Tuesday, November 16, 2010

~old child’s table reborn~

 

before

This little table and chairs belonged to my daughters as children.

Some of you may remember pine furniture with a clear finish and cut-out hearts was very popular during the 80s.  (uh oh, telling my age.)

Now that I have grandchildren, I decided to recreate this little dining set for them.

 

DSC_0448Since my  kitchen cabinets were recently painted and distressed, I decided on the same finish for this little table and chairs, but with a twist. 

First I sanded the wood finish and then painted everything but the top with SW Kilim Beige (just because I had it handy.)  It happened to be the paint I used on my kitchen ceiling, but any soft ivory color would work for this effect.

DSC_0449As you can see, I painted the top with a primer.  You’ll find out why a few photos down.

On everything else, painted beige, I brushed on a mocha glaze and wiped it off till I got the effect I wanted. 

finish I also sanded a few areas that would have been worn naturally over the years.

tableAnd here’s the surprise! 

I painted the top with chalkboard paint so my grandchildren can draw, erase, and draw again.

table and chairs  I also made chair covers out of a taupe and brown tiny check cotton fabric and added piping…

table and chairs 2 appliquéing their initials on the back.

table with drawing Their table is now ready for Thanksgiving Day and for many fun times ahead.

Sharing with others at Boring to Better, Transformation Thursday,

and The DIY Project Party and

Funky Junk Interiors’ Sat. Nite Special

28 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Soooooo cute. Wow you can paint and sew good. I wish I knew how to sew and do piping like that. Thanks so much for linking this up.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Really a cute idea!

Kristen White said...

This is absolutely darling! I love that you used chalkboard paint for the top and those little slipcovers are just adorable!!!!
Kristen

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the redo! Your Grands will love playing there.
Yes - i remember the "heart cut outs well". :D

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow!! You took this from boring to fabulous! The chalkboard paint was the cat's meow!! And the cute chair covers...brilliant!

XO,
Jane

Kelly said...

Oh my, how sweet! What a precious re-do. I love their initials on the back!

Kelly

Kelly said...

Oh my, how sweet! What a precious re-do. I love their initials on the back!

Kelly

Wendy said...

This is adorable! They are going to love the chalkboard paint! It is so sweet that it was your daughters and now being used for your grandchildren! That is awesome :)
Wendy

Olive Cooper said...

Love it and the chalk board surface!

Mary-Kate said...

That's my Martha!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That is adorable...and the chalkboard paint on the top is brilliant! They will LOVE it! Linda

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Boring to Better party!! How cute is that and love the chalkboard top!

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

As a grandma, ages 1 and 3, I am drawn to all kid stuff just like I was when I was a young mom. This table and chairs turned out beautiful. It's gorgeous, the color, and the chalkboard top - kudos to you, Grandma for understanding the nature of kids needing to draw on everything.

Morning T said...

This is awesome Marsha- I love the chalkboard top and chair back covers. Bravo my friend!!
Hugs~
T

Gail said...

Oh My Goodness...what a transformation! I love what you have done. Thanks for your visit and leaving a sweet comment about my tobacco stick sled.

Enjoy your day.
Gail

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Marsha

Talk about a transformation - this is fantastic. How cute and modern. I think the initial slipcovers add the perfect detail. I want to sit and play at the table myself.
My best-Diane

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Marsha.. That little table and chairs is WONDERFUL. You did a fabulous job... Love the chalk top....

Your grands will love it --as much as your daughters did...
Hugs,
Betsy

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

Hi! I wish I had a cute little set like that!
Visiting from DIY ShowOff! Umm... Roeshel says hi :)

Deanne said...

Wonderful, I love the distressed look and the blackboard paint is just perfect for the table top.
Your granddaughters are so lucky!

Meg said...

So cute! I love the chair covers---adorable!!!

DHS said...

Love that! My kids use the table that my sister and I used, and our mother used as a little girl! I could never bring myself to paint it...but I'm tempted now...

Cabin and Cottage said...

What fun! And a great way to update a family piece! I'd rather hang on to things if I can! They'll love it! Jacqueline

bj said...

This is sooo cute. What a fabulous job you did and the idea of chalkboard painting the top is genius. How they are going to love this. The slipcovers are waaay cute.
xo bj

Lesli said...

LOVE it!

podso said...

So clever and cute. They will love it. i still remember a little table my grandma had for us to use and play on. This will be so special!

DANA said...

That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

Valerie @ Composition-Life said...

you are so talented!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great little table set! I do remember the pine furniture and I think I have a little rocker in my attic! I'll have to go up there and get that down since I have a granddaughter now. She's only 4 months old but that will give me time to spruce it up {to 21st century standards} before she actually uses it! I can't believe I forgot all about that rocker until I read your post! : )