Friday, November 21, 2014

Folding table and chairs- makeover

Thanksgiving is next week!  
And while I love hosting our family for this Holiday, we always need extra seating!
So I spiffed up our old folding table and chairs.

It was pretty simple.  Here's how I did it.  

This is what the chair/table set looked like before.  

I took the seats and the table top off.  Underneath, the seats were attached with screws and L brackets.  It was easy enough to remove the screws and lift off the seats.  I wiped every surface down with soapy water to prepare for painting.  

I sprayed all of the frames with spray paint.  
I tried to keep all of the coats light and even. 
 It took c cans of paint to cover all of the frames of the chairs and table.

I used  Rustoleum spray paint (amazon link) in black Semi gloss.  

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I recovered the chairs and table top.  
I somehow missed taking pictures of this step, but here's the process.

I bought about 3 yards of flannel backed plasticy-type fabric from Walmart.  
It was super inexpensive, like $3 a yard.  
I laid the fabric out and put the table top upside down on top of it.  
Then I stapled the fabric to the backer board of the chairs and table.  
Unfortunately I did this at my kitchen table and used staples that were too long.  
(Can you see where this is going?)  
Yes, I stapled the table top to my beautiful kitchen table.  (cue tears!!)
I dug the staples out (sniff, sniff), bought shorter staples and tried again.  
I pulled the fabric taught, and stapled as I went around the table top.  
It worked really well.  
Once I was done stapling the fabric, I put the recovered table top back into the table frame and screwed it back in.  
Then I repeated with each of the chairs.  

And now we have not new, but improved extra seating for Thanksgiving!  


  1. Its so pretty after a makeover! I love that color and its cover. I have an old Folding Table Legs will try this for sure. Let see what wonder does it turns out for me. Thanks for sharing. Keep exploring.


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