August 27, 2013 by bridgitgillis
My kitchen chairs have needed a makeover for a long time. I have an older table that I painted the legs black to match the chairs, but it was still pretty clear that they didn’t go together. I love the colorful aesthetic that mismatched kitchen chairs bring, so I decided to go for it!
You might have noticed that there are only three chairs. Shortly after purchasing a set of four, one of them broke when my husband decided to stand on it. 😦 My hope is to find a bench that I can paint in similar fashion. Until then, I’m not worried- there are only three of us in our family anyways!
Step one- Plan your attack. Go as bold or as meek as you want. Amazon had a great selection of vintage colors in their spray paint department, which is where I found these awesome hues. I used one can per chair, and it was just enough to do the job!
Step two- Spray away. We had some leftover foam board from a house project, and I decided to use it to prevent the yard from becoming a rainbow. It is also nice to have a clean base for the chairs to sit on, so that dirt doesn’t stick to the bottoms.
Step three- To sand, or not to sand? Sanding adds a distressed look that I really like. I wasn’t sure how sanding over the black finish on the chairs would look. It turned out better than I had hoped. I hadn’t planned on the black showing through, turned out to be a littler harder to sand off than I had originally thought. Happy mistake!
Step four- Espresso glaze. I used this glaze for another project, and I am in love! It is super easy to use- paint on and wipe off. Leave a little glaze, or leave a lot. It’s totally up to you! The glaze tones down the bright colors, ages the appearance of the chairs, and gives the sanded parts where the raw wood is showing through a darker look.
Step five- Spray polyurethane. If you aged your chairs by sanding or glazing, I recommend some sort of clear coat to protect the finish. Pick up a water-based spray poly and your chairs will look amazing for years to come!