If you have outdated chairs in your home you don’t have to replace them! I am going to show you how to paint wood chairs and breath a bit of new life into them for many more years to come.
When my husband and I got married his parents gave us this kitchen table so we went to our local Meijer and bought these wood chairs.
They were great chairs, super sturdy, but they had that 80’s orange wood tone that has not stood the test of time. I feel like there are a lot of people who can relate to this.
Great chairs just need a little makeover!
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Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Stats
To understand a color you need to know what makes it that color. Here are the vitals on Urbane Bronze:
- Hex Value: #54504A
- Red: 84
- Green: 80
- Blue: 74
- Color Collections: Color ID (Minimalist), Colormix Forecast 2021 (Sanctuary), Colormix Forecast 2022 (Method), Rejuvenation (Fall/Winter), Colormix Forecast 2023 (Biome), Gallery Series, Top Interior Colors, Top Exterior Colors
- Color Family(s): Neutral
Here is what Sherwin Williams has to say about Urbane Bronze:
Rooted in nature, this brownish gray evokes a down-to-earth tranquility and a subtle sophistication that is hard to beat.Sherwin Williams
What you will need:
- sandpaper – I love this pack because it has many different grits to allow you to complete the whole project.
- paint – color of your choice
- foam brush
How to Paint Chairs
After a while, these chairs started showing some serious wear and tear. And of course, that color…yuck!
I decided on a black color for the chairs after I refinished my dining table a light gray. I put board and batten on the walls and it’s white so I felt like if I painted them white it would be too much white.
Sand the Chairs
The first thing you need to do is sand, using the same technique as I used on the refinished antique chairs. These chairs didn’t need to be sanded down as much as the antique ones did because we are painting them.
I will admit though, I went to town and probably sanded way more than I needed to. I am a complete perfectionist and it’s something I am working on! Haha, 😣
Starting with 80 grit sandpaper give everything a good sanding, then move on to 120 grit and finish up with 220 grit for a smooth finish.
Paint the Chairs
After sanding, clean really well to get all the dust off. Put down plastic or a tarp and turn the chairs over. Paint the bottom and the legs then turn the chair over and finish the top. Most likely you will need two coats of paint for good coverage.
After 1 coat.
After 2 coats
If you want a distressed look you can take a sanding block to the edges of the chair as much as you want. If you go too far no worries, just add a little paint!
Poly the Chairs
I think they look great!!! And I think they go really nicely with the gray stained table.
UPDATE: It’s been several years since I painted these chairs and I am happy to report that they have held up amazingly! I think the key to their durability has been the poly I applied over the paint.
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- Sand the chairs
- Clean off all the sawdust
- Flip the chairs over and paint the legs and base around the legs
- Turn the chairs upright and paint everything else
- Allow 24 hours dry time then add another coat of paint
- Allow another 24 hours of dry time
- Apply polycrylic
- Allow 24 hours of dry time
- Repeat steps 7 and 8, 2 more times
As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.