I’ve had these chairs for as long as we’ve lived in this house. I didn’t have a formal dining room in my old house – so I was one table short when we moved in here. After looking for a long time I finally found a lovely antique pedestal table (which I love) at a yard sale for twenty bucks! (It needed some TLC and thanks to my dad’s mad skills I have a rocking cool table in my dining room.) The yard sale lady just threw these horrible chairs in for free. I couldn’t say no, since I didn’t have any other chairs, but I hated them. And I have a sneaking suspicion that she threw them in because no one would buy them and she hated them too.
I hated the color. A strange glossy speckled brown that was trying to make the real wood look like fake wood for some strange reason.
I hated the seats. They were an outdated shell theme, but the most horrible part was that I think the seats used to be white, but were now mostly tannish dirty brown in the front and lighter in the back. GROSS. I don’t even want to think about that.
I keep trying to get rid of them, but they are so stinking comfortable. So, I finally did something about it. Enter spray paint. And now I kind of love them!
First I took the seats off and covered them in some funky Robert Kauffman fabric I got on Etsy for 8 bucks. I even got to use my handy dandy staple gun that I got for my birthday! (My dad just knew I would love it. And he wanted his back!)
I cut off the excess.
Then I took the chairs outside and gave them a good cleaning and sanding. I sprayed them with a primer first. Then two coats of Rustoleum Winter Gray. (Which for some reason looks more blueish in real life – but I still like it)
Now I have fun new chairs for only 20 dollars and a little bit of work. And it was more waiting for dry time than actual work. :)