From Blah to Bold… Kitchen Chair Makeover

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August 27, 2013 by bridgitgillis

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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.  Home Depot 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!

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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!

 

 

 

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Chairs painted with no sanding or glaze

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One thought on “From Blah to Bold… Kitchen Chair Makeover

  1. Tish says:

    Thanks for the posting this ~ it’s fab. I just found four Windsor chairs at Goodwill and I’m going to paint them according to your instructions here! Blessings!

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