You know what’s a huge bummer? Not having an IKEA close by. Our closest IKEA is 3.5 hours away. Terrible, right?! I’ve been wanting a toddler table and chair set for awhile now that Jade is finally at the age where she’s interested in coloring. I know IKEA has an adorable toddler table and chair set for pretty cheap, but we had no plans of making the trip anytime soon. Besides, getting there would be more expensive in gas than the cost of the actual table and chairs! Boo.
We’ve had an old black IKEA side table in our garage for awhile, and it was the perfect height for Jade. I found a couple of mismatched toddler chairs at the Goodwill which fit under the side table just perfectly. While the perfectionist inside of me was screaming to have matching chairs, my frequenting of the Goodwill and all Facebook swap-and-sell pages came up with nothing. So, for my sake (because Jade could really care less), I wanted to paint them in a way to make them look more cohesive.
Here’s a before shot of the mismatched chairs and table:
Ahhh, it wasn’t pretty folks. The white chair had a huge spiderman sticker on the seat and red paint splattered about, and the other chair was a mix of super bright colors. Not my style. This toddler table makeover was much needed!
If you have kiddos, you know they will try to color everywhere BUT the paper, and miss Jade is totally guilty. So, because I knew this table would be colored on the instant I painted it, I decided to go with a semi-gloss paint from Behr that could easily be cleaned. (Just a side note, the glossier the paint is, the easier it is to clean and wipe off. A total necessity with a toddler around!)
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this picture of the paint as I eagerly got started on this project over the weekend.
Instead of sanding the table and chairs down to bare bones (because I definitely don’t have time for that!), I bought Behr’s Paint and Primer in one. I only lightly sanded them all and wiped them down. No offense to Mr. Spiderman, but I didn’t want him showing through so I sanded it off completely.
For paint colors, I chose Behr’s Dark Pewter. I wanted the table and chairs to be a neutral color that would go with our living/dining room colors since that’s the only place they’ll fit. To tie the mismatched chairs and table together, I painted the edge around the table and the edges of the chair seats the same mint color I used in Jade’s room (Behr’s “Mint Frappe”).
I wanted to add a “girly” element to the table, and when I read about this awesome gold foil washi tape that Bre from Brepurposed had used on a table she redid, I knew I just had to use it on this set, too! Thanks for the inspiration, Bre!
This stuff was incredibly easy to use. SO much easier than painting a strip of gold. Just peel off the paper backing and stick it where you want it. It might not be exactly centered in the middle of the edges, but it’s close enough. 😉
I’m totally in love with how it turned out, and it’s perfect for this little space! The mint sides and gold tape really tie everything together. I’m now only slightly annoyed that the chairs don’t match. It’s a step up!
We’ll see how long it actually lasts, but at least for now it’s pretty! And, when we have another kiddo in the future and if it’s a boy, we can just peel the “sticker” off and it’ll be more boyish.
I hope you have a great Wednesday, friends!
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