October 23, 2014

dining room chairs refresh

Recently, I decided it was time to do something about our dining room chairs. I had intended to paint them months ago and it just hadn't happened yet. I had purchased them at a thrift store at 50% off, so although they weren't my favorite finish, they were too good to pass up. The above photo was taken a few months ago, and you can kind of see the lovely faux finish. 

The funny thing was that we also had this tray table tucked in the corner with a similar finish! I decided to tackle both projects at once. It's from Pier 1 many years ago, and we call it our "orchid table" because it's typically drowning in orchids. (I'm not exaggerating - my husband loves orchids and can't bear to part with any, in case they decide to bloom someday. :)) Matte black was the treatment this table received. I'm sorry to not have an 'after' photo to share just yet, as it was pulled immediately into the Christmas wonderland of my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge shoot -- more on that soon! Back to the chairs...

Everything was moved out to the deck for a day o' painting. Please note that it was approximately 150 degrees on our deck on this particular day. Okay, maybe 95…but hot. However, I was determined and not going to let a little sweat and scorching sun slow me down. After a light sanding, they were sprayed. (Also, if you don't have one of these and plan to do any spray painting at all, please go out and get one! One of the best $3 purchases you can make. Seriously saves your hand from cramping and twitching and discomfort!)

I knew I wanted a cobalt-ish shade… and this gloss navy fit the bill. Something classic enough, but just a tad unexpected. Blue is basically a neutral for me - I use it all the time. I knew it would go well with everything in our home currently and down the road. It just works. Also, I couldn't bring another brown or black tone into the room -- between the floor, huge banquette, wood console table…I was craving color! 

I LOVE how they turned out. Love, love, love. This photo represents a very 'in progress' shot - I was playing around with art and accessories - but you can see how the chairs look with the main pieces. And, that "tablecloth" is actually a bedskirt I picked up at a thrift store! A couple of safety pins strategically placed, and we have a lovely skirted table. :) It feels so great to finally have the chairs painted!!

If you're interested in working together to make your home a place you love, please contact me for 
more information at katiegaviganinteriors@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!


  1. I've been blog hopping for the past half an hour and I was so happy to stumble across your blog. What a fabulous redo. I am in love with the new life you've given those chairs. That pretty blue gave the room a whole new vibe. Also, I have to say, I love the way you decorate and your idea about using a bed skirt for a tablecloth was genius. I'm going to have to try that. I can't wait to see what you do with your tray table. Have a great weekend... :)

  2. You know how much I've been crushing on blue, so of course I love this makeover! Oh and I can't live without my spray grip. A must have for someone like me!!:)

  3. those look fantastic...the perfect color!


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