Yup... another basement project and update! Are you impressed? I am.
Okay, so we've got a couple of areas we're working on, but right now we are completely focused on the little gaming station that we're trying to create. We looked around at some thrift stores, went to a couple of designer places and then ultimately ended up at Ikea, where we found exactly what we were looking for... sort of. The DOCKSTA table and a couple TOBIAS chairs.
We wanted chairs that were sturdy, but still comfy, and that didn't have arms. It's too hard to jump up and celebrate a big win after playing a good hand of cards, when you've got arms to compete with on your chair. So these chairs were perfect AND stylish!
Since the basement doesn't have tons of light, we wanted a bright white table that was super sleek and simple. We found a few from thrift stores that we could re-purpose, but they were all just too chunky and heavy for the space. We needed a table that wasn't too expensive or big, and something that we could tightly tuck the chairs under, with no problems. That's why we fell in love with the simplicity of the DOCKSTA model at Ikea.
As you can see from above, before we even bought the chairs, we had planned on spray painting the chrome base of the chairs a brushed gold color instead. The chrome is AWESOME and looks great, but when we put it in our basement, it sort of stuck out like a sore thumb. Normally I would be just fine with "metallic-mixing", but in this case, I wasn't feelin' it.
Say it with your best "game show host" voice impression.
It works with the corny face, promise.
Okay, so actually, before any spray painting happens, a few steps of prep need to take place first.
1. Rough up the metal.
Metal is obviously shiny, so in order to get the best adhesion, you'll want to scuff up the surface you're painting, to cut down on the glossiness.
Same goes for the frame of the chair. We used 100 grit sandpaper, but you could probably go 120 and be okay too, this is just what we had on hand.
While you'd think that metal wouldn't release any sort of dust like wood, it still does shed this weird black grit when you sand it. After all your sanding is done, make sure you clean your work area and metal really well. We just shook our drop cloths out and wiped down our chairs.
If you don't do this, when you spray, the air that forces the spray paint out of the can will flip up all of those little bits onto your project and you'll get a sandy-like finish on your piece or little goopy bumps everywhere.
3. Shake, shake... shake, shake a' SHAKE IT!
I know this seem like a silly step to add, but it's CRUCIAL in the spray painting process. TRUST ME. You'll want to shake your spray paint can for at least 1 minute. Don't go throwin' your arm out, but know that especially with the metallic gold, if you don't mix the paint well inside the can, it won't come out as true-to-color as it should, or spray as nicely.
With metal, this is really important, because you want a nice matte surface to spray your color onto. We went with the Krylon gray primer, and gave everything two good coats (we used 3 cans for 4 chair bases). Make sure to give your pieces at least 30 seconds of dry time between coats. If not, you'll get drips. If you live in a more humid climate, you might want to wait a little longer.
The day we sprayed our chairs, it was 100+ degrees of the driest heat you can imagine. Needless to say, our primer was completely cured in about 5 minutes, but to be on the safe side, we waited the full 30 for everything to harden up. I didn't want to take any chances.
After that, we got to shakin' and sprayin' our gold. The Krylon ColorMaster cans are awesome because they have the super easy spray tip and you can adjust the nozzle to accommodate whichever way you're spraying. We used smooth, even, constant, slower strokes when applying our paint. This cuts down on getting any splotchyness anywhere. Because metal doesn't soak up paint like wood, you'll want to wait a little longer between coats to avoid drips. (We applied about 2-3 coats on our chairs and used 4 cans.)
Okay, Got that?
I posted this picture on our Instagram feed after our chair bases were all done, and got a few questions about the color, so I wanted to clarify some things.
We tried a couple of different brands of gold spray paint, and in the end, Krylon had the shade of gold that we were looking for. While the picture above (probably due to my Instagram filter choice) looks really yellow, the actual shade of the Krylon gold is more of a darker, almost brassier gold color.
And if you remember, that's also the shade of gold that our wallpaper downstairs in the basement is too.
That being said, metallic's are metallic's, and so depending on how the light hits your piece, you'll get various different (darker or lighter) reflections/shades of gold. For example, our bases definitely look more yellow in the sunlight than they do in the dark basement. Metallic's are super cool like that.
This picture below, that I took outside, but in the shade, sort of gives you a better idea of what I mean.
...and here are the finished chairs + table downstairs in our basement!
You can definitely see here, the brassier, less bright yellow gold color that I'm referring to.
A few things, because I'm sure someone will ask:
1. Yes, we purchased 4 chairs. The other one is just sitting in a different spot in our basement for now.
2. The oversized tic-tac-toe game was bought at Zgallerie. I had a gift card and it was just too cute to pass up :)
3. I bought a wipe-able, durable table because I knew that this space would also be acting as a homework station for my kiddos as well, but of COURSE, there's already been some "coloring accidents" on it, so I've also recently purchased a black and white oilcloth round tablecloth for this little guy too. The marker that got on the table cleaned up just fine with a little Softscrub and damp cloth, and I know that the piece wasn't SUPER expensive, but I want my stuff to last as long as possible... or I dunno, maybe just like, a WEEK!? ack, kids!
I've got my eye out for a little somethin'-somethin' for that corner there by the right side of the table. A small cabinet of sorts to store games/art/school supplies in maybe? It would definitely have to be narrow though, so we'll see. I would also love to do a really neat collage on the wall behind the game table too, or at least a fun piece of art! We've got our thinking caps on for this one