Monday, May 9, 2011

ugly, sticky chairs

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sticky chairs, sticky chairs
what’s all over you?
sticky chairs, sticky chairs
it’s not your fault
ok. if you’re not a fRieNDs fan, the above will mean nothing to you.
if you are, then you will have that tune
                     stuck in your head for the next 3 dAYs…..
                                                            and, you’re welcome.
a few years ago, my husband and father-in-law a nice table at a local thrift store for around $450. it was fruitwood, had 2 leaves, 4 chairs, and 2 captain’s chairs. our current table was old and had been “in the process” of being refinished for a few years. it was a bit wobbly too. i wanted the table, but at that time we couldn’t afford it. so the in-laws got it for me for my birthday.

the set got delivered and i vAcUUmeD it, feBrEEzeD it, pLEdgEd it and it was set. i’m not sure what happened, but over the past few years that we’ve had it, the finish on the backs of the chairs has become tacky.
         not gRApE jelly or sPiLLeD jUiCe sticky.
they just had this mysterious stickiness that
                     sometimes got worse if it was humid.

we’re in the process of re-doing our living room/dining room/kitchen
                or livi-din-itchen as i sometimes refer to it
(y’know, like how schools have cafegymatorium?)
and these chairs, i gotta tell you, are such an eYeSOre. the 1970s scalloped edge of the table is tagging along for the ride
(sorry it's upside down. i have a tendency to forget bEFoRe pictures)

3 coats of paint on the table base, it was white. fresh, clean white.
then came the fun part. wielding sandpaper and a hyped-up toddler i attacked the table. Little Man helped me to distress it. i LOVE it.

here's a shot of the chairs before:

i had to take the seats off of the chairs to paint them. and if you think the blue fLoWErY fabric was bad, wait until you see what i found underneath...

wait for it...


wait for it...

totally rad, right? yup. those are pineapples you see. even the goLDeN giRLs wouldn’t have tolerated this.

i recovered the cushions in some great heavy fabric i found on clearance at hobby lobby. i added a few more layers of quilt batting to add a little more cUsHY for the tUsHY and stapled away. then i scotchguarded the daylights out of them (i have a toddler and a husband with the dRoPsiES)


after 4 coats on the chairs look great too. after i got the seats fastened back on, i could hardly believe they were the same chairs!

the last step i need to do is coat the white with polyurethane. here’s a great tip i found in this post by Sharon @ Two Girls Being Crafty : there are 2 types of poly: one for paint and one for white paint. if you don’t use the kind made for white paint, it will yeLLoW. so i’ll be off to home depot tomorrow in search of it. then they’ll be completely done.


the finished product is exactly what i want our hOmE to fEEl like.
and do you want to know the best part? the sTiCKineSS is gone.

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Sheri said...

Wow, you did an INCREDIBLE job Andie!! Seriously, I would never ever ever know that that was the same furniture. I don't know how you find the time and energy to do everything you do. You are amazing!!

laxsupermom said...

Terrific transformation! Love the new fabric, and the furniture looks amazing painted. Thanks for sharing.

Not so many thanks for putting "Smelly Cat" in my head for the next 3 days.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Gotta wonder what the sticky was...but glad it is gone. Your chairs turned out so cute, and I love the fun fresh fabric. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Rebekah said...

They look lovely! I found you from "Making the World Cuter."

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What an awesome transformation! They look great!

Anna said...

Wow what an improvement!!! Thanks for thinking up to Weekend Warrior at Ask Anna. :)


Tiaras & Bow Ties said...

The table and chairs look sooo good in white! I even like the scallops, I like things with some pizazz!

and, Andie...thanks for your supportive comment over at

Sam @ The Junk House said...

Gorgeous! I love white paint! I doesn't even look like the same set.

Heather said...

Wow! These turned out AMAZING! you seriously are like super mom! I've been dying to get something like this in our home! Its just hard to find time for all the many projects we have to do! Thank you so much for sharing!

-Heather from

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

What a beautiful transformation! Thanks so much for linking up last week.

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