Sometimes, you have to have the willpower of a steam engine to get anything done. My table makeovers may have not required a penchant for creativity, but I made up for it with stubborn determination. What do you do with a three-year-old and a not-quite-one-year-old when you've gotta get the job done? You let the big one ride his bike and big wheel in front of the house, and alternate the baby between the pack 'n' play and the walker. They were actually great companions.
After one coat of primer and three coats of ivory spray paint ($12 total, thank you, Hobby Lobby clearance), I brought them in for a bit of sanding to age a bit. And, WOW, these tables were MEANT to be light all along. Thanks to my friend Laura Goins (http://www.lauragoins.blogspot.com/), for giving me encouragement that it would, in fact, look good in the end. I love them.
And, speaking of having the willpower of a steam engine, I'd like to say thanks to my hubby. He, while pressure washing outside the house, didn't let a little broken chain get in the way of finishing the job. Nice work!