A few weeks ago a cousin passed down a piece of furniture for my daughter to enjoy as she grows up. It’s a little old ice cream parlor style table and chairs. When I got it, let’s just say it took a while to come up with some inspiration. My cousin that had been using it has long outgrown it. It had been sitting in a garage collecting dust and rust. This table’s grandchildren are practically antiques…let’s just put it that way.

So it sat, and it sat, while I tried to think of the best way to modernize it. My sister is obsessed with chalkboard paint, so the first thing we decided was that the metal tabletop, would obviously be painted as a chalkboard. This will also provide endless hours of entertainment for Lilly. Now all I had to decide was what color to do the base and the chairs. Some people thought I should do each chair a different color, some thought I should do ice cream parlor baby pink. Ultimately I decided on a blue-green and we went at it! Here are my before, middle, and after pictures:






How to: First I sand papered everything. This was by far my most hated part of the whole process. Then once everything was sanded, we painted each piece separately with several coats of spray paint in our color of choice. We had detached the table top from the base, and put about 3 coats of chalkboard paint on that. Once everything was dry, we used a clear glossy sealer and sprayed that onto the chairs and base to give them a nice finish. Attach the table top once that’s dry, and voila! It was seriously too easy.


3 thoughts on “DIY

  1. that is so cute. i tried to comment a minute ago and thnk the program ate it. was trying to say how jealous i was, i have no artistic bone in my body..ask misty!! love the table and chairs, how great!!!


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