I’m not big on store bought art for my walls. If I do purchase something, I like for it to come from a person and not a machine–or at least have some meaning if it comes from a machine. We have bought art while on anniversary trips and family vacations that we treat as souvenirs. Some of my favorite art on my walls came from my mom’s camera–I sent her out with some 35mm film (back in the days before digital!) and I printed it in black and white. She came back with photos from a barn near the house I grew up in–you can see those in this DIY wall art post. This time I’m the one who is creating the art and it’s going in the kids’ bathroom.
Being the pack rat that I am, I already had this canvas sitting waiting just for this moment. It was just under 20×24, so I drew 4″ squares–6 across and 5 down. Read More…
Holy guacamole was the kids’ bathroom project ever going to get started??!! The creative juices were running dry for this one…and the motivation wasn’t exactly flowing either. But it is at least a good jump toward finished now. You may recall (or you may not, it hasn’t exactly been that recent) that the kids’ bathroom was not on my radar. It is a room that I consider finished, and with so many other projects that are screaming to be completed after 11+ years in this house, I was not interested in redoing one that was already complete.
And then this happened:
We built the bathroom in anticipation of kids needing to brush their teeth or dry their hair while another was showering. It is two rooms–you enter into the one with the sink and go through another door back into the porcelain throne and tub/shower room. The problem is that it is an interior room (no windows) and it is small, and my boys like to take very hot and very long showers. Water-running-down-the-walls-from-condensation kind of showers. Mold really likes those kind.
Hence, the bathroom moved to the very top of a list that it had previously not even been on. And since I was going to paint anyway, it might as well be updated all around. Especially because my boys are growing up fast and the decor was probably not keeping up really well:
The table and chairs are finished!!! (maybe) I am so excited!!! (well I was for around 24 hours). Remember what they looked like before:
And the top was very worn:
And now, drumroll please…………….
Ideally I would have loved a dark brown stained piece for this area, but I didn’t want to deal with all that came with staining this particular table. It does go well with the kitchen area because we have a black fireplace insert right next to this table and my kitchen countertops are black as well. Overall I am very satisfied with the results!
I was worried that the top of the table was so worn that I wouldn’t be able to get it smooth again, but thanks to my sanding friend:
Here’s a better shot of the smooth, shiny top:
General Finishes recommends being careful with the furniture until the topcoat has a chance to achieve maximum hardness at 14 days. I plan to do just that.
**UPDATE AFTER ONE YEAR OF WEAR AND TEAR**
If I were to do this over, I would probably clean the top of the table with some TSP or other grease removing cleaner. And I would probably use a primer, but just on the table top. I’ve got a few spots that have lifted up when a glass is sitting with condensation pooling around it for a few hours (I’ve said that we are not careful with this table!!). If you use protection for your table, like placemats/tablecloth and you don’t leave glasses dripping on it the entire day, you probably don’t need to take the extra measures. But overall I am still in love with the results from all the work and I would definitely do it over again!
Now, remember that “maybe” in the title?? If you have read the other posts in this series (which you can do–and I recommend you do if you want to learn more about the products and the process I used– if you click on the “Painting the dining room table” category on the right sidebar) you know that I did not paint the bottom of the table because nobody would see it. Well, I got to enjoy that wonderful, incorrect thought for less than 24 hours after I finished the last application of topcoat. I walked up the stairs from our basement and saw this:
Now I had my contacts in, so the view was in focus, unlike this picture. But I refuse to retake this shot. I. don’t. want. to. paint. the. bottom. of. the. table.
I think I’m going to end up painting the bottom of the table.
Would love to hear what you would do in my situation–paint or don’t paint??? Once the chair is in its spot, it isn’t as noticeable. My Man doesn’t think I need to worry about it. What about you? What do you think?
1) Sand the shine down on all pieces you are going to paint. Took about 20 minutes per chair.
2) Used 3 coats of General Finishes milk paint in Lamp Black.
3) Sand lightly with 320 grit.
4) Topcoat with General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat in Satin. Five coats on chairs. Five coats on table legs and sides. Eight coats on top of table. I did not sand between ALL coats of the topcoat as recommended. Some of them I did though. Used 320 grit sandpaper.
5) Need 14 days before the topcoat achieves maximum hardness, so be gentle until then.
**Don’t forget that if you want to learn about the products and process I used for this DIY project, click on the category in the right sidebar titled “Painting the dining room table”. That will bring up all the posts for this series.
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