Sometimes you have to break free from the "norm" and step outside the box. We don't always have to follow what everyone else is doing or how they are doing it. It's good to just let your imagine run free and have fun with a project! And that is just what I did to this cute antique Hoosier Table and chairs. When I was first approached to buy the set, one look at the color ORANGE and I about walked, no, ran the other way. BUT, something stopped me. Not sure if it were my inner "get crazy" side or what, but I knew I couldn't walk away from this set. It needed me. My first thought was to strip it all down to the bare wood and start from scratch, and then I woke up. I have not nor do I plan to ever strip down a painted chair much less 4 painted chairs. I thought and thought about a alternative. The funky orange wasn't that bad. I could actually see a young college student in a dorm or loft enjoying it, but for this girl, it would have to tone down a bit. Gray over orange was my first thought, but then I remembered I just painted that huge Dining Room Set in Paris Gray and wanted to use another color. Black?, no to Halloween. So, I do what I love to do and get inspiration from my favorite magazines such as Flea Market Style magazine and blog, or Cottage Style. I also love Better Home and Gardens. You can always find great ideas in these. This idea came from the Do it Yourself magazine which is a special publication of Better Homes and Gardens, Spring 2013 issue.
This was my inspiration....
This was my inspiration....
|Source: Better Homes and Gardens "do it yourself"|
And this is my version...
|Antique Hoosier Table and Chairs in ASCP Napoleonic Blue|
|I LOVE the color combo and the funky chic style is gives!|
Isn't it cool! In the magazine, they used an unpainted table, which left the images in bare wood and then they painted over the placed vinyl in a pretty green. So let's back up. In order to get the place setting images on the table, I traced a plate and utensils onto vinyl. I suppose you could used contact paper too. After carefully cutting them out which was quite the task, those darn fork prongs, they were oh so carefully placed in front of each chair on the orange table. Another cool thing about this table is the "pop up" leaf. When you pull the 2 ends apart a folded leave is attached and on this leaf, are 2 of the 4 settings. So you could have a table with just 2 of the settings without the leaf or 4 settings with!
Here are some pictures to help you understand the process a bit better.
|This is the table and 1 of the 4 chairs as I acquired them.|
Not so bad, but needed to chill a bit for my taste.
|I traced the biggest spoon, knife and fork I|
could find in my house. The plate is a standard size.
|After tracing them onto the vinyl, I cut them out....|
|and oh so carefully stuck them exactly where I wanted them!|
Next came the 3 coats of ASCP Napoleonic Blue. When that dried, the vinyl settings were peeled up leaving the images in orange. I distressed just around the corners and edges of the chairs and table so that the orange would blend with the orange on the table settings. Clear wax was then applied and buffed to a soft sheen!
This was a really fun project. It just goes to show you that with a little paint and imagination, the possibilities are endless.....
Thanks for stopping in. I hope were too were inspired to do something crazy or out of the norm with a project that's been on your mind lately!