When Emily from Elizabeth Joan Designs spotted this darling child size Queen Anne style table and chairs at a friend’s garage sale, she was smitten. But since she already had a child size table for her own kids, she couldn’t justify the $20 price tag. Imagine her delight when later that evening she discovered her friend hadn’t sold the set and it was waiting for curbside trash pickup!
Emily brought the table and chairs home, where she went to work sprucing them up. She spent several days sanding away the original, damaged finish. She created a custom stain using Rustoleum’s Weathered Gray and Minwax Special Walnut. “The combination of these two stains worked perfectly!” Emily says happily. “It was exactly the look I going for, a warm distressed gray-ish color.” She finished the table by applying four coats of Minwax Polycrylic to give the table and chairs a little shine and a lot of durability. The results are gorgeous!
Go to Elizabeth Joan Designs to learn more about this makeover.
Tracie from The Bunch has a cute little toddler who didn’t love her high chair anymore. Luckily, Great-Grandma had picked up these little chairs at a garage sale and passed them on to their family, so Tracie an her husband decided to use them to make a new spot for their daughter to enjoy her meals.
The chairs didn’t have seats when they arrived, but that wasn’t a problem for Tracie. Her husband crafted new seats from scrap wood. He also built a darling table to match the chairs. They finished the set with a two-tone combination of white paint and dark stain. Obviously, Tracie’s daughter is thrilled with her new dining furniture! I’m super impressed that those worn out chairs could turn into such a beautiful set.
Find out more about this makeover at The Bunch.
If you have a table that’s just for the kids, then you have a pretty good idea of what those tables can look like after years of use: scratched, dented, and topped with lots of happy scribbles! That was about the shape this table was in when it was given to Karen of Redoux Interiors.
Karen transformed the table with several colors of chalk paint and some creative paint techniques to get the look she wanted. It was a complete overhaul! I love the new look: the combo of a moody, cloudy gray on top and a sunny yellow on the bottom is a perfect pairing. I’m sure this table is going to enjoy it’s second life as a sophisticated coffee table.
Karen offers some really great tips about different painting techniques that you can use to achieve a similar look at Redoux Interiors.