Wednesday, April 6, 2011

made over.

over the past couple of weeks, i've been working on this project for a close friend of mine. she bought this table and chairs set off of craigslist for $70, with the intentions of me working some magic on it. it took me a couple of weeks to finish it, but we were both happy with the results!

before:
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country strong, huh? we both thought the "before" was pretty funny, but the size of the set was perfect for her kitchen, and the pieces were strong and durable. she wanted to do a "farm table" look to the table (similar to this table i did a while back), and i thought a putty green-gray color would be pretty for the chairs. plus, i think it's complementary to the "farm table" look.

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for the table, i stripped the stain off of the top, and the paint off of the legs, and had basically raw wood to work with. i did several layers of destroying and distressing with glaze, and various other products, until i was happy with the look.

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surprisingly enough, painting these chairs was my first experience with a paint sprayer. what a difference! so fast! i knew i'd needed one for months now, so i finally got one this past weekend, and i had a great time using it. so much faster.

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don't you love her modern candlesticks in contrast with the farm table?

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26 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE it! It looks absolutely gorgeous - i never would have picked it from the before! well done. :)

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  2. What type of paint sprayer did you buy? I have been interested in getting them but am intimated by all the choices.

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  3. Love the new look, much more sophisticated! Perfect with the jute rug! Nice work as always!

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  4. thanks, you guys! :)

    sadie - it is a wagner one. i was a little intimidated by it, but we got along nicely in the end. i'll let you guys know how i feel about it as time goes on...

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  5. I love the color of the chairs and yes a sprayer is always faster.

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  6. love it- what a spicy transformation! I too- am so curious about the sprayer- espcially for chairs it seems like its totally worth it- they are so tedious to paint! Are they pricey?

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  7. I have a formica table in the same style. Any suggestions on how to refinish it? (techniques)

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  8. Your makeover looks awesome! I love that you have taken such an ordinary table and made it look spectacular!

    I have been beyond intimidated about buying a paint sprayer. I think I'm just about ready to get over that hump. Thanks for sharing this!

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  9. So beautiful.

    Please, share how you were able to transform those blond, birch wood "stripes"...was it a brushstroke effect? Or simply a darker stain to make it look different?

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  10. That is so awesome!!! Makes you want to sit down for a cup of coffee, and stay all day!

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  11. This set looks awesome, and the modern candlesticks contrast very nicely. I've heard using a paint sprayer is awesome, but the clean-up is a pain. Do you feel the same?

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  12. AMAZING transformation!!! You took the total ordinary and created a quite stunning final finish! In LOVE! And totally inspired....keep sharing the awesome work :)

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  13. wow..I am speachless. What a fabulous job you did on transforming that table. LOVE the darker stain on the table top!!

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  14. I desperately need a paint sprayer too. Could you tell us more about which one you got and why? I would love a recommendation!

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  15. that is so beautiful!! awesome job, and she got it for a steal!!

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  16. I LOVE the table! Such a beautiful color & I love the combination with the candle sticks.

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  17. hey guys -

    i got a wagner sprayer. i am not sure of the exact type, but it was the one that was around $100 at lowe's. i didn' tget a big one that requires an air compressor, because at this point in the game, i don't really have space to use something so large. the paint went on pretty well. i strained it before using the sprayer, and i used a product that helps thin it out without watering it down before putting it into the sprayer. it went on just like spraypaint, but in larger amounts and thicker. towards the end of painting all 4 chairs, i started to get a little sputtering. i'm not sure why, but i plan to read up and figure out what the problem was. unfortunately, it seems like this is just one of the downsides of using a sprayer.

    but! the upside is that it only took me about 45 minutes to do 2 coats on all 4 chairs. WAY faster than it'd have taken to brush on, and the clean up was not that bad. it only took me a little while because this was my first time, and i was nervous about doing everything correctly. all in all, i think it was a good decision to get a sprayer, and hopefully i'll be saying the same thing in a few months when i have used it more! i wish i had a garage to work in, that way i didn't have to worry about overspray, etc, but hopefully that'll come in the future! :)

    as for the top of the table - i used several different faux painting products to achieve the look, and trust me, you do not want me to even tRY to explain it. haha. it was really just a do-it-ias-you-go type of thing. as you can see, it's not a "perfect" look we were going for, so i kind of just wiped on, wiped off. it was fun, but i'm not sure it's something i could really explain to you guys!

    maybe if i do another farm table look in the future i could make a video!

    thanks for all the sweet comments! :)

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  18. oh - and as for the blonde "stripes", i think once you strip it down to the raw wood, the stripes kind of go away once you start painting over them. they really only show when they are highlighted with blonde stain and poly. :)

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  19. Beautiful! What is the name of the paint color you used? And brand? I must paint something in my house with it.

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  20. What a lovely transformation. I could not have believe an ordinary table could become so EXTRAordinary!

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  21. Perfect! I love refinishing furniture! I bet that one took a long time. I also just bought a paint sprayer, with the intention of painting mismatched chairs I'm collecting. :)

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