I was ready to sell my black dining room table on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I had just posted it on the website and within 5 minutes, deleted the post. I had a last-minute thought to chalk paint it a lighter color and change out the fabric on the seat cushions. I had just fixed up my aunts table so was ready to take on another project.
The black table and chairs have moved with me twice. Patrick and I bought it when we built a house McKinney, Texas before Jack was born and Thomas was a toddler. I like the style of the table, but was ready for a change.
I took the table apart and made room in the garage for my project.
I started with the table legs.
I decided to do the legs in white and the table top and chairs in gray. Rustoleum makes a fairly inexpensive chalk paint that you can find at most hardware stores. Home Depot and Menards had everything I needed.
For the legs I used the color Linen White.
You can see where I sanded at the edges after painting to give it a vintage look.
Next came the chairs…
I waited overnight for the last coat to dry and then sanded the edges and corners of the chairs.
After I sanded all parts, I put on a light stain with a damp old towel. For this I used Varathane wood stain in Sunbleach.
I let that dry over night and put on two coats of polyurethane sanding in between coats.
You can find this at any home improvement store.
In my new house, I have a lot of green, gray and cream in my furniture, fabric and walls which helped me pick my fabric.
I sprayed the fabric with Scotchgard so it any food spills will come out.
The final before and after pictures:
While buying fabric for the chairs, I also found new fabric for my dining room curtains…… Come back to see it soon!