4.20.2015

Dining Room Refresh--Painting Traditional Chairs



Our dining chairs were not particularly expensive when we bought them many years ago at a used furniture store.  And I still like their simple lines.

I had been wanting to paint them to break up all the stained wood.  There was only one thing holding me back: L-A-Z-I-N-E-S-S.  But then my friend, Debbie said "I'll HELP you!" (enter angels singing).  Remember how Debbie painted her studio furniture HERE?

Since the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dealer is pretty far away, I thought I'd try General Finishes Milk paint from Artistic Home Studio in Alameda (closer to home).
  Looks like a fun place to take classes.
No turning back now.  Way more fun with company.
Covering the dark stain took three coats...with Annie Sloan it would have probably been just been two (General Finishes is about $10 less per quart).  But I really like the durability of this easy one application top coat...
 In the dining room, I can use coral accents.  

But later on, when/if I make some color changes, I will take the linen slip covers from the closet and cover the seats (and switch out the pillows on the black chairs).

We had a great brunch (very SF) on Sunday at NOPA...


 Custard French Toast – Strawberries and Honey–Black Pepper Butter
We split this four ways after I had a decadent baked egg with cream.


The nubby table runner is from Pottery Barn and Debbie made the napkins.
At least I think I burned some calories painting and setting the table!  Have a great week!

34 comments:

  1. Don't you love the instant gratification you get with paint? Your chairs look amazin,g and I love how they are brought back to life with just a little color update!

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  2. Hi Mary Ann, Love the chairs white. They will be so easy to change the seat bottom to anything or make slips like you mentioned! Brunch looked Delsih, I'm keeping notes on all your SF cool places, I visited last year with a friend and we could of used those notes from you!
    A lovely week to you!
    xo,
    Gail

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  3. Maryanne the chairs are gorgeous and I actually love the suzani upholstery. It is great to have a friend for a project like this!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  4. Love your chairs painted white. Perfect time to go light and brighter. Something about spring and summer makes me want to paint everything white too! LOL!!!

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  5. Wow, looks so fabulous! I love he chairs.....this post was like a breath of fresh air.

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  6. Hello, my sweet friend!

    You're one person that is always inspiring me! I love reading your blog and keep learning with you, Mary Ann.

    Have a Blessed week!

    xo

    Luciane from HomeBunch.com

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  7. Great makeover! The chairs look very nice and your tablescape is fabulous! I have the same PB table runner and it is so versatile. Most of all, I love your gorgeous floral centerpiece. Pretty!
    Best,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks fabulous! So refreshing. Hey, I have that same runner from PB. Love it!
    Claudia

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  9. They look amazing. You will have such flexibility!!!!
    xo
    Patty

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  10. That looks great. I've wanted to take a class on Annie Sloan paint at our local SOCO. You may have inspired me with this post, thank you.
    Karen

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  11. Did u have to apply wax? I find the wax part difficult. Your chairs look great!

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    1. No wax, Maureen, just the top coat...comes in differerent lusters from matte to semi-gloss.

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  12. Do you think that the General Finishes top coat could be used over Annie Sloan paint?

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    1. Yes, Kari...I used the General Finishes top coat after I applied another touch up layer to the top of our dressers...looks good! This is funny me sounding like an expert since I am a reluctant DIYer!

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    2. Like the old med school model: see one, do one, teach one.

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  13. Now that's a refresh - love the new look and so fun for spring…great job!!

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  14. They turned out beautifully!!! Totally worth all the effort!

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    1. Thanks everyone!!! Even Howard likes it.

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  15. God...there is nothing like a little white paint....such a game changer! The look great girl.

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  16. Such a fun change, Mary Ann! I'm in the lighten up mood for spring and summer, too and love knocking out projects with a friend!

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  17. I had the same experiences with the General Finishes paint - I loved how it went on and the depth of color but it took an extra coat to cover. Your chairs look great! Projects like that are always so much more fun with a painting buddy!

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  18. What a difference paint can make and your chairs are a great example. Good for you for getting in there and doing it. I am a horrible painter, so much so , that my hubby won't let me paint, LOL. Love the new look, very fresh and inviting!! Perfect for the upcoming Spring/summer months. Enjoy!!
    Kathysue

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  19. I LOVE SEEING OLDER PIECES PAINTED-NEW LIFE!!! LOOKS GREAT!

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  20. Love the end result! The color has opened up the space. I am a big fan of white, so of course I love what you did. :) Enjoy your "new" dining room.

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  21. It's wonderful Mary Ann! And I'm VERY impressed that you painted them inside your beautiful home just on some towels and newspaper. Great job! I have some wood pieces that I've been wanting to paint and you've inspired me. But having Debbie there had to have made it much more fun. Your table setting is beautiful and the white chairs make it feel light and fresh. Love it!

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  22. So glad you painted the chairs. It is a lot of work, but such a nice change. Funny I'm sharing painted chairs later this week.

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  23. We could all use a friend like Debbie. Love the chairs, but want to marry the custard french toast. Oh my!

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  24. I love what you have done here, Mary Ann! Just brightens up the room and give a fresh new look.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  25. You two are so good together - true friendship! The white is such a nice change and your tablescape looks oh so pretty! Makes me want to bring a touch of coral into my home for spring!

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  26. I love this look - paint and fabric are great for the dchairs. Do you mind sharing information about your upholstery fabric for the chairs? Thanks!

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  27. Your chairs look great! I'm a huge fan of mixing wood with white, well done!

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  28. This looks so beautiful Mary Ann! Can I just say I love everything you do!!

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