4.23.2012

Kitchen Chairs Makeover- Somebody Stop Me!!

So I have had an awakening if you will.
On Thursday, I read a post from a fellow "mommy blogger" that kind of changed my thinking a little.
See, I really love blogging, I do, I do, I do. It is a release for me, well, at least that is what it started out being.
Then over the past year or so, it became a little more consuming than I would like to admit.
Sure I would create the projects I show on my blog even if I didn't have a blog but I started to let this blog control me in a way I didn't really like.
Remember last week when I got upset over what that other blogger said about my blog being chaotic?
Yeah.....that was really my breaking point.
So after reading what Diana wrote, I could completely relate.
Blog envy? All. The. Time.
Reading my numbers daily and getting upset when they were lower than they should be?
 Every. Single. Week.
No more.
I make a little money on this blog.....thank you to Blog Her......but only enough to buy a cup of coffee every month. Not enough to let this consume me and that isn't even what motivates me to blog in the first place.  I will continue to blog but I will blog on my terms, meaning:

- only one or two posts a week and not just "filler" posts, If I don't have anything interesting to say? Not writing a post that week.

- no more searching or begging people to like my FB page and the like. I don't need to be desperate, you either like me or you don't and if you don't, I am not losin' sleep.

- I am only allowing myself to go online once per day. And only when the kids are asleep or at school etc. ....so that it never ever interferes with my family time ever again.

- and never again will I look at another blog and wonder why they have 10,000 followers and I only have 175 ......I just don't care anymore. I am so appreciative of those followers who hang in there with me every post, I am not gonna scour the link parties to get more and more followers. I will take care of those who are loyal. That means YOU reading this right now. :)

- oh and Pinterest Wednesday? Gone. Sorry, just not worth my time. I will still go on Pinterest because I love Pinterest but if you want to see my pins, you can follow me there not see them here on the blog on Wednesdays.

As much as I love all of you virtual friends/family, I really need to focus on my in the flesh family and friends.

So the projects will still be coming because I do these things anyway and I love you all and want to share them with you.  They just won't be coming as often.

I hope you understand and hang in there with me.

On to the latest mess project.....





I mentioned a while ago that I used to have a huge fear of painting furniture. A huge fear. Like a fear so monumental that I have furniture that dates back to the disco era that has sat in my home untouched for years because I was so afraid of messing it up.

That was until I was able to successfully paint an old kitchen table a few weeks ago here . When I say "successfully", I mean that I didn't mess it up so bad to the point of it being unrecognizable. I just wanted to make that clear because my idea of success and yours is probably completely different. Read: it has dings and dents on it already and I am pretty sure there is a piece of one of the back legs that I never even hit with the sander, primer or paint. How does that even happen????

But it was just enough to get me stoked about refinishing furniture. So stoked that since this little project, I have refinished and/or in the process of finishing five other pieces in my home using all the materials that I used for that kitchen table redo!

 Which means one of two things: I am really a smokin' painter and thrifty too!! Look at me not spending any more moola on these projects?!! As Chandler Bing would say, "could I be spending any less money??" Or two: I am a really stinkin' painter and cheap too. Look at me makin' mistakes left and right because I have been too stingy with the paint. As Chandler Bing would say, " could I be any less handy???"

This project has been in the back of my mind since the moment we found these chairs on the side of the road.
Yes, that's right.
I said side of the road.

Back in 2009, the hubs and I were taking the kids for a Sunday drive and saw the aforementioned chairs as well as a round table in someones garbage pile at the curb. We actually looked around for hidden cameras or someone with a booby trap waiting for unsuspecting (or neurotic people, in my case) people to show up and steal these chairs away. After the initial shock wore off, we loaded the chairs into the back of our car and sped off like the criminals we felt we were.

So we cleaned them up and added them to the table we already had and loved them!


That table was my gramma's table.
Never goin' anywhere and never, ever gonna get re-painted.


Except those dark chairs,well they left the kitchen feeling a little dark.

The color on our walls are like a teal color so its a little dark to begin with but the chairs just made it seem blah.

So then I added some stick on numbers to the backs of the chairs to make them a little more whimsical.
Except that the kids thought they were so whimsical that they ended up playing with them, chipping away at them one by one.










Until finally after looking at these chairs for one day too many I had had enough.

I can do this.
And this was my inspiration:






Sorry for the grainy picture but this is the kitchen from the Dunphy Family home featured on one of my all time fave shows Modern Family.
I have been lovin' on these chairs since day one and they even kind of look like my black ones.
Only I knew I wanted them in this creamy color.


A hard task for the old scared of painting furniture Kari but the new and improved not afraid of painting Kari? No match.
Ok a little match.
Alright, I was pretty much afraid I was gonna make a mess of these too but I decided not to let fear stand in my way and I dragged the chairs to the garage two at a time to begin my process.








