Thank you to Behr for providing paint to use for this project. All ideas and opinions, as always, are our own.
Reunited and it feels so good.
I’m talking about me and my paintbrush.
This month, our challenge from Behr was to tackle a New Year’s Resolution and bring life to something with paint. Well, this is a project that I have wanted to tackle for YEARS. So, I guess it fits the bill. No one ever said which year the resolution should be from.
I finally gave our dining room table the makeover it desperately deserved. Many of us (okay, fine, you … many of you) are hitting the gym hard to give yourself a body makeover for your resolutions. This curvy lady got a few coats of gorgeous grey paint – the color is dolphin fin.
And all of the sudden, this lady has got LEGS. You should have heard the cat calls when I posted a sneak-peek on Instagram. (I’m newlywoodwards there, too.)
In case you weren’t around the blog in 2009 (and unless you are my mom, you were not), we painted this table and chairs black. The set was originally a very grainy stained wood and was hand-me-down from my parents. Here’s a recent photograph.
I loved the paint and it’s actually held up pretty well for four plus years of daily use. (We eat at the table almost every day.) But the top was starting to show wear and I was wanting to lighten it up. With the seal walls in the dining room, it was feeling really dark. I knew the set would be great in white because my friend Emily at Imperfect rocks a similar table in white.
In the end, I didn’t want it to be as white as the wainscoting. So, I chose a very light grey. Behr Dolphin Fin. I think it’s the perfect contrast to the black chairs. I originally planned to paint them, too. But, now I love them in black. (And my friend Cassie at Primitive and Proper inspired me to try chairs in a different color. It’s a look I love.)
I haven’t decided on the fate of the hutch.
As for the painting, it was pretty self-explanatory. I sanded everything really well so the paint would “stick.” Then, I did a couple of coats of paint with a brush. I used my favorite Behr Ultra Premium Plus paint with primer built in. It covered really well for a light color, but I did add an extra coat to the top for durability. I plan to wax it after discussing it with Cassie the paint guru.
(Also, I painted the leaves, too. I just decided to keep it round for now.)
Because the color is light, I expect it to need touch ups. (I touch up my trim on a regular basis, too.) My favorite way to make this something I may actually do is to have paint right in the room.
So I add a bit of paint to a mason jar and label it. Then, I can simply grab a brush and go to it. This jar lives in the hutch for safekeeping.
So that’s my little makeover for January. If only all resolutions showed such quick results.
So, it’s time to weigh in –