Aaaaaaand Project #5.

So around four years ago, I found this chunky little table-and-chairs combo at a thrift store in Madison, Wisconsin.

It was already cheap, and, on top of that, marked down 30%, so I think I paid around $24 for the set. I had my antique booth at the time and the intention was always to refinish it and resell it at the booth. I never got around to it, then got pregnant, then gave up the booth, but through it all, the little table and chairs set was sitting out in the garage. Because I am a hoarder.

But I knew it would come in handy before long.

With the twins’ recent love of sitting in chairs, I decided it was time to whip this sucker into shape. I started it at the same time I started all the other projects, so I was trying to use only the paint and supplies I had on hand. Luckily, I had primer and a good shade of blue that would match the nursery, where the set would reside. I didn’t sand it or anything — welcome to the era of “Good Enough Projects,” bastard son of “Good Enough Parenting.” I can see the flaws, but I bet the babies won’t.

I did buy some chalkboard paint, because of course I had to do the top in chalkboard paint, duh, because, you know, ALL the cool kids are doing it. Besides, it just seems like good parental judgement to teach the kiddies that it’s perfectly okay to draw on every table surface. Oh, wait.

The hardest thing to find was the fabric for the seats. Since I was painting it blue, I wanted something feminine for the seats. I looked everywhere for something appropriate but came up empty handed. Enter Fabricworm (discovered via The PaperMama), where I spent a happy hour looking through every option they offered. I ordered a yard of the Walk in the Woods Whisper and love it — but it was just too much pink. So decided on the Forest Life pattern and am thrilled with it.

The little deer kills me a little bit.

I think I have some happy customers, judging from the fight over one of the chairs.

Um, babies? There are two chairs. 

The giddy dance stamp of approval from the Little Miss.

Blurry picture but not so blurry that you can’t see the smile!

Of course, they can’t have chalk, yet, considering that today they tried to eat a candle. But soon, babies! Soon!

Shannon - March 20, 2012 - 4:55 pm

That table is AWESOME! The kids are pretty cute too 😉

Janie Hightower - March 22, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Man, that paint job looks great! It looks new. I just love it, and love the fabric, too.

[…] Lara Jo thrifted this set 4 years ago at a thrift store in Madison, Wisconson (whaddup, Wisconsinnnn!) for around 20 bucks. Originally intended to fix up and resell in her antique booth, it ended up sitting around in her garage (hello, been there, done that!) until, guess what? She had two babies so she decided it was time to “whip this sucker into shape” as she says on her blog. Didn’t she do a killer job??! The set was cute before, but a little dated and maybe not in the good way. I love the fresh, bright white with the chalkboard top and the adorable Michael Miller fabric. Read more about this project on her baby blog, Zero to Twins. […]

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