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Norma Oliver’s Furniture Rescue: Colorful child’s table, chairs set would make great gift

Don’t you just love furniture made for little children? I love seeing child size chairs, benches, tables etc. made just for their creative play and imaginations. Even better, is seeing it painted in bright and cheerful colors in a whimsical way.

The two matching chairs I’ve had for well over a year, just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. But then I came across a cute little table and knew it was to be a “somewhat” matching set. The before shows the tables sad condition, but paint came to the rescue. “Somewhat” refers to the fact that all three pieces use all the same colors, but purposely painted in a random way so that it flows but doesn’t exactly match. Clear as mud?

When I think of children playing, bright vivid colors come to mind. So those are the colors I chose. I didn’t want to narrow this down to just pink and purple girly colors, I wanted colors that are representative of kids, period.

There is a cheerful mix of blue, white, red, yellow, green, and orange. Oh and a huge block of chalkboard black in the center of the table. What child doesn’t like to doodle on a chalkboard? Yes I am aware that the chalkboard isn’t square that was planned. Perfection is overrated. So I just began painting colors in a randomly slapdash fashion, making sure that each color was applied and could be seen from most directions.

After painting, the distressing was done. This is a great technique for children’s furniture. No worry if some wear and tear occurs, it’s just adds to the rustic appearance. So parents, embrace it. The final coat is a durable Varathane satin finish, so it can easily be wiped down if sticky fingers leave their mark.

This sweet little set is sure to bring fun times and good memories for your child or grandchild. What a great set for playing, eating lunch on, coloring, making playdoh messes and more. This set would make a fantastic and practical Christmas gift that will be used over and over. Look for it this weekend at the Peddler’s Mall location in Georgetown.





Norma Oliver, owner of Norma’s Kentiques, is a happily married empty nester that has raised six children. She loves to hunt down ugly and rejected furniture that is still valuable and sturdy. Each piece is given a distinctive look, often through professionally applied chalk paint or milk paint and given a durable finish. These bargain accent pieces are then sold at her booth within the Georgetown Peddler’s Mall (inside-far left) OR her newest location within Country Hearts Crafts and Supplies in Williamstown. See more of Norma’s Kentiques on her Facebook page and visit her blog.

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