Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend Update: Life rules and a fresh coat

I subscribe to 2 cardinal rules in life:

1) Be nice to others, it usually gets you what you want
2) A glossy coat of white paint fixes all evils.

Which is by no means to say this dining room table was evil, just a little ho-hum and the perfect piece for a project on a dark and stormy weekend. Luckily, I have a roommate who is up for a little DIY action. So last weekend, the paint cans got pop'd and the brushes started flying.

My brush was apparently flying a little too fast, as I had to go back and clean up all the drips! The original plan was two coats, but as you can see below, that didn't quite cut it, so we ended up with 4 coats in all.

There was a lot of help to go around. Mostly in the unhelpful variety that requires you to paint additional coats because there are nose prints all over everything.

These yellow cane chairs have fabulous detailing on the back and a bright and cheery color, but were in bad need of a recover.
Step one was to remove the the seat and the clean up the frame. The paint was in good condition and we loved the yellow color, so just a good cleaning with soap and water was all they needed.

Underneath the old fabric, was this even older fabric that I loved for the graphic pattern and the cheecky, resort feel. But it it was badly stained and very dirty on most of the chairs, so sadly it couldn't be salvaged.
Gray with a little stripe replaced it (why I didn't photograph this step, I don't know), along with some extra cushioning and they're just like new. All that yellow was a little much, so we mixed in some metal woven chairs that had been on the patio.

...and the glossy white makes me happy every time I walk through the dining room!


  1. Looks fabulous! I'm on the hunt for chairs like those, I check craigslist almost every day... starting to become a bit of an obsession haha!

  2. This looks great!! I'm glad that your helpers were so involved, too.

  3. Brilliant ~ all the way around! We should get together and compare painting notes...I worked on the kitchen this weekend. I think there is more paint in my hair than on the walls.

  4. Starfish-I've done many a craig's list search for chairs like this too. I would love to tell you I finally hit the jackpot...but these are my roommates!

  5. Thanks everyone! It makes me happy to see the table every time I open the front door!

  6. Great job on the table! I'm in the process of painting a wood table very much like yours! Wish me luck.

  7. Good luck, Sarah! This was actually much easier and simpler than I expected.

    My saving grace was the liquid sander. Best product ever!