Monday, March 5, 2012

GOAL: the Pottery Barn table and chairs

My very first post (aside from our "Welcome" post) was about a Pottery Barn table someone had given to Ivy. It's a great set of furniture, and I want it to turn out awesome. Usually when I want things to turn out awesome, I fear starting on them until the stars align. Well, I really just want to do something with it, so I'm making a goal to finish this set by the end of March. I'm even entering this Before and After Party, so that I can't back out:

Shine Your Light

Here's my original post:

In December, one of my students' moms came up to me and said she had an old Pottery Barn kids table and chair set. She said, "It was a gorgeous set, but it's been used a lot and is more of a project, than a gift. We don't really want to give it to just anyone... Would you like to have it?" (Her daughter loves Ivy, and even named her American Doll "Ivy"... :) )

Little did she know that our car tent outside had been used by my brother and his wife to upcycle furniture for the past 4 months. Needless to say I gladly took the table and chairs off her hands. We started sanding it (see the green chair?), but haven't done much more than that. I'm dying to get my hands on it, but I think it is just a bit of a big project for me, so I'm reluctant to get started. I know what I want it to look like, but I'm procrastinating to get started. Here's some before pics. When I finally get it done, you'll see the afters.

Until then...


Back to today...

Well, i've made a little progress... I sanded and painted two chairs. Here's the poor yellow one before:

Getting primed:

Godiva, our dog, lurking in the background: 

I have this oops paint. It's a metallic aqua. I also used it for the stripes on my mirror. See post here.

The first coat looked HORRIBLE (pic below). Really see-thru.

But the second went on nice. The one on the left has 3 coats. The one on the right has just 1. 

Kit jumped in too and is sanding the 3rd chair. I have no idea what to do with the table, cause i just want it to be AWESOME!! Anyways. Now I have a goal to get it done!



  1. I think you should put a coordinating print on the top of the table. Maybe modge podge a simple fabric to the top or something.

  2. The chair looks very nice. Why don't you put chalk paint on that table top.

  3. Jule, I had the same idea... well, kind of. I've been dying to try chalk paint. But, I was also thinking to put CHALK BOARD paint on the surface so my daughter could use chalk on it. I'm a little hesitant though... It's such a great piece.

  4. That's what I wanted to say. SOmetimes I don't know the correct Engish words. ;) You probably know Jen from IHeartOrganizing, she did a very nice playroom table for her sons. See here:
    Thanks for your comment on my blog!

  5. I just used that Martha Stewart metallic paint too. I love the shimmery finish. I think a chalkboard table top would be awesome!

  6. I concur about the chalkboard paint - I am going to do that to a play table I have too. So much fun and the paint even comes in a spray paint version so it would be so easy to clean up with a fresh coat once in a while!
    What a cute table & chairs, can't wait to see how it all comes out!!


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