Seems like once a year or so, we have backlogged enough projects that need a touch up or complete overhaul that I end up with a big painty going on in my backyard. This year was no different. With Sis moving out of her crib and high chair, we had a little furniture rearranging and redoing to knock out.
I spread a couple of plastic tarps on the ground and went about hauling out the furniture (with the help of our trusty nine-year-old, that is!). [clockwise from bottom left:] We had a toddler bed, kitchen table, two little wooden chairs, a side table, two toddler bed side rails, and–not pictured–a bookshelf.
With a big girl eager to exit her high chair and join us at the table for meals, we needed to expand from a round four-top to a rectangular table. My hubs found this table with self-contained fold-in leaf on CraigsList for $35, BOOM. The toddler bed belonged to Li’l Bro, and I decided to leave off the side rails… ’cause it looked cuter that way. The little side table, a Goodwill find, was painted pink last year, but we decided to paint all the furniture in Sis’s room the same creamy white to unify it. The little chairs are old and gorgeous and solid… and if you think it is absolutely a sin that I painted them… you might be right… But they sure do look cute white… So avert your eyes. 🙂 My hubs found those too! What a guy!!
I pulled out some primer, some semi-gloss paint, my sprayer, and an extension cord, and off we went!
[Umm… wear clothes you don’t mind destroying…]
Even with just the primer, the pieces are totally transformed!
So here’s the table as it finished up drying/curing in our garage (I ran it in on my BACK when a freak rainstorm broke out. Feel the burn!).
And I am LOVE-ING the way we are able to spread out more on this big table like never before! I loved that round pedestal table… but I don’t miss it at all! [You can see Sis’s high chair pulled up to the table without its tray… We are still on the hunt for two (or six) chairs to refinish to complete this “set.”
The creamy white totally softens and girlifies the look of Sis’s hand-me-down bed!
And this bookshelf–also a CraigsList find–looks marvelous, so much better than the dark brown wood it started out as! [You can see a before pic of it in this post.]
…But you’ll have to wait until next week to see the bed, shelf, side table, and little chairs in Sis’s new big girl room reveal. I’ll share an updated tour of her used-to-be-nursery, wheeee!
[Update: sis’s big girl room reveal!]
Oh! And one of the best parts? I primed and painted all six of these pieces in a just few hours. That’s one afternoon, y’all. YES! That is the sort of almost-immediate gratification I can get behind!
So, have you ever taken the leap and painted a piece of furniture? You simply must! It’s just too marvelous!
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