Colorful Painted Kitchen Table and Chairs

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.  

painted dining room table & chairs @4onemore.com

So when my kitchen table and chairs were getting tired looking, I pulled out some spray paint and went to town.

painted dining room table & chairs @4onemore.com

There was just too much brown in this space.

painted dining room table & chairs @4onemore.com

So, here’s my ho-hum table and chairs before…

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

…and after!

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

Now, granted, this is a. lot. of. color.

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

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.

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

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?

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

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?

painting dining room chairs @4onemore.com

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.

painted dining room chairs @4onemore.com

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”?

painted dining room chairs @4onemore.com

I’m learning to embrace what makes a cozy home for my family, even if it does break all the conventional decorating rules.

colorful painted kitchen table & chairs

 

DIY Map Art: Upcycle a Puzzle

This project combines a lot of things I love — maps, upcycling, paint, chevron, burlap, and bold color.

I turned a 50 cent yard sale puzzle from this…

map-puzzle-before

…into this!

DIY map art up cycled puzzle @4onemore.com

 

And you can do it too!  Yard sale season is here, and you’re bound to find some sorry little puzzles that just need a good upcycle.

DIY map art @4onemore.com

 

Gather your supplies.  Here’s what you will need:

DIY map art up cycled puzzle @4onemore.com

 

Step 1:  Paint over your entire puzzle with spray paint with primer for excellent coverage.  It took 3-4 thin coats for the black words on my puzzle to get covered completely.  I used a spray paint with built-in primer.

map puzzle step 1

map puzzle 2

map puzzle 3

Step 2:  Prep your backing.  I used a $2 frame from a flea market.  It had backing, but no glass.  You could also use scrap wood, or the hard cardboard insert from a cast-off frame.  Anything will do, as long as it’s large enough for your puzzle.  You can always “pretty it up” a bit.
If your background piece needs some added charm, you can paint a simple design on it with acrylic paint, as I did.  First, I used spray adhesive to attach my burlap to the frame backing.  Once it was dry, I used this free template to make my own chevron stencil.
DIY map puzzle @4onemore.com
DIY map puzzle @4onemore.com
Step 3:  Paint your frame (if you’re using one).  I also used primer & spray paint for this.  It was an easy, quick way to add a great pop of color to the piece.  Consider coordinating or contrasting your frame color & puzzle color.
map puzzle 6
Step 4:  Adhere the puzzle pieces to your backing.
map puzzle 7
Set your puzzle pieces out on the backing to line them up the way you want them.  Start gluing with the center piece to keep your whole map lined up correctly.
map puzzle 8
And you’re done!  This has been a great piece to add some fun color to my house.
DIY map art @4onemore.com
DIY map art @4onemore.com
DIY map art @4onemore.com
My Price Breakdown:
{Total Cost:  less than $10}
Frame $2.00
Wooden puzzle $.50
Spray paint, preferably with primer $3.47
Burlap (optional) $2.98/yard
Acrylic Paint  $.56
And you’ve probably noticed that I still have the empty puzzle board left.
map puzzle 12
You can actually make a second DIY art piece out of that!  What would you do?
DIY map art @4onemore.com