If you are anything like me, I really can’t get any substantial projects done when my child is around. Mostly it is because I like to soak up as much time as I do have, exploring and teaching her how to be the sweet human she is turning out to be. I am thankful that Daniella doesn’t really demand too much attention, considering she will be twelve in March, but I still like to experience the moments of growth, love, and stubbornness that our relationship has.
With that, finding time, and ambition to tackle and actually finish my farmhouse table project was quite the endeavor. However, I am proud to announce that it is FINALLY done!
I know that I am bound to get questions on material used, etc. But honestly, I went to the Habitat Restore in my town and they happened to have a FULL quart of white paint! At a whopping $3!!! I really wasn’t even searching for paint, BUT this little guy of latex paint was shouting at me from the shelf, so I just had to take him home. Little did I know, he would fuel the fire. I had originally made the trip to the store to see what furniture I could take home to up-cycle, this little quart of paint however was the only win from the Habitat store.
I think one thing that was holding me back from painting this table and chairs was that I am THE MOST indecisive person when it comes to putting furniture, fixtures, décor, ANYTHING in my home. I always feel like those things have to be permanent, which I now know is silly. And really, deep down I know that it is just paint, if I didn’t like it, I can change it. Sure, it will be a ton of work but I could theoretically change it if I hated it that much.
The other deterrent from attempting this project was the cushions. Luckily, Andrew is generally spot on when recommending coverings for anything we need. We decided on this pattern. I knew I wanted something navy with a hint of modern. This fabric is actually outdoor fabric (which is great if you have animals) and since Jo-Ann’s never fails me with the coupons; it was 60 % off of 1.5 yards. So, total the fabric was $25 for 4 cushions.
Other items I used were:
dollar store paint brush - $0.69
Staple Gun- $9.49 (with Jo-Ann 50% off one item coupon)
White twist rope - $.99/yd. (with Jo-Ann 50% off one item coupon)
Gorilla Glue- $3.99
Heavy Duty 11mm Staples - $2.99 for 1000
With having to purchase the staple gun, staples, and gorilla glue my total for this project was $55.06!
Now, how the heck did I do it without a child and how long did it take me? Daniella goes to her father’s every other weekend and I knew that I had a Saturday where I said no to a few things and wasn’t scheduled for some others, so I took full advantage. Luckily, the weather was beautiful and there was just enough breeze that the chairs and the table dried quickly. I did run a sander with 80 grit sandpaper I had laying around over the chairs and base of the table and I wouldn’t recommend skipping this step.
I started by putting a thin layer of paint on all the chairs and the table and by the time I was finished with the last stroke, the first chair was already dry so I was able to just keep painting. When I was finished with the second layer, I hauled it into the house knowing full well my little person would not be home to touch it!
After which, I upholstered each seat. After measuring and stapling the fabric, I trimmed off the fabric with the white twist rope. For that, I just gorilla glued it as I went along for a seamless finish.
I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out and how therapeutic it was for me. I have been chomping at the bit to get this project done and I knew that I would not have started it without saying no. I guess that is really my focus here is learning how to say no. It is just fine and people will survive and find someone else, if you say no so you can do something YOU want to do. It feels so much better having this accomplished and it truly inspired me to keep painting and keep creating to evoke some therapy into my heart.
I have another project finished that I am just dying to share, but for now, I leave you with this!