This would be an opportune time to grab a snack, a cozy blanket, and perhaps silence your cell phone. Why? Because it’s story time, folks. Gather ’round for…
Once upon a time, there was an old chair. And there was a girl who sat in the old chair. But because it was an old chair, an old folding chair, it was an uncomfortable chair. It made her back hurt and ache.
When the girl sat in the old chair, time dragged. She would yawn and look at her watch. She abandoned any attempt at good posture and even started to wonder if she’d ever enjoy sitting in chairs again.
One dreary day, after the girl had just started to nod off, a new chair suddenly appeared from the land of Craigslist. It looked like a good chair, a sturdy chair, a chair that matched her IKEA expedit shelves and rug to a T! It seemed too good to be true, so she tested the waters with a few trepidatious touches. The seat was soft to the touch! Then, the girl almost thought she heard the new chair whisper, “Come on over!”
The girl crept over from the old chair to the new chair. As she lowered herself down, she waited to feel uncomfortable, bored, and tired…but none of those feelings came. Could it be? Could it be that this new chair brought promise of something…more? Something…better?
Sure enough, this new chair made the girl feel great! It was comfortable, it provided plenty of back support, and the fact that it matched her living room furniture was icing on the cake. The girl couldn’t contain her excitement any longer. She even started dancing a little jig in her new chair!
The girl busted out singing, “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!” And the thought crossed her mind that this would be the perfect opportunity to recreate the Flashdance water scene…but then she thought better of it. At last, the girl embraced the new chair and declared her loyalty to it forevermore. Now, she just had to find a table to match….
I hope you enjoyed the story of The Old Chair, The New Chair, & The Girl as much as I did acting it out.
The story continues.
We “found” a new table in our very own house, in fact! Mark and I decided to give our old wooden Target table a makeover to match the black distressed look of our new chairs.
The old table had a lot of distress of its own. A chipped corner…water stains….nail polish remover stains…iron damage (don’t ask)…. Although I used it as a surface on which to photograph many of my projects, there were only a few spots that I could photograph that were free of blemishes and didn’t require major photo editing in post-production. It was time.
We were inspired by a video tutorial created by Sarah Macklem from The Yellow Cape Cod and used a lot of her tips for re-doing ours. If you’re interested in achieving this same look with one of your pieces, I highly recommend checking it out.
Here’s photo documentation of our table’s journey from drab to fab.
And now, the grand reveal of our finished black distressed table:
I have to credit Mark with carrying out the bulk of this project. I really only helped out with the fun part: distressing the edges. Here are a few tips & tricks we have to offer in case you decide to tackle a similar technique in your own furniture re-dos.
Tips & Tricks:
- When you choose a table or furniture piece, make sure that it sits level with no wobble. Fix these problems prior to all following steps.
- In retrospect, rather than using an orbital sander for the first sanding step (removing the finish), use a sanding block. It’ll leave a smoother finish. Sand in the direction of the grain.
- Before each round of paint or finish, wipe the table down with a damp cloth to rid the surface of dust.
- In between the two coats of your protective finish, allow the table to dry completely.
- Be intentional about your brush choices. We used a bristle brush with the black paint because we wanted it to look hand-done and a sponge brush with the protective finish for smoothness.
And when put all together, our newly made-over table and our Craigslist chairs look like they were M.F.E.O. Aw….
And to think…it all started with, “Once upon a time, there was an old chair.”
Dear reader, how do your furniture makeover project stories start? What is your “Once upon a time”?