Mr. V. has a GINORMOUS family.
Did I ever tell you that? They are wonderful, fun people, but there are A LOT of them. So when it's time to get together, logistically creating enough space for 20+ people to sit for a meal can be a daunting task.
This year we're up to bat in the rotation for Christmas, so it's time to start space planning
(Yes. In July. Don't judge me.)
Last year we found my favorite table ever.
Blue booster seat sold separately ;)
We got 6 chairs,and I've been wanting to find 2 captains chairs to add on the ends for contrast.
I also didn't want 2 more of the same chairs. That would be fine, but I wanted a mix of texture and colors for some depth.
AND, I didn't really want to spend more than $100 per chair, on chairs I'd realistically only be using once or twice a year.
I found my solution on craigslist for $50 for the pair - these bad boys are from Pier 1 Imports, and as of a month ago were still selling in the stores for $145 each.
They are sturdy, the right size, in great condition and were exactly the shape and texture I was looking for.
I just wasn't crazy about the, um... LOVELY "salsa"-orangey color.By now, you know that's not really a deterrent for me. :)
(I bought the chairs in perfect condition - the white spots are because I got excited to get started and only remembered to take "before" pictures after I'd gotten a little trigger happy with the primer :) )
I gave them two good coats of white primer.
Normally, since I chose a gray for the paint color, I'd have chosen gray primer, too. However I know that over time the wicker may get nicks here and there in it that I may choose not to touch up, giving the chairs a little beach-worn look. In that case, I want the color showing through to be white... not another gray or the orange.
Next up came a few coats of Rust-Oleum's Granite. If you're spraypainting wicker, plan to use more paint than you would on something that's flat wood; the uneven texture creates all kinds of crevasses that you have to get into, and the fibers soak up paint like it's their JOB, so you have to use a lot to get a nice-looking, even coat.
When I was done painting, I sanded the legs down and restained them Minwax's Dark Walnut.
We'll just bring them up when needed for large parties.
I'm in love!
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