* RECLAIM provided me with paint and sealer, but all opinions are 100% my own. *
One thing I knew I wanted for our porch was a dining table that was big enough to comfortably seat eight. I started looking on Craigslist over a year ago, long before construction had even begun on the porch. This was at the top of the porch wish list and I was on a mission. Week after week I searched with no luck in finding a dining set in the condition, style or price that I was hoping for.
I had just about given up my search, until one early lazy Saturday morning I decided to take another peek on Craigslist. To my delight, there it was, a newly listed beautiful vintage Ethan Allen table with eight matching chairs at a price that was just too good to be true. So, I of course e-mailed the seller right away and was so relieved that they quickly responded letting me know it was still available. I immediately replied to set up a time to meet! I knew I would need my husbands help loading all of the pieces into my car so I ran upstairs, with a cup of coffee in hand to help wake him up and talking a million miles a minute about the most amazing table and chair set I just found. I told him how how it was only $500 for the entire set and it was Ethan Allen and the seller lived close by and how I searched for over a year and how much I loved it. Well, you get the idea, I was pretty darn excited! Between the coffee and all of my talking there was no way he could go back to sleep, so after a quick teeth brushing and throwing on a baseball hat off we went.
My husband was not so sure about the purchase at first, after all the porch was not even built yet, but after two trips and unloading all of the pieces into the garage he agreed it was a really great find. The chairs were in absolutely perfect condition and the table was real wood and very sturdy. The table top did have some marks and quite a few scratches, but nothing a little paint couldn’t fix and I knew the perfect paint to use for this project, my go to, RECLAIM!
As the porch progress started moving along I knew I needed to get started on the table. However, with all of the construction going on and the kids out of school for the summer, my house was a mess, life was hectic and I was feeling completely unmotivated to start a new project. That is until I received the most wonderful e-mail from RECLAIM. I have written about several furniture painting projects on my blog using their products and that’s how they found me. They asked if had any upcoming projects and also to tell me about one of their new products. I was thrilled to learn that RECLAIM now makes a Multi-Purpose Indoor/Outdoor Sealer and the timing could not have been better. This was seriously the most perfect product for my table and chairs which will be outdoors on our porch year round. You can read all about the sealer HERE.
Here’s what the table looked like before. The minute the roof went up we couldn’t wait to bring the table out on the porch to see how it looked, but we never brought it back inside. Between the heat and moisture the varnish started peeling off and we ended up making the table top worse.
To prep the table I followed the instructions on the RECLAIM website. Before using their products be sure to read all of the how to’s and faq’s on their website. I am usually one to skip this part out of laziness, but they really share lots of great information and tips. I started by cleaning the entire table with Simple Green and I also wiped it down with vinegar to remove any furniture polish. I then lightly sanded the areas where the varnish had started to peel.
After the table was prepped I gathered my supplies and got busy painting. Depending on how much paint you apply you can create either a smooth or slightly textured finish. I am not a professional furniture painter, but I love that I can get professional looking results with this paint and it is so easy to apply!
I had originally planned to just paint the top, but then thought it would look better to paint the entire table.
I love the look of black distressed painted furniture. I am so happy with how this furniture project turned out.
Here you can see a bit of the texture on the table top.
Next, I applied the sealer. RECLAIM paint is super easy to use, however, I have to admit I was having a little trouble with the sealer. Instead of drying clear it had dried a bit cloudy. I doubt I would have even noticed if I had chosen a lighter paint color. I was not sure how to fix the cloudiness so I contacted the company and they were super helpful and provided me with some great tips. I realized the mistakes I was making were I was using too thick of a roller and I was applying too much sealer, you only have to use a tiny amount. One 16 oz jar covers 1000 sq feet, so a little goes a long way. I have noticed that as the sealer has cured over the past few weeks the cloudiness is barely noticeable.
To protect the chairs from the weather and keep them looking great, they also each got a coat of the sealer.
I hated to cover up the pretty rush seats, but these chair cushions tied the look of the table and chairs together nicely and they added a little comfort too. Now I just need to order two more cushions for the additional pair of chairs that are stashed in the garage.
Now for the really fun part, my very first giveaway, yay! One lucky reader of The Endearing Home blog will win a RECLAIM Cabinets, Furniture and More Makeover Kit (see photo below)! The winner can pick the color of their choice, click HERE to see color options.
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** A HUGE thank you to RECLAIM Beyond Paint for providing the giveaway and for the paint and sealer for my project!**