As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m trying to refresh our dining room set… this photo should jog your memory why…
Have you ever seen so many different types and colors of wood in one dining room set? I guess there is a good reason for it… here is my source list:
Black chairs: side of the road yard sale, $5 each (I left $10 worth of dimes on their doorstep… raided AJ’s vacation fund for that. Oops, but really, he could only get us to Essex for dinner with what was in there)
White slip covered chairs: IKEA
Table: Craigslist. I had to fit this bad boy into my Civic about three years ago. I miss you, little Civic.
So, Tuesday’s project: sanding and painting the legs of the IKEA chairs.
See how light the birch wood is next to our dark walnut floors? Well, my mission is to paint every bit of wood you see dark walnut. The easy part was these chairs… IKEA charges about 10 cents for each thing they sell and they definitely didn’t waste any of their money smothering their chair legs with polyurethane. Thank you, Swedes. So, all it took was about 45 minutes of sanding for all these chairs (pictured with my partner in crime (aka: son)), and yes, I moved the chairs while sanding and staining much farther away from Drew:
I wiped them down with a damp rag after I finished sanding and promptly started staining. Patience isn’t my virtue (right, Mom?). Here is a photo comparing the two legs:
Did you see that handsome little overachiever (as Kim calls him, although, I don’t tell her that the Baby Center emails say he’s progressing exactly on track with all the other kids his age… I let her believe he’s a little Einstein). He’s been sitting for a while but some times decides he’s had enough and will topple over and start wailing. That leads to AJ and I feeling like rotten parents, although I’m pretty sure happens to every single parent.
Don’t their new legs look nice? Here’s a photo of them in their rightful place at the table. Oh wait, the table is outside being sanding (this table will be the undoing of me) and stained, but in it’s place is something a little less hard and orange-y. Yes, it’s the little boy with our favorite thunder thighs!
I’ll be back later today or tomorrow on a post about the other two pieces of the makeover!