Saturday, March 7, 2009

Kitchen & Family Room Redesign - The Nook

To start the process of adding style and warmth to the kitchen nook roman shades have been made and hung, a drapery rod placed above the slider, with fabric on order for new drapes. A new light fixture has been installed and now the latest project is to refinish the old chairs.

These chairs were purchased several years ago and in addition to looking a bit worn, their black finish is too heavy to work well in this nook. I still like their shape, however, so it is definitely worth refinishing them with a new color, bringing the lightness of the painted cabinetry over to this corner.

Originally purchased for just $49 each, I was hesitant to completely remove the old paint. Made of molded plywood, I wondered just how much sanding the wood could take before the plywood starting coming apart! So, after treading lightly in the sanding phase I instead went heavy with the primer, applying two coats prior to the final layer of ivory paint. They now look great, even better than when they were new!

Two of the chairs are complete, with six to go. The process is actually quite easy and quick, so it won't be long until I have a 'new' set of chairs, for under $50! For endless advice and tips on refinishing just google "how to refinish furniture". Reworking pieces you may already own is a great way to freshen up a space on a budget!


  1. wow, you are brave to tackle chairs of that shape. but the finished shot looks AMAZING! i will definitely have to come back to see the finished set.

  2. The chair looks brand new. Great job on this, and thanks for sharing it.

  3. Amazing redux on the chairs! I think I would have been hesitant to try, but good on you! They look Fabulous, even better than the original!


  4. Oh my goodness, I love those chairs. Give me a holler if you ever want to get rid of them! :)

  5. nice transformation! It definitely lightens up the space.


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