How To Refinish a Table, Chairs, & Fabric Seat Covers
This project is sponsored by Eclectic, however, the thoughts & opinions are always my own. I only share products & companies I absolutely love with yall!
What can’t you do with paint yall?
It is the quickest & most budget savvy update on the planet & it makes a big impact!
The only problem is you usually need different kinds of paint to work on different kinds of surfaces… until now!
I have had my heart set on re-re-re (yes 3 times) doing this kitchen table & chairs set ever since my sneaky toddler got a hold of black craft paint & decided it was his turn to try & DIY. That will teach me to hide in the pantry for 15 seconds & to eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup without sharing.
Needless to say the black paint did not come off without a fight & definitely took some of the previous paint layers with it. The fabric seat covers sadly did not survive either but it was time for a change anyways!
To refinish the tabletop, base, chairs, & new fabric seat covers I thought I would have to get multiple finishes & types of paint until I found Eclectic’s Unicorn Spit paint!
It can be a paint, stain, or gel on multiple surfaces including fabric!
- Unicorn Spit Paint
- Paper Towel
- Sander (120 grit & 220 grit)
- Fabric or Fabric Seat Covers
- E-600 FabriFuse
- E-600 Spray Adhesive
- Painters Tape
Faux Wood Tabletop & Chairs
- First, I did what I should have done two re-re do’s ago… sanding! I have skipped this part in the past because I was a less knowledgeable DIY-er & also because it kinda stinks. But it’s extremely important for creating lasting coverage on your pieces. Started by using 120 grit to take off the multiple paint layers of past redo’s.
After you get to the base of the piece finish it off with a smooth grit sanding pad, 220 grit is my goto.
TIP: Buy an electric sander unless you want muscles like Popeye the Sailor
- Use a dry cloth to remove all debris & clean the surface.
- Depending on what look you are trying to achieve, you can either go ahead & jump right in or you can apply a primer layer like I am doing.
- Next, I painted the base of the table with Eclectic’s White Ning paint.
- After the primer is dry it’s time to start on the fun part! I really wanted a faux weather wood look for the top so I started by dry brushing Eclectic’s Rustic Reality on first.
Dry brushing just means I wipe the majority of the paint off with a paper towel
- Once you are happy with the first color layer move onto the next lightest color. My next color was Squirrel.
This portion of DIY is less science & more art. You can go back & forth between colors & use different variations of brush “wetness.” You can also dilute the paint with 0-10% water for different opaqueness.
- For the last layer I used Squirrel, Weathered Daydream, & Midnight’s Blackness mixed together.
I used a clean dry rag to apply it to the entire surface.
Sealing The Tabletop:
Famowood Glaze Coat
- Once the paint is dry, seal it with Famowood Glaze Coat from Eclectic. Mix equal parts of A & B together before pouring.
- Next, I poured the mixture over the tabletop & smoothed with a metal scraper. Be sure to have the floor protected because the excess will run over the sides.
- I used a foam brush to coat the edges of the table also.
- Step one of the chair extravaganza is removing the fabric from the cushions. Lucky for me I didn’t do a great job of attaching them the first time. So I simply removed the staples with a flat head screwdriver & pliers.
- After the fabric was removed it was time to pick something fresh & new for the chairs. Honestly I cheated & bought plain fabric chair covers off of Amazon. If you want to make your own with regular fabric though feel free!
If you want the fabric to be permanently bonded to the seat use E-600 Spray Adhesive. My seat covers are washable though & I like the idea of being able to get rid of any “sticky” toddler situations with simple removal. I might change my mind later though i’ll keep you posted!
- After I had the cover securely over the cushions it was time to add my own personal touch to them. I outlined lines using painters tape & a straightedge to make sure all the lines would be uniform.
- Next, I mixed 1 part of White Ning with 5 parts E-600 & used a brush to apply it throughout the lines.
It may take a couple of coats after you let it dry.
- I also added two lines of Weathered Daydream to each side. The paint needs to dry for about 5 hours but is washable after that!
Chair Base/Attaching The Cushions
- For the chair base I used undiluted White Ning. I reattached the cushions to the base using the bolts that originally attached them together. You could also use a strong adhesive staple the fabric ends to the chair base itself.
Y’all this turned out even better than I imagined!
I love how rich the colors of the Unicorn Spit are & that I was able to mix different color combinations for the perfect faux wood look!
The painted fabric feels a lot softer than I was expecting & added a little something extra to the seat covers.
Let me know what you think of my color choices for my re re re redone table & chairs!