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« on: February 20, 2009 10:03:42 AM »

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How it was done (more or less - Iím going to leave out the parts where I realized I was doing it wrong, had to sand it off, had to sand it off some more, painted it, repainted it, repainted it, so on and so forth. However, I will add in my DUMBASS TIPS so you donít make the same mistakes I did.)

1. Remove chair pads from chairs and remove the existing fabric. If they are stapled on with heavy duty staples like mine were, I suggest using a flat-tip screw driver and a pair of needle-nose pliers.



2. The table and chairs had a glossy finish before, so it needed to be sanded to allow the primer and paint to adhere to it. You donít need to sand off the existing paint, just scruff it up.  DUMBASS TIP: make sure you sand as evenly as possible so there are not spots where the wood/particle board are bare and others that still have some paint. This will make a difference in the finish when you put the new paint on top of it.

2. Wash the chairs and table to remove all dust and flotsam from the sanding. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.

3. You can use paint from a can, or you can use spray paint. I used spray paint (eventually) because I needed a really smooth finish for the table top - no brushstrokes, please - and to make it easier to cover the bars in the chair backs. First, use a tinted primer thatís close to the color of the paint youíll be using. DUMBASS TIP: I didnít use primer on the chairs, and ended up needing 3 more coats of paint on them than the table. Save yourself the grief and use primer.

4. Once the primer is dry, use the spray paint. Youíll need anywhere from 2 - 6 coats, depending on if you used primer, if it is windy outside when youíre spraying, how evenly you spray, etc. DUMBASS TIP: Take the time and do it right with the spray paint - rushing through and doing a sloppy job WILL show. This means even strokes with the can, holding it a proper distance from the work, and doing even coverage. Let dry for at least 2 hours between coats.

5. Time for the design. For mine, I traced a flower from the fabric I was using for the chairs and transferred the tracing to leftover craft paper I had (this is Martha Stewartís crosshatch paper). Once transferred, cut out the design carefully with an X-acto knife. I made the dots with just a hole punch. DUMBASS TIP: Transfer the drawing on to the back of the paper, and cut out there, so itís nice and clean on the front where the design is.




6. Once you determine where you want the cut-out to be on the table, brush a layer of Mod Podge Hard Coat (for furniture) on to the area. Carefully put the cut-out on the glue, and smooth out to ensure that there are NO bubbles or ripples. Line the hole punched dots in a row to mimic the design. DUMBASS TIP: Try this with a couple of lights from different angles. It will make it easier to find bubbles/ripples.



7. Once placed, brush a thin, even layer of Mod Podge Hard Coat over the design, being careful not to disturb the paper or move it at all.

8. Once that dries COMPLETELY, spray table and chairs with 2 coats of clear finish spray paint, to protect it.

9. Chair pads - Lay each pad face down on your fabric. Cut around it with an allowance of about 2 inches from the edge. Fold the fabric over slightly, pull to the back and staple it to the back of the chair pad. Continue all around, making sure the fabric is taut against the chair pad. DUMBASS TIP: make sure the fabric is not too bulky, or it wonít fit properly when you reattach the chair pad.

10. Once the chairs are dry, reattach the chair pads.

11. Make sure the dog likes it.


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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009 10:17:49 AM »

WOW !
what a transformation! when i saw the first picture in the thumbnail, I thought, why would she recon that table?? its gorgeous! haha then come to find out that was your finished product  Roll Eyes sometimes I'm a smart kid haha

that sounds like sooo much work but it was definitely worth it! A beautiful coordinating set like that would cost tons in a furniture store

GREAT job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009 10:20:38 AM »

whoa! that is beautiful! great job.

also, cute dog ^_^
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009 10:27:01 AM »

What a makeover!!!!!!  I love the fabric, and love the table too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 10:39:53 AM »

This is absolutely stunning.  I would never have believed that it was the same kitchen table and chairs, if I hadn't seen the steps between.

Beautiful work!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009 10:46:36 AM »

VERY nice.  I love the flower pattern on the table, in the first picture, it looks like an actual inlay so nicely done.  I like the darker stain too.  Very glad the dog gave his approval for a job well done.  What you have done if he decided it was not worthy Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2009 11:02:07 AM »

Wow, this is really beautiful!  Did you use some sort of spray varnish, or was it actually spray-paint?  From the pictures, it looks like plain wood, not like you painted it, so whatever you did, it looks great.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2009 11:12:58 AM »

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Did you use some sort of spray varnish, or was it actually spray-paint?

Spray paint - Valspar spray paint in Java Brown. Since the chairs were made of both plywood and MDF, I know that I couldn't strip it and get a woodgrain finish that was consistent all over. So I just went with MANY coats of a dark brown.

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Very glad the dog gave his approval for a job well done.  What you have done if he decided it was not worthy

Been even MORE mad when he peed on the floor five minutes after taking that picture. Damn dog.

