When Asher (who is almost 7) was still a baby, I purchased this Ikea Svala table and chairs. Needless to say, I was a bit of an over-eager new mom. So although it would be over two years before Asher showed any interest in placing his little bum in one of those chairs, you better believe I had those babies put together and ready for when that moment arrived! There they sat…unfinished wood…in the nursery…then in the playroom…collecting dust.
The years went on, Asher finally learned to sit in a small chair (wahoo), and I finally made the table and chairs part of my decor. They received a coat of red spray paint and were moved down to the main level for full-use.
The years continued, and now Asher and Zephan were old enough to sit in small chairs together! To celebrate, the table & chairs received a fresh coat of paint and bonus checkerboard functionality. I loved this table and even made some cute seat cushions to match. However, the boys soon boycotted the cushions as “girly” and showed no interest in playing checkers (or in eating cherries).
And as the years went on, all red vanished from the main level so it was time to say goodbye to the checkerboard and cherries and hello to something we all could live with. Enter…the beachy table.
Today I sanded the chairs and table down with my palm sander just enough to rough up the poly and then I painted the chairs with my free can of Glidden paint in Wood Smoke.
For the table, I painted it mostly with Wood Smoke and then dry brushed on some Folk Art acrylic paint in Sky Blue while the Wood Smoke was still wet. Once dry, I distressed it a bit so that some of the black underneath would shine through. I love the way it turned out!
The message board on the wall is a Marshall’s find that I had originally picked up for my craft room. I think it looks fantastic down here and is the perfect place to display the kids’ artwork. The bucket on the table was purchased at Gabriel Brothers and hides crayons, markers, glue, and pencils.
The best part about this redo is that the boys are loving the changes and are still small enough to sit here! And yes, I’ll admit it. I might shed a few tears on the day they no longer care to sit here.
Sniff. Sniff. They grow up so fast. Now go hug your babies, or grandbabies, or stranger’s babies (okay…maybe not a stranger’s babies) before they’re too big to sit at the kids’ table!
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