It all started with me spotting these two pressback chairs by the side of the road. Somehow my van slowed down (not sure how that happened?!), did a U-turn (it was legal and safe… don’t worry mom…) back tracked and opened it’s hatch. Well, by that point what was I to do? Leave those chairs there for someone else to find? Of course they landed in the back of the van and eventually in our garage. The best part was, when I told my husband, Caleb, about them, he said he had spotted them earlier and let them be. Whaaat????
Pressback chairs are my preferred style of seating. I just love the pretty details on them. They look beautiful in stained wood, but when they are painted it really highlights their details. These two chairs are not antiques, they are newer reproductions. Because they are newer, they are also larger and more substantial, which I thought would be perfect for the ends of my table.
I ended up painting them with Fusion Mineral paint in Casement. It’s a really pretty light grey color. I sealed them with wax. If you are painting dining chairs, polyacrylic is really a better choice, but we don’t use this table on a regular basis, so the wax should hold up fine, and it really is a nicer looking finish. Honestly the pros and cons of each option could be a whole post on its own.
“Tea Party Time”
My boys and I had fun setting the table up all fancy for what they called a tea party. Only one teacup got broke in the process and it wasn’t even their fault. They were seriously so hungry for a muffin the whole time! Luke, the youngest, filled up their plastic paw patrol cups with water, too, for me, though they didn’t make it into these photos 🙂 I love how they called it a tea party, when there were no teacups put out, and we didn’t have any tea!
We even got out the “good silver”. Micah, my oldest was so curious about, wanting to know exactly what each piece was for. He has a very inquisitive mind.
So, the chairs at the head and foot are the ones that just got a makeover. The middle chairs are painted white. There is a little bit more contrast between the two colours in person, than in the photos.
So, did the boys enjoy their tea party? Well, they certainly enjoyed their muffins! Luke is 4 years old and in his own words, he is always hungry! That kid is always thinking about food 🙂
And if you’re curious, here is what it all looks like on a daily basis.
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