My $6 Kitchen Table and Chairs; Spray painted furniture from Odd to Mod

We needed a dinette set for our new place, since the dining room in our last place doubled as my craft space and now that table is fully dedicated to clay, paint, stamping... messiness! I kept my eyes peeled for a couple of weeks while we were busy painting the various rooms. I wound up with 4 chairs for $0.25 each, and a $5 table. Yep, that would be $6. Total. For a table and chairs. Here is the finished project. Unfortunately, my camera was dead when I got to work on the table, so no before pics of it. I have pics of the chair and a full tutorial...


I washed the chairs with soap and water. They were pretty icky.
I made sure they were dry and free of dust and other debris.
Next, I primed the legs with rustoleum primer for metal, and for the bucket seats, I used valspar primer in a gallon can that I found in my garage (painted on with a 1 inch paint brush).

I let the primer dry as per can instructions, and sprayed the legs with Krylon brushed metallic nickle spray paint. I love this paint. It is so easy to use, my fingers don't get those blisters from spraying, coverage is awesome, short dry time. They aren't paying me to say that. Not that I would object if they wanted too, I am just saying.
It was at this point that my genius husband realized that freeing 4 screws from each chair is all it would take for the legs and seat to be separated (after I had taped off two of the leg sets in preparation to primer the seats; ok, not to smart, but you can bet I won't make that mistake again. The first thing I did with the table is take the legs of since I knew I wanted them a different color than the top; See, I learn)! This project became much simpler after the legs and bucket seat were no longer attached.
I sprayed the chairs front and back with Ocean Breeze Krylon Outdoor after the primer dried.
Next I painted them with a mix of blues and yellows from my acrylic paint selection that I made to a green of my liking, using a 1 inch paint brush. I painted just the front, leaving the backs blue for a two tone effect. I took sand paper to the edges once the green dried, to reveal the blue underneath, giving a distressed effect. Once that was all dry, I applied minwax polycrylic for shine and protection. I did 2 coats of polycrylic, allowing dry time between each.


I am loving the look. I found the place mats at Wal-Mart and couldn't resist because they matched so perfectly. They almost cost as much as the table and chairs together. Ha. The vase comes from the most awesome yard sale I have ever had the privilege of attending. You will be seeing more projects from that treasure hunt!
What have you done with thrifty furniture? I would love for you to share your ideas, questions, or comments!

We broke in the new kitchen get up with a wonderful homemade lasagna shared between my husband, step daughter Jenni, and her dorm roommate and best friend Abbey. Making memories frugal style!
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