Hi there, My Way Home readers! I'm Diane from In My Own Style, a blog where I write about all things creative, colorful, and DIY. My background in display introduced me to the wonderful world of DIY decorating and design. When my husband and I bought our first house, we didn't have a big budget so I used tricks I'd learned over the years. My blog is where I continue to share budget-friendly decorating ideas. With a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness, I think anyone can create a home they love.
I can't pass up pretty and stylish things and have amassed quite a lot of decorative items and furnishings over the years because of this trait. As trends come and go, I have gotten rid of many things, but I focused on saving the sturdy and classically-designed items in my basement for my daughters to use someday when they move out and into a place of their own. Well, that day has finally come.
My oldest is off to medical school and is renting a house with two other students. They are on a tight budget and needed lots of items to furnish the house. I was so happy I saved the hodgepodge of furnishings as I knew with a bit of vision, some elbow grease, and paint I could transform them into stylish pieces that they would love.
My daughter shopped the basement. She chose the pieces she wanted and I got to work with my paint, rollers, and brushes.
I used a Valspar glossy spray paint in Exotic Sea and moved them outside to get down to business. The seats were in good condition so I masked them out with painters tape and newspaper, and placed them on a big plastic drop cloth before I began.
Since the chairs were previously painted I didn't need to prime, so I simply roughed the surface of each with sandpaper and then cleaned them off with a tack cloth. After multiple coats, I ended up using about one can of spray paint for each chair to completely cover the white.
To complement the chairs, my daughter chose a table my husband and I had acquired when we were first married. I had stenciled in the '90s with vines and grapes…that was the "in" thing. To make the table even more functional I found a Lazy Susan at a thrift store and painted it so it would look like it was part of the table when both were painted the same color.