Thank you Mama, Poppy Jack, Maniha & Mr Jordan for the AWESOME chairs
So lets begin with the overall cost breakdown of my cool new table..
Table – free
4x Legs – $60 (Ikea)
1x Oil-Based Primer - $7.98 (Home Depot)
1x Semi-gloss Latex Paint – $7.94 (Home Depot)
1x Semi-gloss Poly – $16.57 (Home Depot)
Painting supplies – had these around the house already
Total – $92.49
I’m pretty pleased with that….compared to the cost of a new table! And now…on to the remainder of the project…
For the record, lets just say that you need to make sure you are using a very, very, VERY clean brush before beginning to apply polycrylic to your very cool table. Or you may find yourself sanding back a layer and applying a 5th coat of black paint.
Or not. You know…if you’re awesome like me, you probably didn’t have to do this…
So. One table. One layer of primer, four five coats of black semi-gloss and two coats of poly later and we have this masterpiece
Now I just need to remove the rest of the skirt and replace each leg one by one. I got a little excited the other night and hammered off the skirt that is attached to the middle leaf. Looking pretty good so far…
Well maybe a little longer than that….but (drumroll please) TA-DAAA!
To say that i am IN LOVE with this table would be a severe understatement. Once it has gone through its requisite 3 day drying period we will throw it back in the eating room and I will take a new picture with the NEW chairs.
I know…baited breath and all that.
Mondays are my half-days at work so I made plans with myself, to stop by the deee-pot on the way home to pick up some painting supplies to get started on the (long awaited) Dining Table project.
I began by showing off to the dog and carting the table outside by myself. Lets just say that neither Giz nor my back were very impressed. In fact, my back is telling me that that was probably not the smartest idea. But honestly, when did i ever start listening to my back? Geez.
I got that bad boy moved outside and ended up extending the table out so that there was a slight gap between all three pieces. My thought being that this might reduce the occurrence of paint gloop (yes that is a technical term) between the edges. Then I got to bust out my cute little mouse sander. Once again, i have proven that the smaller you are, the cuter you appear to be. And not only is this little sander cute, but it also packs a punch! I managed to get the whole table sanded down in less than 15 minutes!
After a quick wipe down, I applied my one coat of oil-based primer (Kilz Original). Now…in hindsight, I wish that I had applied this coat with a roller as opposed to a paint brush as even though i tried to keep the coat super thin and even, i can still kind of see the brush marks. The primer took less than 30 minutes to dry, but I left it alone for a good hour before applying my first coat of paint….just to be sure.
I applied the first coat (RustOleum Semi-gloss) as thin as possible, while trying to make sure that I got the paint applied evenly all over. You can see in the picture how visible the brush strokes were from the primer coat, luckily this got a lot less noticeable with each additional coat of paint.
It was actually a really nice day outside, so other than having to wipe a coat of green pollen off each time I wanted to paint another coat, everything moved along really well. Ahh…DC in the springtime!
Coat 2! Now we’re getting somewhere! This is the second coat after it is all dry and as you can see, the brush strokes are slowly fading underneath the weight of the paint The semi-gloss finish of the paint was starting to show up here as well and I was semi-starting to think that this project may have a happy ending!
All in all I ended up applying one coat of oil-based primer and four thin even layers of a latex based paint in semi-gloss black.
So the Wee-b and I talked a bit more about the dining table and our planned makeover and we decided to make a small change to the overall feel.
Instead of going with the wood legs that I had originally linked to, we decided to look at metal legs that would match the look of the legs our (new! exciting!) dining chairs have. Specifically we decided to go in this direction..
The Vika Moliden
So this weekend, along with working on the flooring (and trying to figure out a way to sand down a patch of concrete that could potentially cause issues with the flooring), I will be dismantling the table, removing the skirt, painting, sealing and attaching our new legs.
Now that we are mostly settled in our home I have been making mental notes of the things I would like to do/buy/change/etc. Unfortunately for me I work in a rather high-end interior design studio, so I get to see amazing pieces of furniture that (at this point in my life) I cannot afford But! I can take ideas and run with them and I’ve been wearing my thinking cap a bit lately to try and figure out what to do in our Kitchen/Dining area as well as the Living Room.
Currently we have a dining room table that is incredibly functional (it has a top! You can eat on it!) yet not quite our “style”. Instead of going out and purchasing a new table set (doesn’t mean i can’t still look, right?) I was trying to think about what we could do to the current table to make it more…stylish
So here’s my rough plan..
Take apart the table and remove the legs. Put said legs in rubbish bins and replace with these bad boys:
Do not attach yet! Paint lower part of table & legs in white and upper table/table top in a brown/black color (I’m leaning towards C2′s Black bean). Seal, etc. I would also replace the single knob on the end of the table with something in a metal finish. Perhaps something like this (Ephram knob from Restoration Hardware)
Now we can re-attach the legs and put the table back where it belongs. But wait! The chairs?
I have a plan! Replace with these hum dingers:
And then i think we finally have a party! Or at least a new table and chair set….all for under $200 and a spare weekend. Now just to find that spare weekend…