I love Flea Market season but I have a terrible issue with being completely indecisive when it comes to shopping. I am more likely to leave a bargain because I hate to impute shop, so I always go with a list. A few months ago I decided that I wanted a a children’s table and chair set, that the girls could use for tea parties and colouring. It had to be wood but I also wanted it to have a little charm and vintage appeal so that it would be pretty to look at (no other reason, lol). I did see a few on the buy and sells that were plastic, a couple generic looking ones, Ikea sells a set that was functional and affordable but I had my heart set on something that could be a bit feminine and have some character. So I waited and out the word out to my favourite antique dealers, in case they came across something.
On our big flea market trip I came across this gem! Checking it over for cracks or if it needed repairs, I realized it was perfection in the wrong shade of red! I also knew that all it needed was a little soap and some paint. $45 later I had the coveted item and my daughter’s birthday present in hand (killing two birds with one stone!). I could not wait to see the before and after on something like this!
The first problem was on our hands within minutes, the red paint had a thick red wax covering the chairs and legs. Once home I used my environmentally safe TSP solution and scrubbed a few times (after the girls went to bed so that they never saw). Once I was satisfied that that wax was removed, we sanded a little bit. I was still concerned about that red paint leaking through the paint and decided to try Krylon’s spray primer. I had enough for all three chairs and the tables legs but not the table top (should have bought two cans!), so the table top received a coat of regular paint primer I had on hand.
For the colour I wanted to try Krylon’s spray Chalky Finish . I wanted the colours to be soft and muted and quick and easy to apply. This seemed to fit the bill! The trick to all this painting was doing it late in the evening after the girls had gone to bed…and once dry we would drag it back into the dining room and cover under blankets.
I finished the pieces with a spray sealant that I was very happy with! No yellowing even after a few weeks! The end result was exactly what I wanted! No glaring red was peaking through the paint, the paint covered everything evenly and thickly. Not a hint of shine anywhere! Simple soft colours and an even finish. The only downside? Despite softly sanding between coats there is a slight texture on the table top and chair bottoms and it gives the slightest shadow, in good light you can see there isn’t any issue. This was also a chalky finish and I suspect that was the problem.
I think I received more joy form watching my girls have their tea party in the back garden! They are pretty pleased to have their own spot to colour, have tea parties and dinners with their dolls and to simply sit and read a book. I love that it looks pretty, is sturdy and will be well used!