Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do it myself chairs

Remember how I was thinking about painting my kitchen chairs to look something like this? They're finally finished after a bit of labor and some nightmares. Don't get your hopes up for anything exciting and keep in mind that I am very NEW at DIY projects so we're working with some basic stuff here.
This is what the chairs looked before, except that I had green seat cushions on them.
Our first step was to sand. Here's B on his designated chair (for the record I tend to be a competitive person so we had designated chairs for a reason and no, I am not proud of this).
Sanding these chairs proved to be a bit more difficult (and time consuming) than the coffee table. My bicep received a little workout so I can't complain.
We decided to the paint the chairs a light, cucumber green which was left over from our bathroom.
We haven't painted the kitchen table and we after some discussion I think we might leave it as is.
We used to have a striped green table cloth but it doesn't work with the chairs. With some fun place mats, I think it'll be fine.
Plus, I really like the contrast of the table vs. the chairs.
Don't fresh flowers make everything better?
{all images via me, myself, and I}
We completed another little project I want to show you tomorrow. If you get tired of the DIY photos, just let me know, but I have to admit I'm having fun re-vamping things I already own. Are you working on any projects?

31 comments:

~ ennui ~ said...

wish i had fun projects such as this- just cleaning out closets i'm afraid. i love the color you have chosen and i agree, the contrast does give it interest but i would give some thought to painting the table too. the color is just so lovely. o.k. just tell me to shut up now.

ms. less is always more said...

I love them! What a great color. I have two chairs that I really need to get around painting as well.

Tom and Samantha said...

Wow. It's amazing what a little paint (and a lot of sanding) can do. They look great.

Keep the DIY's coming. I love DIY stuff.

Blair said...

Oh, love love love!:) All your hard work definitley paid off and I completely agree about the contrast with the table. Pretty flowers too!

drollgirl said...

you guys are a house on fire!!! you are doing it! very cool. and they look fab. and yup, flowers always help. but i do hate cleaning the water from flower vases. it almost kills me.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Good job!! I like the contrast of the table and chairs how it is now too...and gerber daisies?! My fav!

I.Suck.At.DIY. But blogland is inspiring me...

jlc said...

Randomly found you and just wanted to say LOVEEE your blog!! Got a new follower (if you don't mind!)

Callie Grayson said...

they look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love the colour and the contrast with the table. once all set it will really look fantastic.
can't wait to see what is next! you are inspiring me to do the same, bring on the DIY

Lauren Jade said...

LOVE diy's!!! i made a headboard a few weeks ago and love it. so fun, I think the table could look pretty cool painted..and maybe even a fun table cloth or even out on a limb and decoupage the top with some fun paper. just ideas..
love the flowers

Miss Aimee said...

wow.looks so great. i think you shoudl keep table as is.looks perfect!

david mcmahon said...

Been there, done that! Great choice of colour. The contrast works really well.

And the gerberas are a great addition.

christina said...

Love it! Sanding really is a pain in the butt, or maybe just in the arm. But it's always the part I dread the most. Definitely keep the diy photos coming. You're what inspired me to get back out in the garage and finish the little flea market table I found. Hopefully it will be done this week!

Adorably Distracted... said...

They look amazing!! congrats on getting it finished!!!

And thank you so for going through all that :-) I think you're special too! :-)

Gabbi said...

I love the way your chairs turned out! They do make a nice contrast with the table. Often think of DIY projects, sometimes I'll go as far as buying supplies but I rarely follow through. Though I do have this tart recipe I've been meaning to try, so maybe this weekend. Does cooking count as a DIY? :)

Collins said...

I love the color...how cute! I have bought my first piece of the desk I am making and just posted my first pics so take a look! I love DIY! And I am seriously dreading sanding it as it's going to be a pain. :(

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

thanks for the encouragement:) love the chairs. i would have not put soo much effort into sanding. i know lazy, but that is who i am :) really great job!!!

Kotori said...

They turned out great! I love the color and how it contrasts with the table. Love that you are doing more DIY posts, but then again, you know how much I love a good DIY project!

POST VILLAGE said...

fantastic!

PS~Erin said...

They turned out so great! The paint changed the whole look of them. They are so cute and eclectic and cool. I am way impressed! Good job!

I also wanted to tell you that I got my recycled bracelet in the mail yesterday, and it is so flippin' cute... I love it. Thanks so much for hosting such a great giveaway!

Jackie said...

Lookin' good-nice color. I love that you had designated chairs. So yours turned out better right? I love to see DIY projects, so keep em coming.

Diana said...

you did an awesome job! i also love the contrast. we live in a historical city building so we can't do any projects. i am however, putting up some plates in my kitchen :)

naphtali said...

What a fun project!! Love seeing what people are doing. Great color too. Currently, I'm making buttons, finishing a little bear, making some jewelry and just picked out some fabric tonight for a chair I plan on re-doing {once I figure out how to do it...}.

Patricia Torres said...

looks great!! I love the fact that the table colour is different... looks very impressive!!

Annette said...

I love to follow your DIY projects. The chairs has just become so fine! Good job ;-)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Love the cool color...Fresh flowers make me smile too! XO*

vicki archer said...

Very pretty - especially with the flowers, xv.

Dimitrova said...

Nice!
I am on a mission of redesigning my front porch and back yard, including a veggie garden and pots of mums. but that doesnt' really count as DIY, right...

Stephanie said...

Love the color! I know what work sanding can be... that why I'm so excited that my mother-in-law is sanding painting/staining our dining room table and 6 chairs!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! It's a pass-down from the hubs' grandparents. There's a china hutch that matches it too that will sooon be ours, and the mother-in-law is painting that too!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm too lucky - otherwise, where would we find the time to do it ourselves?!?!

LipstickOne said...

yay!! it looks lovely!

Hanako66 said...

awwww, they turned out adorable!

Rachel said...

OH, how did I miss this?? I was waiting and waiting to see what the chairs looked like!! I love the contrast! I have several projects I am working on, I can't wait to show them off!!

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