Monday, October 5, 2009

DIY Dining Room Chairs


All the boys went away for a football weekend, leaving me alone to look for a project. My dining rooms chairs were in bad shape, so we just replaced them with really swanky new ones! (Can't wait to show you) So since the old ones were just sitting there in the garage, I decided to fix-em'-up. They were bound for Goodwill so what is the worst that could happen?

Here is the chair "before". Why yes as a matter of
fact those are the chairs from "Everybody Loves Raymond" in the early 90's. I had a little footstool in my closet that I decided to throw in the mix.
Lessons Learned:

1. Don't use crappy primer. This brand is what I am referring to

This primer made all the difference!

I used the dark primer because I wanted to paint the chairs black.

2. Don't use crappy spray paint. You have to get the best spray paint, it will save you a ton of time, cursing, and money in the long run.

3. Drink lots of Chick-Fil-A Iced Tea. I think it has triple the caffeine of regular iced tea. (I did all six chairs in one afternoon)

I roughed up the chairs with sandpaper for a lightly distressed look. (We distresss things around here, might as well go with it)
I decided to use a paste wax for a hand rubbed finish, it looks okay but it wasn't necessary.

Here is one of the finished chairs, and the footstool is now a pumpkin holder.
Ahhhhhh....much better.



  1. I can remember when my Husband went to work and children went off to school.I would love to find a project to do. It was usually to save money in some way. but I loved it. I love to see that DeeAnna loves it too!

  2. Dontcha just love how black spray paint can transform something from drab to fab?

    GREAT job on the chairs :)

  3. What a fabulous makeover. I think the gloss black makes them look like shining stars. Good save for something you were tired of.

  4. Hahaha!! Loving the labels you put on the goods! The chair rocks btw! Now let's just talk about that clock that would look WAAAAY better in my house on my massive fireplace rockwork... ohhh yeah...


  5. Soooo much better black and thanks for the tip on the spray paint! What a fun idea to use the footstool as a pumpkin holder.
    pk @ room remix

  6. I am delighted that you stopped by Blue Creek Home.
    You did a great job on the chair make-over.
    And you are so right about bad spray primers and paints. They can mess you up, can't they?

  7. So pretty in black! Great job! I LOVE the Rustoleum Universal spray pain. I've heard that about the Valspar primer...good to hear again so I don't make the same mistake! Thanks for sharing!

    I'm new to your blog too (thanks for stopping by to see me!). It's so nice to "meet" you! :)


  8. Looks great! I love Rustomleum Universal paint, it sticks to everything!

  9. Hi Dee! Those look Great!! I would love to be able to do this....must find furniture first :)! I signed up to follow you and would love it if you stopped by and did the same!

  10. Hello! So nice to meet yet another chair-paintin' gal. They look fab. I'm about to paint my vintage dining chairs black and distress them. I'm gonna follow...would love for you to pop over to my place. If you're into handmade soap, I'm doing a giveaway :o)

  11. Great job! Love the chair in black, and the stool is adorable!!!

  12. I love Everybody Loves Raymond! ;) I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
    *Eliza’s blog*

  13. Super cute! That's the primer I prefer, too!

  14. Thanks so much for the detail. I have read in a few different blogs "Spray paint" and thought they can't possibly mean "spray paint" they have to be using a paint sprayer. I have been contemplating buying one for some time now and was going to ask which type you use -then viola! you answered. Thank you for the heads up. I am excited to start my next project.

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