Ben and I moved into our home about three weeks ago. On the day that we moved the last of our big furniture in, we also got a delivery from Diversity Thrift, for the dining table, 5 chairs and computer desk (that would become this hutch-ish storage cabinet) that I had purchased from them. Almost immediately I began my beautification project. I did the hutch first, and pretty much everyday I would do at least one coat of paint on one of the chairs. I knew this set had sooo much potential and I was so excited that I had the materials to make it exactly what I wanted it to be!! Speaking of materials, if this project interests you here is all you need to get started:
(not pictured - upholstery foam, $15 at Walmart)
So here is the before shot from when I first saw it in Diversity Thrift"
Before, the cushions were sooo flat it felt like you were sitting on a piece of wood. Now they have fluffy foam to cushion your tushy AND they're covered with pretty pretty pretty fabric :) Yay for Staple guns!
I am in LOVE with this "Weathered Grey" Rustoleum stain! Here's how I got this look:
First I did two coats of the stain. It was looking more blue than grey, so I got some white craft paint and after the stain dried, I did a dry brush of the white over the table. I left some of the table exposed to give it more of a layered effect. Then I did one more coat of the weathered grey, using a towel to fade the stain in a few places. I ended with two coats of Polyurethane (I would recommend adding one or two more coats so you don't have to use place-mats or coasters!).
The bottom (white part) of the table was done by painting a couple coats of Kilz 2 or Bulls Eye 1-2-3, then doing a couple coats of the semi-gloss white to give it a more polished look!
You may notice that I started with five chairs and ended with four, that's because the last chair turned into a comfy waiting room seat for my office! You can see more photos by clicking here.
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