Thursday, July 5, 2012

Custom Table and Chairs

For the last month or so we've been working on a custom project -- painting a farmhouse table and chairs.

 Our client recently bought a house that came with these rustic table and chairs.

Current state of table

How chairs look (4 of them)

The table was a problem for this young family of four because it was full of worm-holes which made the task of wiping it down nearly impossible without getting grime into the small cavities.  Also, it was not ideal for homework or drawing because of the uneven surface.

So, we were given the task of filling those holes and painting the table and chairs to match their newly remodeled white kitchen.

These photos show the first two of three applications of Elmer's wood filler.  While we waited for each application of the wood filler to dry, we worked on the chairs.

The chairs got sanded down and white washed several times with Kelly Moore's Enviro-White. We lightly distressed and then added a coat of Daddy Van's wax, which is also non-toxic.

Not long after, we came across this image on Pinterest and were surprised by how similar the chairs looked:
ML Interior Design

After the table was satisfactorily filled and sanded smooth, we used two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (very low VOCs) in the French Linen color over the the top.  Then a white wash of the Kelly Moore Enviro-White, some more sanding, and finally a wash of the French Linen.

Here was the inspiration picture:

Farmhouse table with whitewash

And here is the finished project. 

The entire table also got a coat of Daddy Van's wax to protect the paint from food spills and the like. 

For the cost of what one or two nice quality, real wood new chairs would cost, our client got a totally new look for one table and four chairs.  Not a bad deal.

We're really happy with how it turned out and hope our client is just as pleased!

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