Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michelle's table and 6 chairs

I've been working on this blog for some time...smaller jobs have come up and I've been able to do them and I've just been a blog-slacker!! No excuses, right?

Well let me tell you about this table makeover I did. The plan was to have the this table she had for about ten years go to rehab! It's just outdated and no longer fits in their taste for style. 

She wanted a black table top, and black on the seat tops (where your booty goes), and the rest an oatmeal color. But all of it would be distressed! The black will show oatmeal as the base, and vice versa. Whew. I underpriced this job!! Oh the lessons we learn!

Did you see all the spindles on those chairs??? There are actually SIX chairs to do! I don't have a paint sprayer! I paint with a good old fashioned paint hand! 

Enough about that.... Base coat first. This is just black chalk paint that I mixed up. It took a couple coats to fully cover.

And now the oatmeal. I realize in the pics it looks white, but I promise it isn't! 
Michelle uses a set of oatmeal colored plates in her every day table setting and that's the color she wanted. I think she thought I was crazy when I asked if I could take a plate! But I had a plan....

I took the plate to our local Lowe's and asked them to match the paint color. Smart, huh? It took them a couple tries, but we got an almost perfect match.

Did I tell you I DESPISE spindles now??? Haha! I hate them almost as much as cracking and peeling veneer. 

Again, I mixed up my own chalk paint with this custom color. You literally can make chalk paint using any color you can imagine! 

Oh! I almost left this part out....Vaseline! I added a touch of Vaseline after the base color dried in the places I wanted to "distress". Luckily our tastes were similar on this. I don't typically like heavy distressing. I like a "natural" distressed look. The look you get after years of owning a piece of furniture. I only added the Vaseline in places that you would assume would get the most "bangs".

I was pressed for time on this job, so I had to call on a couple of friends! They are hard at work with my favorite paint brushes! Thank you ladies!! Heather and especially Amanda were a blessing!

Am I the only person in the world who paints herself as much as the furniture??? This is typical for me!!

All six chairs are done!! Whew! Have I told you I hate spindles??? I do, indeed!

These chairs are just plain out pretty! Or as we say in the south, purdy!!

I used a sheet of sandpaper on this (or 5). I was using very cheap sandpaper, which I do NOT recommend! Splurge a little on a name brand sandpaper! Don't skimp out on this! It may be waaaay cheaper, but the aggravation isn't worth the money you're saving. The cheap sandpaper basically crumbled up on the job.

So invest in good sandpaper!

I put on a coat of Minwax polycrilic to seal the paint.

And now it's all done! It's so pretty!!

This is a pretty table and chair set now! Paired with her barn red walls this set truly stands out now! Michelle and her family are enjoying it!

I hope you like it! I did my absolute very best to take a good bit of pictures as I went on this.

Oh! Funny story! Michelle had said she wanted me to send her pictures of my progress on this set. I sent the first photos of the base coat on...she started to panic!! She thought I was confused about the color she wanted everything lol.i assured her that I was confident in how she wanted the finished look. I politely explained that this is why I don't like to give updates via photo of what I'm freaks ppl out lol.

The good news is that after asking about a million questions, I felt I had a clear vision of what she wanted! That's the most important thing.... I always ask a client to do their homework and find pictures as close as possible to how they want their finished pieces. I even ask them to show me the pictures and tell me what they like and dislike. So far this has worked really well... I've been able to ask good open ended questions and pick through their minds and thoughts to pick out the most important parts ;) 

Thank you for stopping by and happy fall y'all!!

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