The four side chairs in the dining room have been on my "to paint" list for some time. They were the only pieces of furniture in the room that were still the original shiny wood finish. I've also been wanting to try milk paint. I've been looking around blog land at everyone's techniques. I like the idea of a distressed finished, so I ordered milk paint but didn't order the bonding agent. Big mistake #1. Then I came home Friday night after a long week, and proceeded to tackle this project. Big mistake #2. I debated on if I should rough up the chairs first with sandpaper, but opted out. Big mistake #3. Luckily I only started on one chair. That baby peeled like a bad sunburn. I tried wiping some off, and sanding, then repainting. It just went from bad to worse, making a huge mess along the way. I finally just decided to go with "Plan B". I cleaned everything up and stuck the chair aside with plans to get some black paint at Lowe's.
Since we had a "Tennessee Blizzard" early Saturday, I insisted on driving my 19 year old son to work. And he insisted on being dropped off at the end of his building :) But not wanting to leave this undone chair mess hanging over my head, I went on to Lowe's. Once inside, I couldn't decide if I should get the satin finish or the flat finish. The smart thing would have been to get one of each. It was only a quart size of premixed generic black. Actually, the best thing would have been to pick a shade of black and have a quart mixed. Clearly I'm not making the best choices lately. So in that tradition, I went with the satin finish.
I came home and immediately started painting chairs. Naturally I thought they looked a bit too shiny. But since this paint took so darn long to dry (as in hours) I kept hoping it would lose some of the sheen. By the end of the day, I was just wishing for a good can of chalk paint. However, I had some of this awesome grain sack fabric that I ordered from Décor Steals. I wanted to implement all I had planned for this room over the weekend. I also got the houndstooth rug a couple of weeks ago, and was anxious to see how everything looked together.
I experienced a bit of buyer's remorse on this fabric. Only because I didn't order more! I love this stuff but only got 2 yards!
I'm still not completely sold on the black and white combo for the table and chairs. I'm definitely going to put on another coat of paint either in flat black or maybe chalk paint on the side chairs. I'm temped to paint the whole set black, but I'm afraid it may be too dark for the room. Would you go all black, or leave the black and white?
I can live with it as it is for now. I just wanted to see how all the patterns were going to come together.
I drug out my old ammo box lid that I had stenciled on and put it back on the buffet. To brighten things up a bit, I added this fake grass I found at Dollar General.
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