Monday, June 30, 2014

A Real DIY Project: IKEA Jokkmokk Chairs Updated

So maybe my last post about my DIY water table cover wasn't exactly DIY... but I did order it myself and think up the concept. I'm just thrilled about the outcome.

This one though, it's all DIY-friendly.

We recently hopped on over to our local Crate & Barrel Outlet store and bought a kitchen table. We're totally lucky to have one of those stores just 5 miles from our house!
hello gorgeous. welcome to our humble abode.
We've owned the same IKEA Jokkmokk table and chairs since we began dating eight glorious years ago. And even then, I owned the same set in my Hermosa Beach apartment (miss you, Peppertree!) that I bought off Craigslist many moons ago. That set was left with my married Scottish roommates when we moved out into our married abode in Redondo Beach, just about 1.5 years before leaving California {sniff, sniff, tear}.

Lots of Jokkmokk action up in here. Who else has one of these sets? C'mon, America. I can bet within the whole 6 degrees of separation rule that one of you does! Anyhow, the new, much nicer, fancier table needed some chairs. The table also has two leafs (leaves?!) that are bubble wrapped and living in our empty basement. If we could sell the basement apart from the house, it would be sold to the highest bidder! Native Midwesterners think I be crazy, yo.

I searched chairs and in the meantime, lived with the ol' Jokkmokk chairs at the new table. They actually looked halfway decent as-is. Problem was, the chairs had seen a number of other DIY projects as stools and endured 3 moving trucks over their lives thus far. We considered buying some Willa chairs, but hello spicy pricetag and no thank you to the terrible reviews on paint chipping, etc. We have kids. Who destroy. I don't need them destroying $150 chairs on the regular.

I decided to spraypaint the old Jokkmokk chairs. I wanted a teal color for a pop. We definitely have a neutral palate in our home, except that crazy green laundry room! Wild chairs seemed like a fun way to be daring without having to fully commit. If we hated them? It was only the cost of some spray paint.

Turns out we liked them.
- Sand each chair fully (already had)
- Wipe down all chairs
- Use wood filler in deeper grooves (already had and necessary as these chairs were beaten up!)
- Spray each chair multiple times with Rustoleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint/Primer, Seaside (Ridiculous sale =  $1.50 each can. Used 5 cans and have one full to spare for touchups as needed $9)
- Use previously owned Polycrylic Clear Satin and a foam brush to apply on each chair. I also did an additional coat on heavy hit areas like seat and top of chair/corners.

Total out-of-pocket cost = $9 because I owned so many of the necessities already.


Kari at A Grace Full Life said... [Reply to comment]

That spray paint color is one of my favorites.

Solange, Nik, Caitlin and Oliver said... [Reply to comment]

I love the color! And.....the beach misses you guys too :) We definitely miss you.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Looks great. I bet you'll like it even more in the winter when you need some color amidst all the snow and white and blagh

Sneaker Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

Those chairs look awesome! I love the color. We have a Stokke high chair too! Tribute to our days in Germany :0)

Laura Jane said... [Reply to comment]

Looks so good! I'm impressed.

Your header makes me kinda sad in that the Snoogie or whatever it was called is gone. Awww.

Seriously though, looks really great. I'm super jealous you have a C&B OUTLET so close to home. If you tell me the LC one is that close I might jump ship ;)

Veronica said... [Reply to comment]

I love the revamped ikea stuff. Totally puts a custom expensive look to them!
And I love the table And I too am jealous that you have furniture outlet stores at your disposal.

The blog looks great. The "snuggie" was cute, but I'm in love with your babies. And especially Andrews feet.