As a result of weekend DIY, Adventures in Real Estate Part IV is coming out tomorrow.
I call The Rental’s kitchen a kitchenette. Everything seems like a miniature version of what it out to be. The refrigerator is small, the sink is shallow, the upper cabinets are those cute little short ones from the 80’s. Consequently, most of my serveware and kitchen gagetry is in eight big boxes in the downstairs storage room. Good thing I wasn’t planning on cooking for a year. The counterspace is so tight, I can barely keep a bowl of apples out. Good thing I wasn’t planning on buying produce for a year.
We tried eating at the dining room table last week. Bad idea. Three little kids eating at the nice table over carpet? Not fun for anyone. Fluffy complained many times about having no proper place to eat.
We definitely needed a kitchen table even to use for prep space. I picked up this beauty for free. It had four matching chairs and two almost matching chairs. Some of them needed a little tightening with the power screwdriver.
I considered painting the table sky blue and the chairs red to go with my colors on the main level, but decided I was going to use this table in the downstairs playroom of the New House next year. So Fluffy, Kent and I all came up with the idea of painting each chair a different color of our rainbow (pink instead of orange, teal instead of purple) so it will eventually work for the playroom which will look something like this:
Step One: Supplies!
- 120 sandpaper
- spray on paint/primer (one can for each chair, three for the table)
- spray on lacquer
- Comfort grip for spray paint (This little devil was amazing. It made the spraying so easy and I believe better controlled since my finger wasn’t hurting. Totally great investment. Cheap at five times the cost.)
Spray paint costs half as much at Home Depot as at the craft store. I used Rust-o-leum 2X glossy finish paint and primer in red, pink, yellow, green and blue. The only teal they had was flat paint, so I had to buy an extra can of gloss to finish it with after the teal dried.
I bought a big pack of sandpaper and had left over, so I think I spent about $65 on all my supplies.
Step Two: Sand the floor
Or in this case, the table and chairs. This was the hard part. Two of the chairs had turned spindles on the bottom that took some coaxing to get sanded. (I eventually painted those two chairs pink and teal since they were the most girly.) I read online that the light sanding was only to rough up the surface a little for the paint to adhere, but since this was going to be a high-use set of table and chairs, I wanted to remove the glossy finish pretty thoroughly.
After sanding, I wiped things down dilligently with tackcloths, rinsing the cloths as needed.
Step Three: Spray
Long even lines, and don’t get too close. The hard part about spraying is resigning yourself to doing multiple thin layers. I aimed for three layers, or really, two and a touch up. I still got impatient and paid the price by having to sand off drippy sections where I sprayed too vigorously the first time.
Oh, at first I tried spraying the furniture over plastic. How could I not have forseen this? Oops.
Fortunately, there is no dearth of cardboard up in this house at the moment.
I sprayed the legs first, then uprighted the chairs to do the rest. On two of the chairs, the plastic floor protectors on the bottom seemed to be fused to the wood. I just sprayed those too. I’ll have to put extra stoppers on the bottom to protect the linoleum/carpet from spray paint.
Step Four: Top Coat
Most of them did not need a top coat. I sprayed a gloss finish over the teal chair because the teal paint had a matte finish. Then I thought, “Might as well do the red one, too.” The gloss finish over the red gloss paint created a crackle finish effect (!) which had to be sanded off and resprayed red. Even then, it never looked as good. So, yeah, leave well enough alone.
I also sprayed the table top with a lacquer top coat to really make it washable.
Step Five: Wait
You have to let these things dry for real, for real. Spray paint is ready to recoat in around 20 minutes (so I spent that time sanding the next chair), but you should still wait an hour before handling and a solid day before using. That meant our driveway was a circus for most of Friday.
Eventually, this will be a really cute playroom table and chairs. We used it on the deck over the weekend for the first cookout at the new place.
For the moment, it is serving as the world’s most obnoxious kitchen table with a couple of chairs in the family room. And yes, the sightline as you enter the house is right on this baby. Used to be on the kitchen sink, though, so maybe this is a step up. My eyes! My eyes! Whatever. ‘Snot my house.