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  1. I really liked this! I have a question for you. I have a kitchen set from my parents that I want to paint. It’s two benches and a table, all kind of country-ish in design. I am thinking of painting it lime or chartreuse to make it a little more modern. My question is, the table top is made of individual planks so dirt and grime can get stuck down in there. I would like to “even” out the surface a little more before I paint it. Any suggestions? I’m not sure I want to completely fill in all the crevices, but at least make it harder for food crumbs to get down in there. I can send you a photo if you need to see it. Thanks!

    • I think you could fill in the crevices with wood putty/filler stuff and still keep the appearance of the planks. Good luck!

  2. I also have an old set of windsor chairs that I would love to paint this way. Great idea! Question – what does the table look like? Do you have a picture of the table and chairs all together?

  3. I have the exact same dining set! I’ve been looking for over a year for a way to change it up, you have inspired me! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I think this dining set is common so it’s been fun to find a way to make it very unique and all mine!

  4. I really love the colors you chose, so fresh, bright and appealing. I really like the ‘weathered’ look and I hope I can create something like that for my homw.

    • Spray paint is okay but I never have as much luck with it. It’s hard to avoid drips and to get even coverage. It’s also tricky because there are so many angles you can’t quite reach so there will be spots that don’t really get painted. Also you don’t have as wide variety of colors, and since I did mine in an ombre scheme, I needed to do regular latex paint. But it is faster!

  5. Your chairs look amazing!
    I have nearly the same Windsor chairs and I’m aiming for the same amount of distressing as you did. However, my chairs are going to be black.

    My question is this: does the brush on polyurethane that you used mask any inadvertent paint brush strokes? I have a couple spots where the spindles join the chair that have some brush strokes. My chair being black, it’s all the more obvious. Not looking for showroom perfection, just curious before I go purchase the Minwax.

    Also, if I choose a Minwax product with an amber tone, will that warm up the black or does that only work on lighter paint?

    Thanks for any advice you might have!

    • I think polyurethane on black won’t have much of an effect on the color. However I actually just today repainted these very chairs since they’d taken a beating from my kids. And this time I’m going to spray them with a polycrylic spray and see how that works. My polyurethane brushed on was very hard to prevent brush strokes and drips. I would probably recommend a spray or a wipe-on.

  6. Hi! I love these colors and your distressing is wonderful! I’m in the process of repainting my Windsor chairs, right now they are just plain oak. I painted one a few days ago with a chalk paint, ( first time I’ve painted furniture), two coats of it, followed by two coats of minwax wipe on poly.
    I noticed tonight that when I barely ran my fingernail across the chair the paint chipped off. I’m not sure if this is the paint or poly not right but it needs to be more durable. I have 4 rowdy kids!
    So..
    I’m wondering if I should maybe just do the next chair in just the regular Glidden paint I got? And try polycrilic?
    I don’t have any primer , just my sander and some liquid deglosser. It doesn’t look like you primed yours first though?
    As crazy as it sounds its a pain for me to run to the store and get primer if I don’t need to. I live 35 miles from “town”;)
    Thanks for any advice!!

    • I would give the paint a week or so to really cure before trying to scratch it. It might just take some time to adhere. However usually the reason that paint chips off is because the surface it is on is far too slick. And if it was a commercially sealed chair, they use some serious laquer on those. I know that people always say you can just paint straight on with chalk paint but it is always more of a gamble to not rough up the surface first. I just repainted these very chairs with Annie Sloan chalk paint and mine are holding up really well, even with painting straight over polyurethane. I would maybe put on a few more coats of poly. Latex paint will still scratch off if the surface is not rough underneath. It’s hard to give perfect advice when I haven’t seen your chairs in person. Best of luck!

  7. Hi there,

    we would like to use some of your directions (referencing back to you) for painting the chairs. How do we get permission? Thanks!

  8. Hi was going thru Pinterest wanting to pain my dining room set and hutch, wanting a little color back in my life, so how do you keep the back of the chairs from crackin chipping, etc. Want them to be used

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