DIY: Painted Dining Chairs

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’m going through a little furniture-painting kick. Apparently I have something against natural wood color. I have actually been itching to paint my dining chairs for at least few years. We bought them when we moved back home after living in Calgary for a few years. We just wanted something that would fit in our apartment around our little square table. They have served their purpose, yet rather than dishing out money for new ones, I decided to extend their life in this house with a fresh coat of bright blue paint.

I wanted to spend the least amount of money possible on paint and also wanted to do the least amount of work, so I went with this paint in the colour “Shoreline” and I love how it turned out. I was going for the rustic look, so it didn’t have to be perfect.

Here’s the process that I followed to get the desired look for these chairs:

-Wash down chairs with dish soap and warm water (they looked like the kids had had a food fight…several times)

-Use small foam roller on larger surfaces and brush for hard-to-reach spots.

-I didn’t sand or prime, but went straight to painting. I used three coats, giving about thirty minutes drying time between coats. The finish was really flat, which is what I was going for.

-Since I didn’t prime, I put a coat of this polyurethane seal in a clear satin finish. I used a small foam brush and put a really thin coat on. The instructions suggested painting one coat, sanding, and painting a second coat. I haven’t, but I may do that if I get a free minute at some point.

Of course, I neglected to take a before pictures, but I hope you are inspired to do some painting from seeing my finished product!

Thanks for reading,


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