How To Create an Ice Cream Parlor Table You Will Need and Love

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We made a fun Coastal style Ice Cream Parlor table set I wanted to share with you. The tabletop was made from scratch and the chairs got a makeover. It started with two chairs that I got at a garage sale eons ago. After some use over the years as a vanity chair with round cushion and a platform for dolls and stuffed animals for our daughter, the chairs were in pretty bad shape. For years they have sat in the garage waiting for attention. 

I could never bring myself to give the chairs away. They are vintage antique ice cream parlor twisted wrought iron sweetheart chairs. That’s a mouthful name for a chair isn’t it. Anyway, we gave them a makeover in Seaside blue.

Then we had this cute little table and two chairs with a tabletop that was in the worst shape imaginable so we took off the top and created an Ice Cream Parlor table to go with the wrought iron Sweetheart chairs.

Ice Cream Parlor set with Sweetheart chairs that got a new spray paint in Seaside blue

Here’s a look at my beloved vintage Ice Cream Parlor Sweetheart chairs getting a makeover. The black is where we used Rustoleum Rust Reformer for metal to treat the rust and be ready to paint.

Wrought Iron Sweetheart chairs get a makeover

I really wish I had before photos to show you. Here’s the white and the original green color under the white coming through from chipping over the years and where we scuffed sections up with a scuff pad.

Vintage antique ice cream parlor twisted wrought iron sweetheart chairs.

Two vintage ice cream parlor twisted wrought iron sweetheart chairs in seaside blue

I think they came out great and are ready for a whole new life. I hope you like seeing these two Sweetheart chairs look brand new as much as I do.

Old table that needs a new top 2

Again, I do wish I had the horrid tabletop before photo. This is not much of a before and after show, but I think you get the idea. The table base is fine, it just needed to be cleaned.

How we created the Ice Cream Parlor Set:

DIY table top

We had scraps of treated lumbar sitting around the garage and started to design the new tabletop.  We cut about 1-1.2 inch strips with a table saw to make our slat ice cream parlor table. Here I am showing you how we put bolts in between to see how a slat table would look with spaces.

For those interested, I put the table measurements at the bottom of the post.

DIY Slate Table Top
Make a new table top yourself.2
Prime and seal your DIY table slats before painting

I recommend to prime and seal each slat for a good base coat before painting.

rustoleum-american-accents-ultra-cover-2x-spray-paint-gloss-seaside and Universal All Surface Spray Paint Satin White

The paint colors we used for the Sweetheart chairs and table are Rustoleum American Accents 2x Ultra Cover Spray Paint Gloss in Seaside and Rustoleum Universal Satin All Surface in White.

It was really easy to spray paint the chairs. Don’t be afraid to get a can of Rustoleum for your own project. There are a lot of new colors to choose from now. I encourage anyone considering a project like this to go for it.


The spacers in-between the slats are made of scraps of Wolmanized wood as well. The spaces are not necessary, but they add a design to the tabletop and they keep the slats in position better.


The bottom vertical slats of wood keep the table slats straight as well as secures the base to the new top. Wood screws were used to secure all the parts.


The table base feet got a nice coat of Seaside blue. I think this made the stand 100% better than the original table.


The chairs on the far right and left are the original chairs for the table. We painted some spa blue sections to tie them in with the Ice Cream Parlor set and chairs creating seating for four.


Now I could not be happier with our new ice cream parlor table and vintage sweetheart chairs. It feels so good to turn an old nothing table into something special with scraps of wood and paint.


I’m sure we’re going to get a lot of use out of our new table and chairs next summer. It is such a nice set now there is no way I want to leave it outside over the winter.

Ice Cream Parlor Set – Tabletop:

  • 13 Boards
  • 24 inches long
  • 1-1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
  • 3/8 inch spacers between the boards – not necessary.
  • Makes a 24″ x 24″ table.

The only thing we paid for to do this project was the spray paint.


Good-bye summer. I can’t wait until next year.

How to make an ice cream parlor table from scratch

If you have any questions about this project, please be sure to let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Mariam, I found my chairs at a garage sale years ago so, no, I don’t know where to find 8 of them. I saw some for sale on Ebay and Etsy though. Good luck and I hope you find some.

  2. Hey Sue, do you know where i can purchase about 8 of the sweetheart chairs

  3. Thank you Cyndi. You put into words how I think with the white popping the turquoise. Since you are a designer, I consider it an honor that you like our table and chairs.

  4. Thanks Susie, not always, but sometimes I design and he builds. We both worked on this set together and next summer it will be included in more patio posts.

  5. I love the way you used the white to pop the turquoise. Perfect. Such a cute little set.

  6. I saw this little set on FB and just had to hop over for a closer look. What a great way to make a table top. It’s just so darn cute and functional. Love the color combo, too. Hope you and your Hunny enjoy many dates having ice cream at your new table set. Well done.. 🙂 Susie from Chelsea Project

  7. I can tell you are like me on memories and you have an eye for great things like for the sweetheart chairs. Round ruffled pillow seats are something I love as well. I really loved your Campbell’s tomato soup story too.

  8. Thank you so much Andre for the encouragement and compliment. We are happy how the table and chairs turned out and had fun designing the tabletop.

  9. Nice project, the way you painted blue for table sets makes it very bright. I also have a wooden table and put it in the garden to drink tea every morning. However it is not as beautiful as your table sets, maybe I should refurbished it.

  10. Oh, such a fun color! Back in the 60’s we had a black set with matching round table with faux black/white marble top where it was a treat for my sister and I to have Campbell’s tomato soup in the family room while watching TV. Also had an extra chair which was spray painted pink to go with my sister’s childhood desk…and then I think it got sprayed blue to go in my mother’s sewing room and topped with a round ruffled pillow seat to match. These sweetheart ice cream parlor chairs have such “sweet” memories!

  11. Thank you Carolann for saying that. We had fun making this table and painting the chairs. They go with our new patio umbrella.

  12. I love this set Sue! The colors at stunning. You guys are so amazing with your projects. They are always an inspiration. Fantastic project. I just love it!

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