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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Vintage Table Made Robin’s Egg Blue

I was preparing my office for the move and came across several design and redesign jobs on my computer that I never blogged about. This was perfect timing as this will keep DTA going while I am in the process of moving 1000 miles.


First up, a vintage table made new for a client with a limited budget. The goal was to find and create a well made dining set that was functional, whimsical and one of a kind.


The table and just two chairs were found at one second hand shop and the remaining two chairs were located at another shop. Even though the chairs were different from one another, given that the era, height and width were similar this insured that the finished set would be cohesive yet visually interesting.

Another thing in common~ they all required a good scrubbing and light sanding. :)


Each chair had two layers of upholstery on the seat which was removed.


Such loveliness from the 70’s and 80’s!


I laid the table aa well as the now clean and seat less chairs on tarp in our backyard.


First, they received a coat of kilz primer then a bit more sanding. No repairs were necessary as everything was otherwise in great shape. Next, came two coats of Lowe’s Valspar “Mirage” spray paint.


It took a total of three mornings of getting up at 5 am to beat the heat and humidity. This was the first day when I brought the chairs inside so that the primer coat could dry. It wasn’t too bad at 90 degrees and 32% humidity but the two consecutive days of 100 degree morning heat combined with 60% humidity was a bit much. So much for the “Oh Phoenix, it’s a dry heat!” theory. :)


I waited an additional day for the three coats of paint to dry before reattaching the seats which Mr. Décor and I had reupholstered with a nice oatmeal linen.


In the meantime the bright red pony wall in the open space floor plan received a coat of neutral camel colored paint.

This is the “before”.



The final process for the furniture was a coat of clear wax to seal the paint. You could also use a coat of polyurethane.

The dated space and table set now looks fresh and modern.


I’ll share the attached sitting area in the next post.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family,Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection,Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House


lynn cockrell said...

What a wonderful transformation! You have beautifully made something that had become outdated and drab into something fresh and beautiful again. You are so inspiring, Laura!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I LOVE the color you chose! Great job! xoxo

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

That is a lovely colour and a great makeover. All the best in your big move.

Lisa said...

That is the prettiest color! I know your clients are thrilled with the results!

martinealison said...

Vous avez délicieusement métamorphosé cet ensemble ! Bravo ! j'aime beaucoup.

Gros bisous ☼

Lorrie said...

That's a wonderful transformation, Laura. Lucky clients!

Debbie said...

I love that color! I don't know why I have yet to paint something large that color. It makes such a beautiful statement.

Maria Elena said...

Laura, this project turned out beautifully! Love the color!

Linda said...

That's beautiful!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I like the fact that the chairs blend but are different and how you unified them with paint. Good job!


Sheila :-)

GSGreatEscaper said...

BTW, my MIL's couch is covered in that striped brown fabric...

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

So pretty, I always love mixing it up with chairs. You have much more patience than I do if you can get up at 5:00 am to paint and then have to wait so long for it to dry! I would go nuts waiting! Looks great (half wall looks SO much better!)

Auntie Em said...

Now that is pretty! :)