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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Design Intervention - A Table Ending
This is a semi-makeover since I am calling on your opinions on how to "finish" this makeover ending.
I found this table and its 4 matching chairs on Craigslist for $40. It came with an extra leaf for extra seating so I thought that was a good deal. We desperatly need seating in the breakfast area.
The table was yucky maroon with lovely off-white legs. I think the legs and the curvature on the chairs is what appealed to me.
My original inspiration for the table came from this picture:
So when I started sanding the table, I was so bummed to find out that the top was not wood but plastic! Okay, so obviously now a stained wood top would no longer work. Uh!
Then I knew that we have plans to paint our kitchen cabinets white (hold your breath, some day!) - so I need a bit of contrast in the space. Hence, I decided to paint the table black.
And here is the play-by-play:
Step 1: I first wiped down the table to clean off any dirt, grease and dust.
Step 2: The paint job on the table was horrible. I was peeling it right off. Got lazy and decided to use paint thinner. Paint thinner took forever so I decided to sand right away. I really should have stuck to just peeling the paint off. But I got to use this lovely lady (yes, my tools are feminine):
Step 3: After hours of sanding, I got impatient and decided it was time for the primer. I used a gray primer since I was painting the table a dark color.
Step 4: After priming, I spray painted first with Rustoluem Black - Flat. This was a mistake and it made the table look like charcoal. I then went out and purchased Black semi-gloss paint. The table started to look much better.
Step 5: Finally for durability and protection, (since this will be a high traffic piece of furniture), I used Wipe-On Poly.
Here is the before again:
Here is the after:
Now, I need your help on how this happy ending should play out for this table. As you notice, I left the legs as-is. My husband likes it this way but I am not completely sold. I would like to paint the legs black as well. What do you think?
Second, what should I do with the chairs? Should I paint them all black as well?
You all are so talented and I know I can count on your great ideas.
I am still not completely finished with the top of the table as I have a little bit of "personalizing" to do to make it my own. Here is a sneak peek.
Can you read what it says?
I will be back with hopefully the final reveal of the whole set.