I was looking for a fast and easy way to distress the chairs for my dining room table. Chasing three rowdy boys, changing diapers and running the home doesn’t leave me much free time for DIY projects but I was really excited to get my hands on the chairs. They are vintage 1950’s ice cream parlor chairs that I picked up from an antique store over the summer.
I have painted furniture in the past and it always seemed to take me days before the job was completed. Well, I’ve finally nailed a work flow that is easy and fun for the whole family! Here’s what I did.
Step 1 Paint: I got up early to add two coats of paint to the chairs. I wanted to get this completed before my little’s were awake and demanding to be fed. If you want to be quick with your work then invest in a quality chalk paint. I did not have to sand and prep the chairs prior to painting. I simply wiped them down to remove the dirt and dust.
Step 2 Sand: The chairs were completely dry in just a few hours. In order to have more time with my family I wanted to use and electric sander. I used this small handheld sander so that I could get into all of the small nooks and crannies of the chair.
Step 3 Detail: After using the electric sander I switched to the handheld sponge sander. This was easier to handle. I was able to add character with precise control by using this technique.
*Tip: Sand the areas that are naturally prone to wear and tear. This will give it a more authentic look and feel.
I took a break and let the kids join in on the fun. After all, children are best at distressing! I allowed my boys to have as much freedom as they wanted and they enjoyed “helping” mommy.
Step 4 Seal: Next, I wiped off all of the excess dust with a damp cloth. After I let it try for about 10 minutes I applied the wax coating to seal the paint. I like to use an old baby cloth diaper because it’s lent free, a neutral color and pliable to work with.
Well, that’s it!! Some people choose to buff the chairs after the wax dries. I chose not to because I like the dull farmhouse look and I wanted to be true to the integrity of my furniture piece. What type of style do you have for your kitchen table? Share with me in the comments section below!!