dining room chair redo

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  They were an outdated shell theme, but the most horrible part was that I think the seats used to be white, but were now mostly tannish dirty brown in the front and lighter in the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.  :)



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  1. Great job! Wow, that really perked up those chairs. :-)

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  2. D- to the arling!!

  3. The chairs look awesome! Love love love the color combo! :) Kudos, my friend!

  4. I love this! Orange is my favorite color and your chair turned out great!