I know this looks all seemless and junk but it wasn't.
These primed chairs sat in my garage for a good week before I even got to painting them.


I also knew I wanted chair pads on these because as cool as these chairs look they hurt your behind like no ones biz.
So I found some online at World Market for 9.99 on sale!
Cheapest ones out there and the coolest looking too.




See the box they came in on the left?
Yeah, I couldn't even wait to move the box to take the picture, I was that excited!






I edited the picture after I added my watermark.
And I am too lazy to go back and change it.
See you won't get this lack of quality over at Pioneer Woman's blog.






Here is the before again:



and after!!


And I didn't have to spend anything other than the money I spent for the previous paint project.

Here is what you will need if you are interested in painting your furniture:

- an electric sander,,,you could use sandpaper but it will take you a lot longer. I did use sand paper on smaller, harder to reach areas though.

- primer. I used the smallest can they had and I have already used it for three projects and still have lots more.

- paint- the color I used was Egg Cream for this project.

- a good paintbrush. I used Purdy for my brand and I spent 15 bucks on it.

- polyurethane. I used two coats for each chair. This will always be your final step in painting furniture.


Good luck and I would love you to share your furniture painting projects or disasters with me here!





18 comments:

  1. LOVE! Even the table looks shinier after! I wish I had a house... I want to do all of this stuff!! :(

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  2. Amen, sister!
    I'm so with you (obviously!) haha! :)~
    ... and the chairs look great, too!
    ~Bec

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  3. I'm gonna miss reading your bolgs daily cause you make me laugh so much. I often think about doing a blog but have all these fears. BUT your decision makes complete sense and makes me love your blog that much more. The table and chairs look fabulous. Good luck and can't wait for your next appearence. BTW this is Antonia, I commented a few weeks ago, (engligh freakn mid-term....remember me hahaha) Take care!!

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  4. Beautiful! And so inspirational. It may be another thing I pin and sit on for several years ;)

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  5. It totally changes your kitchen! I love them, can't wait to sit down in your new chairs and have a nice long chat!

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  6. @ Antonia- Of course I remember you!! I will still be here, just not as often but thank you so much for your sweet words. You exemplify the reader I was describing in this post. Thank you for reading. :)

    @ Christine- now we can sit and chat longer bc of the cozy cushions!!

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  8. what a great makeover. I really love how it just gives the table a lift. and the chair pads are terrific! If you have any other projects that are being put off, please join the UFO challenge on my blog http://addhousewife.com

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  9. I LOVE YOUR BLOG and am happy to be among the devoted 175. Any post by you is a good post, quality over quantity, right? xx Thanks, Kari!

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  10. Well, it seems a little ironic that this is my first visit and you announce you are cutting back- was it something I did? ;) Seriously, you are making a wise choice- I'm new to this blogging thing and it is such a roller coaster, comparison machine- I think God must be working something radical in me, probably something about pride....
    I love your chair makeover- they look great and those chair pads are so colorful & fun!

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  11. Oh boy! Way to go, Kari--put your family first and you won't regret it!

    As for this project, I think you did a great job. I love those chair pads--I think they're from World Market, aren't they? That fabric is one of my favorites. :)

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  12. Oh Charity, how sweet! Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

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  13. I bow to the new and improved painting furniture champion Kari!

    I have two pieces that need some TLC and then some paint and yet I do nothing. And the fact that they're crowding my family room? Yeah, somehow I have blinders on ... just don't see them anymore.

    I need to become a new and improved furniture painter too ... I pretend it's the fact that I haven't settled on a color. That's just a cop-out ...

    :)

    Linda

    And I'm going to read that post that made you so introspective and reflective. I can relate to the blog taking over the life thing versus the blog as a documentation of life. And I find myself making things or projects or writing posts for the sole purpose of linking up at Nester or Centsational Girl. So silly, right? I've had an attitude adjustment. If I don't feel it, I'm not doing it ...

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  14. Great news! I had lost interest in you're blog because of that begging girl.....for followers and sponsors. The reason I enjoyed your blog in the first place was because you weren't like the others - you're just like us. Doing as much as possible with very little....because we have to. Not to keep the cash flowing from the sponsors. If you can afford a house like the ones those bloggers live in....then you don't need to be repurposing. Just sayin.....

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  15. Thanks Alba for making me feel good about this decision! :)

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  16. Kari your blog is like a breath of fresh air. Love what you did with the chairs. As a new blogger I can really appreciate your thoughts about blogging not taking over your life and keeping things in perspective.

    Mary

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  17. If you love being creative and want something new.You just need to do experiment and projects of things in your house that can have more function.

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