drug them down?!

The table and chairs sat in our den for a few months just the way they were (dark, stained wood). We have a lot of dark wood in our house, so I decided to liven up the set a bit (I asked permission AFTER I painted, since I knew I would meet some resistance). I wanted E to really enjoy the table and chairs like I did. I used spray paint for the chairs and table base, and then applied chalkboard paint to the table top so E could draw on it. I LOVE how it turned out, and E did too! Since I knew the set would take a beating, I went ahead and distressed it a bit so it would look purposeful. I used Valspar spray paint from Lowes. The colors I chose were Berry (red), Mediterranean (blue), and Hubbell House (yellow). Spray paint is so easy to use as long as you take your time and do several thin coats so you don't get drips.

Love how these colors look together!

Yes, I am well aware that zebras, hippos, and elephants to not belong on a farm! Gotta love the Target dollar section for some plastic animals!

Do you all love spray paint as much as I do?!

Linking to:
Perfectly Imperfect Linky Party
Home Stories A to Z
Tatertots and Jello
Serenity Now 
Addicted 2 Decorating
Just A Girl
Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party
Power of Paint Party

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Mimi said...

How wonderful you found those chairs! And I love the colors you chose. Spray paint is awesome and I am really crazy about Rustoleum 2x right now. Great job here and i am so glad you shared at Serenity Now!

Oly Momma said...

That turned out great. I love the brave colors you chose, it paid off. Thanks for sharing! - Jess at OlyMomma

Shannon said...

So great! I love the bright colors, I'm re-doing my girls playroom and have been thinking about changing their table and chairs color. Did you use a primer at all or any top coat?? Spray painting sounds so much easier than painting ;)

Beth said...

Thanks Shannon! I did use a spray primer (Zinsser) but no topcoat. I usually use Rustoleum spray paints but I liked the Valspar colors better for this project.

Deborah March said...

SOOOO fabulous, and how lucky you are to have these from your childhood!

Deborah (happily visiting from

Sandy said...

I had a set similar to this as a child.....I wish I had it now, even though I have no little ones around anymore....maybe soon...:) I LOVE what you did here! I think it is just perfect! I would lov eto do this to my kitchen set!!!! :) Sandy

Sommer said...

Awww I love this set! I have been looking for a cute little table set for my girls for some time now but they are all so over priced it seems. LOL about zebras not being a farm animal! I would love to have to share your talents at my VIP party today.
Have a great holiday weekend!

Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight said...

I am in love! This turned out so darling! Love the colors you chose! I would love it if you would come link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!
xoxo, Ashley J

Heather said...

The color combination is awesome!