Like our dining room style evolution from house to house, our kitchen table has also evolved over the years.
We’ve had this set for a long time – so long that a little baby in feety pajamas……
That yummy little babe and the teenaged counterpart are both at the same table – it has seen lots of makeovers in it’s time.
Last week I estimated that, excluding vacations and school, we’ve eaten approximately 13,650 meals at this table. The little munchkin above and his brother and sister have jammed forks into the tabletop, knocked the chairs over, colored outside the lines and right off the paper with markers. I’ve scraped paint, syrup, and glittery nail polish from it countless times, cajoled little ones into eating their veggies here, helped with homework in this spot, and delivered many a lecture while my children were trapped around this table. It’s been the center of our food-loving, arts-and-crafts loving, family-loving motley crew for 13 years. And I need a few more years of meal, homework, and nail painting service from it, so the time had come for yet another extreme makeover.
The table and chairs started out with the natural wood/white combo. Those of you who have lived through toddlers know the grubbiness these chairs saw from chubby, sticky, precious little fingers. They were scrubbed on a daily basis in those days.
When we moved to a house with black countertops and natural maple cabinets, the white table stood out like a sore thumb, so out came the black paint. Isn’t it crazy how paint can totally change something???
Eventually the table and chairs ended up in this house, and here they’ll live in our casual dining room where we eat all of our meals. Even though I had repainted those chairs black at least five times they were looking pretty shabby, and not in a chic way. After some serious manual labor, here’s the set today:
It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the table top has a lot of rich wood tone peaking through.
This was a stripping/restaining
nightmare project. For those of you thinking of tackling a makeover like this, I wanted to share with you my experience.
These are the products I used, along with Kilz water-based primer.
Real life gets lived in this house. On this table, school projects will be worked on. Meals will be served and vegetables will be rejected. Scrabble will be played, and mom will win. The paint will get chipped, the chairs will need a scrubbing. Discussions and laughs and admonishments and love will be poured out at this table.
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