When I first started looking at interiors and decorating I was split 50/50 between what type of style I preferred, the beige, neutral colour schemes or the modern fresh white and grey schemes.
So when it came to getting a new dining room table and chairs I looked online at various different websites and then scrolled for ages on Pintrest until I came across something that took my fancy! It’s the shabby chic style table with a wooden top then cream legs and chairs! The only downside was the price for it all. Once you add up the 6 chairs and table the price was coming to around £2,000… which was not in my budget!
After getting some inspiration from one of my favourite blogs ‘The home that made me’ I decided to shop around on places like Gumtree and eBay to find a secondhand pine wood table and chairs and attempt to renovate them myself with some chalk paint.
So after about 30 minutes of searching online I found the perfect table, a 6ft pine wood table with 6 matching chairs and was only 30 mins away for £150. Perfect!
I quickly contacted the seller through Gumtree and arranged a pick up time for the next day! If only everything in life can go this smoothly and to plan!
I then popped down to my local B&Q to get the materials I needed…
We picked it up easy enough and I was over the moon with the condition and how well it fit into the space I made for it, all that was left to do now was the painting!
So I got up early Saturday morning chucked on some old clothes, turned on the radio and started!
First I sanded down all the chairs and then the table legs. Once this was done I gave it a wipe over to get rid of all the dust.
Next it was time to paint! I used a normal paintbrush and started on the table legs before moving to the chairs.
I managed to get the sanding and first coat done in one day and was so pleased with how it was going! I then called two of my best friends and roped them into coming to help me the next day… thanks girls!
By the end of Sunday we had finished!
I am so happy with the final result and I am so glad I chose to just give DIY ago, this definitely will not be my last attempt.
Looking back now I wish I took more photos, but I was so excited to start I just forgot. Anyway here are the few I did take so you can see the before and after!
Attempting to upscale furniture yourself for the first time can be scary, but it is so rewarding once completed! I am definitely no expert but after doing this for the first time my tips would be…
- Watch a few Youtube videos on how the pros prep & paint (I always think watching someone do it first gives you a better idea)
- Take your time… Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that! It will look its best if you give it time to dry properly in-between each coat
- Get some good music playing in the background to keep you entertained, after the first few hours it can get a bit boring
- If you get bored easily ask a friend or family member to help… a job shared is a job halved!
- Shop around, read up on different paint types and colour shades to get exactly what your after
So if you are wanting to upscale some furniture yourself, just give it a go!
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I hope you have enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below if you have any of your own tips that might help me out next time I give it another go!