Sunday, August 15, 2010

Crafty Girls Projects: unusual table and chairs

Have you been wondering about our crafty girls projects? Well wonder no further! This installment is my favoriet: our kitchen table and chairs. 

First, we found an old table (I think it must have been used in a school) at the Rebuilding Center for $5. We removed the legs and any staples and pokey bits and sanded the crap out of the laminate. 


Then we painted the legs red and the table top with chalkboard paint.


(Final pictures of the table at the end)

That part of the process too the longest. Because we made a couple of fumbles. 

We were poor planners and did our first coat of paint on a windy day (warning: don't do that!). And little yard bits blew into the paint, which we then had to wipe off, sand down again, and paint over. Our project would have been decidedly cheaper had we planned better and not had to buy more paint. 

Then came the chairs. Fumble number 2 is that I (yet again) forgot to take pictures of the chairs before we painted and reupholstered them. Fail. 

BUT, I can just tell you. 

We wanted 4 differenet chairs. So we drove to many thrift stores and finally found 4 chairs that we liked and would compliment each other. We ended up getting two chairs with metal and two with wood. Then we painted all the chairs a flat black. 

Then we found 3 different discounted fabrics that complimented each other, but had their own distinctive looks. Why only 3? One of the chairs had a black pleather seat that we liked and was in good shape. So we left that as is. Then we stuffed with batting and staple-gunned those babies together. 

To keep some symmetry, we went with two fabrics with bold, graphic prints and one with a darker, more subdued print. Like so:

The black pleather:


The darker print:

Here's a closeup:

Bold print with red: 

Closeup:

Bold print with yellow (my fave chair):

Closeup:

Finished product:
Isn't that yellow chair adorable?

Closeup of the legs:

The chalkboard surface:
Because we are!

And how it looks on a daily basis (ish). We actually now have plants on there (but more on that project later!). 

That's the other roommate's (Todd) birthday cake.

Next time: our insane pantry or maybe how to turn unexpected items into planters!

18 comments mean you love me:

Liz said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome project! Love the finished product photos.

Playing WOW again.... I found fumble

Bitter Betty said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I severely love how crafty the land of Port has made you!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks, gals!

I think I was always this crafty, but the land of port helped unleash it. :D

hugs!

Amy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Let's see...I found fumble two times. Also, I think your table and chairs look awesome, seriously!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

seriously thanks! and thanks for reading!

Liz said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that's beyond cool! first, i love mix and matched chairs like that. second, i love the punch of red. and last but not least - a chalkboard top?!? genius! my girls would love that!

steff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this is so amazing! and YES i DO love the yellow print! this is super fab lady. BA-rilliant even, if i may...

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Liz- thanks!! that's the genius behind our projects. we're just big kids. totes wish we had a table like this when I was a little girl. :D

Steff- why thank you! thankyouverymuch!

SoccerMom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your so brilliant. L o v e the flower chairs.

Nichole said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are completely out of control with your fabulousness. :)

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

awwww! you girls make me blush. thank you!

Jennifer Juniper said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my giddy aunt!! That is SO cute!!

I'm jealous. I wish I was crafty.

Lizzy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

dude! that is brilliant! and inspiring for a newly single me! gotta get my groove back somehow!

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks! no better way to get your groove back than artsy crafty projects!

Coco said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I want that cake.
Oh and the table is scathingly brilliant!

throughmylenscoco.blogspot.com

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that cake was evilly good. :) and thanks!!

Suniverse said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That looks AWESOME.

This makes me wish that I had the patience/initiative to do stuff like that. Or the money to pay you to do that for my house.

andygirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks, Sun! if you ever want, I'll help ya. it's super easy and cheap! :D

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