Thanks for the compliments, everyone! All of this work is a surprise for my husband, btw - he comes home from a business trip tonight and has not seen the table. He's only heard me bitch and moan about it. So hopefully, he'll like it! I don't think I'm spoiling it by posting here - he just knows Craftster as "that site where Karen posted about the desk I made and people liked it".
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2009 11:27:04 AM »

OH MY that is GORGEOUS!! I love it! Great work!!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2009 02:01:25 PM »

That is beautiful! Thanks for all the tips (especially the dumbass ones!). My fiance and I are just about to move, and our budget means we will be buying 2nd hand furniture, so this gives me lots of great ideas!
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2009 04:28:53 PM »

Wow that is one amazing transformation! Like day and night! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2009 04:39:12 PM »

GORGEOUS!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2009 04:36:40 AM »

Wow -- truly a beautiful job!
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2009 06:40:40 AM »

Absolutely amazing! I love the coordination between the fabric and design on the table. The fabric is to die for -- mind sharing where it's from? Great, great job!
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2009 07:51:40 AM »

I just LOVE IT!!!!!  What a  great job...I am currently on the hunt for a new dining room table and this gives me so many ideas, and the tips are very helpful...THANKS...I would also love to know the name of the fabric you chose...it is super cute.  Let us know what your husband thinks of it!
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2009 08:41:22 AM »

WOW!! It looks great!  You did a great job!
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2009 09:27:28 AM »

This is so beautiful! Shocked

I am SOOO going to have to keep this in mind when me and my fiance finally get our own place. We are both poor college students. Cheesy

Where did you find that beautiful fabric? its amazing!

ps, i thought all of your tips were super helpful. I wouldn't have thought about not sanding too much! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2009 09:31:14 AM »

fantastic! can't wait to try something like this when we finally get our house!
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2009 10:02:02 AM »

Great job... I'll all inspired now! I was just gonna buy and Ikea table and chairs, but this looks like more fun.  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2009 10:15:54 AM »

The fabric is to die for -- mind sharing where it's from?

I picked it up almost a year ago at Hancock Fabrics, in their home decor fabrics department. It's a pretty thick weave, and it's called "Harmony" by DIVERSITEX Kingway. I think it was like $15 - 20 per yard, and it took just less than a yard to recover the chairs. Funny story: Last year, I picked up enough to recover these chairs and our bench in the hallway. But after I recovered the bench, my husband moaned and groaned about how it was GIRLY and had FLOWERS and he wanted his house to look MANLY. Fast forward to almost a year later, and he asks "What fabric are you going to use to recover the chairs? It should be the same fabric that you used on the bench. I like that fabric."

Lesson: No matter what I do to decorate the house, he's going to protest but eventually like it. So he needs to just agree with me in the first place AMIRIGHT?

Anyway, I still see the fabric at Hancock every once in a while. The best part about the fabric is it's pretty easy to get pet hair off of. The chairs were previously covered in canvas and hair stuck to that like glue.
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2009 12:28:45 PM »

I am amazed...wow. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2009 12:44:57 PM »

OK, I have been a lurker *forever*...but I had to register just so I could post my admiration.  I love this table!!!  Great job!!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2009 06:07:00 PM »

It looks beautiful, I have one chair done from a table I quit working on because it's so much work, but this makes me want to get back to it!
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2009 07:13:26 PM »

That is too cool.  I have a hard time finding the Mod Podge hard coat...great job on your reupholstering/repainting project! 
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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2009 07:34:34 PM »

So pretty! I love that you managed to get such an accurate cut out of a scaled up version of the flowers on the fabric. It definitely looks like something that you would be paying out of your eyeballs for in a upscale store!  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2009 02:50:04 AM »

Wow what an amazing home make over!  The different is incredible!  Great Job!
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« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2009 06:15:27 AM »

You did a great job!
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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2009 07:32:50 AM »

I know I'm just repeating what everyone else has said at this point, but I have to say it: VERY impressive!!! My table and chairs are very similar in shape to yours, so I'll have to keep this in mind for inspiration when my table eventually needs a face-lift. Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2009 09:22:10 AM »

Wow you did a great job. I Love it. What did your Husband say when he saw it?
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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2009 07:30:44 AM »

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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2009 10:14:13 AM »

We have an ugly kitchen table with terrible chairs...we don't ever use it since we don't like it!  I was thinking about getting another one but now I'd rather jazz it up like you did!  I can't believe that is the same table and chairs...looks fantastic!  Thanks for the inspiration!!
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« Reply #31 on: February 27, 2009 05:36:48 PM »

I love this, its such an improvement.  I am so jealous!
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« Reply #32 on: February 27, 2009 08:08:57 PM »

Looks great!   Grin I really like it!  You definitely added a unique part to it by adding the flower!
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« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2009 01:04:05 PM »

Great job on the table and oh WOW that is the same fabric I ordered last year and made new living room curtains! I ended up painting the walls the same color as the darker dots in the design! Anyways, great choice of fabric! (My mom actually made the curtains, I just designed them!)
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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2009 10:13:23 AM »

gorgeous! so classy yet with some interest (ie. not boring!)

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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2009 05:33:37 PM »

Stunning!  You have a great eye for what is possible!  Love the flower detail on the table.  This idea could be used for so many things.  The wheels are turning in my mind...scary thought!
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2009 09:06:03 PM »

That is so supremely beautiful. Very elegant. I love your tips too! LOL
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« Reply #37 on: July 28, 2009 11:42:07 AM »

Wow! This is sooo beautiful! I can't wait to get my old table outta storage and try the same thing!
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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2010 09:51:58 PM »

Your work is wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial. Especially the dumbass tips. I plan to attempt this this coming weekend, and hopefully can learn from your mistakes!! Thank you!
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« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2010 09:06:52 AM »

I'm so glad I found this.  I actually went yesterday and picked out a table and chairs from the thrift shop and had plans to redo it.  Yours is beautiful....great motivation!
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« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2010 08:50:46 PM »

That looks awesome. I love the fabric pattern on the seats too. Your dog looks very pleased with the finished product. Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2010 10:09:27 AM »

I never would have seen that in the first table! You did a fantastic job, and it looks like wood!
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That is gorgeoussss.
I would never look twice at the before table but I wouldn't dare pass up the after!
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