Finally I have this set finished and in its proper home. It only took me, oh 2 months, no biggie. I found out, while refinishing these pieces, that they came from Crate & Barrel originally, even though I ended up acquiring them at the Salvation Army. My $16 find proved to be a strudy, well-made set, so I was super happy about that.
Nothing fancy for the re-finishing process, just lightly sanded with my electric sander to roughen up the original finish, then primed and painted with a standard interior latex paint. Awhile back I had one of my pottery barn frames (the light ivory) color matched at lowes, so I just used some of that paint to cover the legs of the table and the chairs. Then after it was dry I painted on one thin coat of poly in satin finish, so it at least has a chance against all the wear and tear its about to endure. The top was painted with at least 3-4 thin coats of chalkboard paint.
The table has a hole in the middle, and came with a canvas insert and lid, probably to put crayons and other art supplies in there. However, it was a little chintzy, so I’m planning on replacing it with a stainless bowl or something similar.
Now the table and chairs lives in the playroom downstairs, which has been quite a hit with Emmy. She loves to draw with chalk on the table top, and sit up at the table like a big girl.
Here’s the after: