I've been seeing out in blog-land [and pinterest too!]
And y'all remember this little breakfast table and chairs we
picked up down in South Georgia, right?
Well, we'd originally intended for it to be out on the patio, but a few weeks ago we decided to move it into the kitchen [our old farm-style table that we've had for about 25 years went to the playroom and currently has scrapbook layouts all over it -
Yes, I'm de-constructing my albums, but that's a story for another time -]
I've planned to paint this set since the day we bought it -
John Deere yellow and green's just not my thing [it's okay if it's yours...]
And since I'm loving the burlap and white, shabby chic, if you will -
I thought I'd give it a go - here's how it started with
chairs, burlap, sand paper, white paint [glossy] and an exercise mat...
First I gave each chair a quick sanding - all over so that it felt smooth to the touch,
[let me be clear and say that I DID NOT SAND or PAINT on top of the burlap -
I moved that to the side and put newspaper down]
then, of course, wiped them down so all the dust was gone...
And then I gave them a couple of coats of glossy spray paint.
[You can see one in the corner, there...]
Next, I rolled the exercise mat out
and traced around the seats that had been previously removed
[no point in painting something that's going to be covered anyway --]
We didn't want to add much height to the seat,
but wanted a little padding so we thought this would work perfectly for us
[and of course my sweetie bought it at a huge savings.]
I got all four seats out of one pad -
We picked up these coffee bags from a deep discount store
[Mike's, if you're local] for $1.25 each -
I love the print on them [they even had a few un-roasted coffee beans left in them!]
- but have also seen some really pretty printed burlap at JoAnn's recently too.
My sweetie helped me with covering the seats -
Even though we have an electric staple gun,
I just couldn't do it because the wood on these chairs is SOLID...
Sorry I don't have photos of that process.
Basically I just put the foam pad down,
positioned the burlap, flipped, stapled, and trimmed...
I did not cut the bag apart -
so there is a double layer on the seat -
I think it'll make it more durable -
and I just didn't want to deal with all that fraying burlap -
which btw, - here 's my handy tip -
after it was all stapled down and trimmed on the back
I went around the edges with fray-check.
Yes it used a lot and I don't think it's cheap,
but it's definitely worth it ...
I love how they look!
Haven't quite decided on the color for the table -
am leaning toward black, to contrast with the print on the bags...
but that will be a weekend project for another time...