Over the past decade I have slowly left the safe harbor of beiges and black accents and embraced more color. I find that color in my home has an energizing and happy effect.
So when my kitchen table and chairs were getting tired looking, I pulled out some spray paint and went to town.
There was just too much brown in this space.
So, here’s my ho-hum table and chairs before…
Now, granted, this is a. lot. of. color.
But it can always be redone if it just isn’t working.
The last time we stained this table, it turned out too orange for my liking. But it was so much work, that we just left it as is for several years.
This time, I used chalk paint in Castle Gray that I found at Walmart. I was going to use the Rustoleum brand from Home Depot, but it would have cost $40 to paint my table. That was before buying the wax for finishing. The Walmart bottle cost under $10, then the wax was another $5-10. I still have some left over.
I used a simple foam brush to apply the chalk paint. It took several coats. After lightly distressing, I finished by brushing on the wax, then buffing it with a clean cloth when dry.
How is it holding up?
Well, just how you’d expect for our table with a toddler and four boys doing school at this hub each and every day. But it’s not too precious of a piece of furniture. I will just redo it (probably another color!) when it gets too shabby looking.
As for the chairs, the boys have strong opinions about color, so I let them choose their own from my stash. It they have to sit in these chairs for school each day, why not have some fun?
I used Rustoleum spray paint and one can in each color was plenty. Just took them outside on some cardboard, turned them upside down and painted that direction first, then stood them right side up and finished up. Because they were black originally, some of the lighter colors took several coats to cover the black. And I know these aren’t perfectly painted, but they’re working for us right now.
I recommend choosing a spray paint that includes primer.
What do you think? Would you ever spray paint your furniture? Do you embrace color or are neutrals more “you”?
I’m learning to embrace what makes a cozy home for my family, even if it does break all the conventional decorating rules.