Carissa from Carissa Miss mimicked one of her favourite dining room designs from a magazine with Simplicity and Bliss. It really brightens up the room!
Carissa again here. One of my favorite things to share on my blog is how I DIY design. When I see something awesome the first thing I do is think how I can recreate my own version for much less. That's exactly what happened when my friend Brittney showed me this Better Homes and Garden Cottage feature she pinned on Pinterest:
Sure you could hunt around for chairs that color, but I knew it was by far easier to just work with what we had. In fact, we didn't even have to hunt a similar table down, Brittney already had one sitting in her dining room! Here's how it looked:
And here's the after:
You can see that we were able to match the color on the chairs almost exactly with Country Chic's Bliss.
Before we even painted, Brittney hacked off the knobs and sanded them down.
Although chalk-based paint often doesn't require a primer, I knew that I had 6 chairs to paint with just one quart of paint and I wanted to make sure I had enough for them all. So, I primed them with my favorite Kilz primer and then a couple coats of Bliss later I had these beautiful chairs.
Doesn't it look so good!? The table is three coats of Simplicity and then sealed with three coats Tough Coat for protection against water, food, and all the other multi-purpose uses for a kitchen table!
I'd say the entire project was about 12 hours of work, although it stretched across two months of time. My tips for you when doing a dining or kitchen table is to set aside a couple hours to get the main table done and just do it. It's really hard to go without a kitchen table with kids at my house! Then, take a chair or two at a time, depending on how many you need. I did the chairs two at a time so that Brittney always had enough chairs for her family. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the table has TWO leaves that I also finished so her table can comfortably seat eight!
I'm Carissa from Carissa Miss. I love all things DIY, especially trying to make my own versions of pricey designer items. Like my DIY farmhouse table, this Ikea RAST hack, or these vertical stripe curtains. I love working with e-design clients to transform a space from blah to wow! Here's a gallery of some of the inspiration boards I've created.