Grandma's Table and Chairs
Luckily my sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jeff, were willing to help, and as they saying goes "many hands make light work". Well they probably wouldn't agree with "light" work; it was a lot of work especially with temperatures in the 90's and high humidity. But for me it was a lot of fun working with them.
The table is solid wood and had a shiny veneer top. It also has two leaves which I painted as well. They don't actually use the leaves, but if they need to use them they are ready and waiting. The chairs were manufactured by S. Bent & Bros. and includes four chairs and two arm chairs. Do to the limited time frame we were working under, we focused on the 4 chairs and Kathy and Jeff will finish the remaining chairs on their own.
DuringThe kitchen was recently remodeled and my sister wanted to brighten the space with a painted set. She selected Old Ochre (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) for the entire set. There was also a microwave cart which she wanted painted the same color. I was a little concerned that it might be too bland with all one color, but now that it's finished I will publicly admit she was right in her choice of color scheme.
Here's a few photos of us working. On Day 1 we applied two coats of paint to the table, leaves, chairs, and microwave cart. I applied a polyurethane to the table top and let it dry overnight. The rest of the pieces were sanded and soft waxed on Day 2. We also squeezed in a couple of parties, visiting, and card games.
|Best helpers ever!|
|They're still smiling (sort of). |
It was really hot outdoors.
|One down three to go.|
|I snapped a photo of Max while the paint was drying.|
|And a quick shot of Layla. She's a little shy, |
but was sweet enough to pose for the photo.
I kept asking questions about how they wanted the finished product. Basically I was told they don't want it to look like brown wood, so anything I do is OK. Easiest clients ever. My sister did say she wanted a more vintage farmhouse look to the set, so I added some distressing which you can see in some of the photos.
|Staged with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.|
|The chair pads coordinate nicely with the new color.|
|Light distressing was added to the edges to give it a naturally worn look.|
|I added distressing to the top of the chairs as well,|
but the camera didn't pick up the details.
|I added distressing to the table edge, but left the top un-distressed.|
|I love the base of the table.|
|Another shot of the base.|
|This photo shows a little more clearly the worn look applied to the table's edge.|
|Almost forgot the microwave cart!|
My sister is selecting new handles, so it's not quite finished.
|I love the quality of the furniture produced by S. Bent & Bros.|
|Additional distressing applied to the backs of the chairs.|
|My beautiful Mom :-)|
We wrapped up the project on Sunday and headed back home on Monday. I hope you got to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend as much as I did.