The Painted Chairs – a Second Chance Makeover

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

My search for some small chairs for the kitchen table area is finally over!  The chairs I had before blocked the view from my kitchen to the family room and vice-versa, their backs were too high and overall they were too big for that small space.

kitchen area before RLC

I’d seen some pretty, small and colorful chairs from the catalog magazines I receive, but their prices weren’t that pretty. Almost $150 per chair!  Craiglist was my searching place, it almost took me a year but I found them, $5 each!

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Their condition was good, no squeaky sounds, loosened parts or missing screws. Their appearance was on the drab side, they looked better in these pictures than they did in real live.  At some point they had been re-stained but the job was poorly done because they felt bumpy.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

I knew they deserved a second chance! And I knew just how to do that.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Sand paper (100 and 220 grid)
  • Spray paint (Valspar Color Radiance – Paint + Primer was used for this project.  Color: La Fonda Mirage (One can of spray paint per chair).
  • Clear sealer gloss  (One can of sealer gloss was used on two chairs).
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Sander
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective mask
  • Gloves
  • Paint brushes

Instructions:

The first step is perhaps the most tedious one: Sanding.  But, the glossy finish has to go, and this is a crucial step to insuring a paint job that will last.  A hand sander is your best bet, it will help you go through this step really fast.  For those places where the sander cannot reach, use a piece of sandpaper.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Dust the chairs  well.  A pneumatic air gun is a practical way to remove most of the dust particles in those hard to reach places.  But a thoroughly wipe down with a tack cloth is a necessity before painting them.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

The beauty of using Valspar Color Radiance Paint + Primer, is that you get to skip a step!   I can honestly say, the paint coverage is really good.

Valspar Color Radiance-La Fonda Mirage

Use your safety gear… mask,  gloves, safety glasses, and work in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Place the chairs upside down, spray paint the legs. Then, turned the chair right side up to cover the unpainted areas.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Continue with the back of the chairs and finally the seat.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Using a 220 grid sandpaper give them a light sanding in between paint coats. This will remove any bumps and give you a smooth finished product. Wipe again with the tack cloth. Repeat with a second coat of spray paint.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

A glossy clear sealer will protect your paint and it makes a big difference in appearance, as you can see in the picture below.

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

When painting your own chairs, you can customize them.  I decided to paint the top part of their backs with chalkboard paint (this area was protected from the glossy clear sealer).

chalkpaint for back of chair

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

The chalkboard must to be cured before writing on it. Rub chalk all over the chalkboard paint. Then wipe off with a dry cloth.

chair chalkboard seasoning

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Add a set of rubber bumpers  to the feet of each chair. You may need to replace with longer screws.

rubber bumpers for chair legs

I think their “new shoes” look way better than the flats they had.

installing rubber bumpers on chair

And then the chairs were ready for a photo shoot!

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m glad I can see my boy while he does his homework! :)

Painting chairs - a second chance makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

My price for each chair was $15 (chair, paint, sealer and bumpers).  Far less than the cost of new chairs! And, the old chairs are now in my dining room.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad you posted this. I have two chairs I’m about to paint and I looked long and hard at the cans of spray paint but then got the quart instead. I’ll take it back to the store and swap it out. I kind of suspected that all the nooks and crannies would be a pain to do with a brush.

    I was looking for two more chairs and thought it would be fun if they didn’t match in style, but had the color unifying them.

    • Thanks Laurie! You’re right, all those nooks and crannies were the reason why I chose spray paint, and I had no trouble at all. I hope you find your two extra chairs, yes, color will unify them!

  2. These turned out beautiful! I love the added touch of chalkboard paint, my kids would have so much fun with that. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Beautiful kitchen, wonderful job with those chairs. What a great deal that looks like a million bucks!

  4. Great job on your DIY! I love the color and that you gave it that personal touch with the chalk backing.

  5. I love the new chairs. The colour you chose is beautiful! The chalkboard detail is adorable!
    Mmmm, they look too good!

  6. You cant beat the price! And they look awesome!! Sometimes its worth waiting for the right piece (or pieces) :)

  7. Wow! What a great tutorial! This is my first time on your blog site and I love it!! Thanks for the great lesson and pictures! Looking forward to visiting again! :)

  8. Totally crazy, but I painted my kitchen chairs that same color earlier this summer! I absolutely love them! That color makes me so happy :)

  9. You clever girl!! I love the chalkboard idea and the color of the chairs is beautiful.

  10. How awesome! They look so expensive now and I love the color. What a cute idea to put some chalkboard paint on the back and write out the names! So creative :)

  11. I love the chalkboard paint on the backs of your chairs. You could always change the names or put a holiday greeting on them. Cool idea. Great tutorial,

  12. Cristina…they are so beautiful! I love the color and the addition of the chalkboard piece on the back is genius!!

  13. You put a lot of work into them and that really shows! They turned out wonderful Cristina. Love the chalkboard touch!

  14. These are so cute! I love the color and the chalkboard on the back too!

  15. love these! very pretty color and love the names on the back!

  16. Love how they turned out, especially the customized back! Do you remember approximately how much time it took you to complete all 4 chairs?

  17. I’m sooo GLAD you posted this since I’m getting ready to do these tomorrow and wasn’t sure of all the steps. I didn’t even think about the rubber “shoes.” lol These turned out great!!

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