There isn’t much that I love more than a good bargain. Ok maybe Jesus, my family, friends, coffee and donuts; but bargain shopping ranks right up there! I love to get crafty in order to save money, but lately I feel as if I don’t have enough time for many DIY projects.
I have been looking for a cute traditional little wooden table for Quinn since we redid our main floor. We moved her colorful plastic Ikea table and chairs to the basement so that she could have space to do art work downstairs (without coloring on the carpet or walls in the process). Unfortunately, everything that I was seeing that I liked was ridiculously expensive. I couldn’t justify the money, knowing full well that it would be covered in crayon and marker nearly minutes after Quinn laid eyes on it.
I searched the Facebook Marketplace and found the perfect table. It had been well loved, but I knew that for only $15 (I talked them down from $20), I could afford to put a little life back into it!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
I began combing the internet and eventually just became friends with a woman working the paint counter at our local Home Depot. I knew I wanted a quick and easy way to make this table our own. I also loved the idea of not having to pick up a paint brush. Here are the 3 easy steps I used for my daughter’s table and chair makeover:
I used a microfiber cloth to apply this Klean-Strip Quart Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser to every surface of both the table and chairs. I had to be careful not to use something with much lint that could be left behind on the surface. I did two coats of the deglosser and waited about 10 minutes in between coats. It only took me about 10 minutes to coat the whole table one time through, so by the time I was finished, I was able to start the second coat.
2. Spray Paint & Primer
I chose the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Dark Gray for the actual paint and primer. A paint and primer in one is an easy way to save both time and money. I made sure to hold the can 10-16” out in order to get good, even coverage. I did two coats and allowed 15-20 minutes in between the coats in order for the paint to dry.
Helpful hint: you will likely need at least two cans of spray paint for a kids table and chairs set. I ended up taking a trip back to the store because I was overly optimistic and came home with only one can!
3. Matte Finish
I wanted to make sure that this table was as childproof as possible. That meant making it super easy to wipe off future food and art messes. To be safe, I sprayed a matte finish on the table and chairs which provided an additional clear protective layer. You could just as easily do glossy, but I knew that I wanted a more matte look. You will want to make sure to follow the directions on the can and hold 6-8 ” away from the surface, spraying in a back and forth, overlapping pattern. If you get too close, you risk seeing the lines from the spray. I applied two quick, easy coats a few minutes apart.
From there I let the table sit over night before allowing Quinn to use it, just to be safe. But it was as easy as 1-2-3!
Once completed, I added these self-stick round felt pads that we had lying around in order to prevent the chairs from scratching the floors when Quinn inevitably moves them all over the house!
Overall, this process didn’t take much more than an hour and a half and that was including the wait time in between coats. It was easy and the supplies cost around $15. Combined with the $15 that I spent on the table and chairs, I would say $30 is pretty great for a seemingly new table and chairs. Similar styles and colors that I had seen when searching for tables cost upwards of $130. That’s over a $100 savings for less than two hours of my time. That’s well worth it in my book!
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