When Mr B and I bought our house, I was 6 months pregnant of our second child.We had just sold our first home, a lovely little cottage full of character and personality in town, and we were moving to the outskirts to a house double the size with a 2 year old and a baby on the way. Although we had furniture that we had been buying over the years, it was obviously not going to be enough going from a 2 bedroom town house to a 4 bedroom semi-d, so we were extremely grateful when the owners offered us to include some furniture in the sale , especially the big solid wooden table and chairs.
To say that there was a lots of pine in our new house would be the understatement of the year! The kitchen units were pine, the kitchen table and chairs were pine, the built-in wardrobes were (and still are) pine… you get the picture… It made the house look very dark despite all the windows and the light coming through. We knew we had to do something about it.
We didn’t do much in the house in terms of updating it at the beginning as with a 2 year old, new baby, c-section and general day to day, we didn’t have much spare time (shocking, right?). As the kids got older and we had more spare time, we decided to tackle the dinning room first as, together with the kitchen, it was the most pine-tastic room of them all and where we spent most of our time.
I wanted to paint the chairs three different colours so I spent hours looking at the Dulux paint chart trying to choose 3 colours that would complement each other but would not be too loud. After much deliberation and consultation, my final choice was: Japanese Maze 4, California Sands 4 and Mango Melody 4 (very self explanatory names, aren’t they?)
As the chairs weren’t varnished, I didn’t have to sand them but I did give them a good wash before applying the primer and then two coats of paint (I’m afraid I don’t have before photos but I am sure you get the idea). As for the table, I sanded it down and I painted the legs white keeping the top bare. I love the look!