Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mackenzie Childs Style Table and Chairs

For a while now I have been admiring Terry’s Mackenzie Childs projects at Forever Decorating. She is great at pulling off the style! So,I have been trying to find a simple project to try to adapt to the Mackenzie Childs style. I finally found one and just completed this project today!

Mackenzie Childs table and chairs 1

I am delighted with the outcome! Let’s take a look at the before shots.

chair before

When I stumbled across these chairs at Goodwill, the legs just screamed MC to me!

clamped chair

They were in good condition but slightly rickety so I did some gluing and clamping.

chair clamp 3

Now they are very sturdy.

table before 1

The leather top table came from the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville. It was in good condition but the leather was damaged and the top and bottom were not screwed together.

table before 2

Since I was painting the table anyway, the only thing I needed to do was attach the top to the base using 4 sturdy wood screws. Now on to the fun part!

painting the table

I gave everything 2 coats of Zinsser 123 primer followed by 2 coats of white paint. I used an accent color of Valspar Dark Mink on the outside edge then applied faux silver leaf to the wood trim that surrounds the leather insert. I used the same method that I used on my dining furniture here. The photo above is before the glaze.

table after glaze

The glaze makes all the difference in the world.

glazed table base

I absolutely love the base!!

chair details

Next I got to work adding some details to the chairs.

chair details close up

While I would have loved to use lots of color like the real MC, I chose to just use the Dark Mink thinking it would be a little more practical. Now let’s look at the glaze. It tones it down a lot.

glaze vs not glazed chairs

The chair on the right has been glazed and the one on the left has not been. Let’s take a closer look.

glaze vs not glazed close up

I recovered the cushions with some natural colored linen.

close up chair

In the photo above you can also see the hardware on the table. I cleaned it but I did not polish it. I’m sure that it is solid brass but I wanted the dark color rather than shiny brass.

mackenzie childs table

I love it when a project comes together!!

I have had a very busy week and hope to be posting about my experience at the Haven conference very soon. Meanwhile, I am getting ready for a red letter day tomorrow as my da ddy will complete his 30th radiation treatment for a recent bout with cancer! It has been a long and difficult road. Praising God from whom all blessings flow!

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I’ll be linking to the Wow Us Wednesday party at Savvy Southern Style and to the Homework Party at Worthing Court. I’m also linking to the before and after party for Habitat for Humanity here. Please click over and see the inspiration.