The Whole Kitchen Set, from Black to White

Furniture and Cabinetry Redouxs, Furniture Makeovers


I hope it was a good weekend for everyone. I worked three shifts at Paris Flea Market this weekend.  Luckily I love being there so much!  Not much blogging going on since I was in a whirlwind of shopping frenzy all weekend, but I did have a huge highlight…..I met my first reader!  The cutest lady came in to introduce to herself to me, told me she reads my blog regularly, and she had even purchased some of my furniture a few months back.  That just made my whole week.  So fun!  If any of you live in the Bay Area, I would love for you to drop in and check out our monthly sale. It is an EVENT!

On to the Redoux!

I have the SWEETEST new client.  She has recently gone through some life changes, and now is ready to make changes to her Decor.  We started in the kitchen. She has had this Kitchen set for many years.  All in excellent condition, and all black.  She wants to lighten the mood in her home and we are going with a “Beachy/Cottage” theme.

We started with this:

Emma and I cleaned everything thoroughly, removed the chair pads, removed all the hardware and gave them a good soak in warm water and vinegar to remove the paint.  I stripped the top of the table, and filled in the groove that ran along the perimeter with a combination of wood filler and spackle.

Lots of sanding and refilling, and I had everything pretty smooth.

I lightly sanded everything else and primed the table and chairs with an Zinnser Oil Based Primer. Since the table would be getting the most use, I wanted to make sure clean ups would not damage the finish and the oil based primer would prevent chipping and water seepage into the wood.

The rest of the set received two coats of Zinnser Water Based Primer:

After the primer had at least 24 hours to cure, I proceeded with the paint.  I mixed equal parts of a lovely French Blue Paint and an Antique White paint I had on hand.  The chairs, the legs and the inside of the buffet and hutch all were painted blue.

The top of the table and outside of the hutch were painted in an Antique White. Everything received several thin coats of a good Polycrylic, followed by CeCe Caldwell’s all natural Wax.  No fumes, no smell, just dries hard and buffs to a beautiful shine.

It wasn’t enough to just completely overhaul the look of the Kitchen set, we had to do something to add a truly personal touch to the chairs.  Emma suggested we add “words” to the chair.  My client picked out 6 words that were important to her and that she wanted her boys to internalize.  What better way to do this, than to see them every time you sit down to dine? My client chose the font and I made the words in MS Word and saved them as Jpegs, using a fantastic program I downloaded called “Universal Document Converter”.  I had my favorite printer print the pages for me, and I used the “Citrasolve Transfer”, The Graphics Fairy has a wonderful tutorial on how to do this method.  Le Perfection!

My client chose some really fun knobs for the top of the buffet, and I reused the old knobs and painted them to match.

The transformation was complete. Now, Joy and Kindness sit at the head of the table and Courage, Love, Faith and Truth sit as companions.

My client was thrilled with “le transformation”, and I truly was so grateful to be a part of the entire “Redoux”!





  1. Shannon Fox

    Like night & day! What a lovely fresh start to her new journey!!

  2. Mel

    Wow, what a difference the paint has made. Looks fab!

  3. Drama Mama Lori

    Incredible! I’m exhausted just imagining all of your hard work!! Thanks for sharing! ~Lori

  4. cassie

    that was a beast to tackle and it looks amazing! i really love how the hutch turned out.

  5. Linda Leyble

    Hi Karen – Love that project, Really beautiful! I have to look into the CeCe Caldwell’s wax – no smell…really? That’s something to buy, then! I’ll check it out.

    I am coming out to CA on Wednesday – staying for a week – my daughter had a baby, so I am coming out to help. I have a bad cold,,,so I hope it will be gone by Wed…otherwise I’ll have to push it back. But – wanted to let you know – if I have some time, ! would love to see if we could connect!!


  6. Debra@CommonGround

    Wow, you guys did a wonderful job! love the words on the chair seats!!

  7. sharon hines

    You were successful in achieving a beachy cottage look! I love the added touch of the words on the chairs. I hope you client gets the fresh start that her furniture represents!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  8. kristin

    This is such a gorgeous makeover and I love those chairs!!! Thanks for linking up.

  9. Judy

    Wow…what a huge difference. I am in love with the after. You did such a great job. I’d love for you to come and join my link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

  10. Kristi

    It looks amazing! I am trying to redo a small drop leaf table as a possible game table and you always give the best advice for products. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

    Also, I was the crazy star struck blogger follower at Paris this weekend 😉 It was great to meet you in person and I love seeing all of your awesome pieces when I visit!

  11. Laura @Ms Smartie Pants

    What a gorgeous transformation! I am sure that lightened everything up! I just painted a large piece of furniture, I thought I would never finish! Great job!

  12. Effie

    That is lovely! I am partial to pale beachy colors myself and you did a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing the tips on the products that you used.

  13. Claudine

    I have a set pretty much like that I am planning to paint!
    I loved the seats with the words, too!

  14. kara @ june & bear

    you did such a fabulous job on every single detail. love the seat cushions and the bit of blue inside the hutch. i’m currently in the process of redoing my black dining set. i know it’s a lot of work. popped over from p&p and can’t wait to check out more.

  15. Rondell

    Just gorgeous! I love the blue, so pretty and what a transformation!

  16. Jenn Gray

    Love lOve loVe lovE!

  17. Jill

    Wow! what a change! I think the knobs are my favorite part!

  18. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Seriously, that is one beautiful transformation!

  19. Mariaelena

    I LOVE it…the color you mixed is soooo perfect…I’d love to know the mix of colors you used…it’s gorgeous!!..GREAT job..have a happy day, Mariaelena

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