Updating a Child’s Table and Chairs

With my granddaughters coming for a couple of months, I wanted to get them set with a tiny table and chairs, just their size.  Instead of investing in an expensive set, I was fortunate to buy a rather sad set for $15, so it was time for updating a child’s table and chairs for my little princesses.

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Before' child's table and chairsThis is a pretty sad looking set of table and chairs, isn’t it?  The good news is that it was all pretty sturdy.  The only thing that needed to be done hardware wise, was to tighten up some of the bolts under the table.  After tightening up, the table and the chairs are all very sturdy.

Before of child's tableThis was such a sad little table.  It had been painted a couple of times and then had been covered with contact paper.  The sticky black back from the contact paper was quite a challenge.  Reworking a child's table and chairsMy advice if you are working with a similar situation is to try and peel off as much of the contact paper as you can and then try and scrape off as much of the stickiness as you can before resorting to sanding.Sanding a child's table.I didn’t think about peeling that gunk off or I wouldn’t have wasted as much sandpaper as I did when I began.

Sanding a children's tableI sanded the table so well, way more than I probably needed to, but I wanted to make sure I would get a really nice finish on the table.  The chairs got the same treatment.

Painting a child's tableSetting the table upside down on sawhorses outside to get it painted.  I started with a primer and then painted the trim under the edge red, the legs blue and the tabletop white.

Updating a Child's Table and ChairsThis set looks just perfect in the girls’ nautical themed nursery.  They have been using it as a place for coloring, playing Duplos and all kinds of other play.  Yes, if you noticed, it is missing one chair.  By the time the girls arrived I only had 3 of the 4 chairs finished, so I will finish the last one later this summer after they depart.  I am sure glad to have purchased this child’s table and chairs set for just $15, and no one would know better from looking at it!

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  1. Wow! What a transformation! You did a terrific job of updating this set. The sanding must have been an enormous task. This set will probably be a part of your grandchildren’s lives for years to come. Just beautiful! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. Oh… It turned out so adorable! Your new transformation is amazing. I always set up a children’s table for holiday’s or my parties, but have never blogged about it. I am going to do one soon.

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