Painting Kitchen Chairs

Get tips on painting kitchen chairs.

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Paint can work wonders on your walls, but painting kitchen chairs is a great way to give furniture a facelift too.

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If you have kitchen chairs that feel dated or boring, don't rush out to buy a new set. Freshen them up with some paint and bring new life to your room.

Painting kitchen chairs is a relatively easy project that takes some time and patience, but it's worth the work.

Before you begin painting, make sure to remove any cushions or fabric from the chair. If you're unable to remove the cushions, cover them with plastic. Next, you'll need to prepare the surface by sanding it with coarse-grit sandpaper. This will create a surface that the paint can really adhere to.

After you've finished sanding, make sure to prime your chairs. Many people choose to skip this step, but you shouldn't. Priming will ensure your chairs have a beautiful, clean finish. Once the primer is completely dry, you can begin painting your chairs. Remember to go with the grain of the wood and use consistent strokes with your paintbrush or roller. Let the paint dry in-between coats, and make sure to seal the chair with a layer of polyurethane. This final step will protect your chairs from inevitable kitchen spills and general wear and tear, and it will also give them a glossy, even finish.

If you need ideas on how to update your kitchen chairs, think outside the box. Scroll through Pinterest to get some ideas on colors, decorative finishes or other creative touches. If you just want to paint your chairs, consider using a bold color that will really shine in your kitchen. Try bright yellow for a cheerful set of chairs or consider a striking cobalt for a more sophisticated look. Emerald green, turquoise and coral are other fun shades to consider. If you want to get even more creative, use a different shade of one color to create an ombre effect with your chairs. Or mix and match a bunch of pastels including yellow, mint, blue and pink.

Furniture that looks like it's been dipped in paint is a popular home design trend, and this technique works well with kitchen chairs. To try it, paint just the legs of your chairs or the backs of them. Or reverse this effect and paint the entire chair except for the bottom half of the legs. This is a great way to introduce a hint of color without completely covering your chairs. Chalkboard paint can also work wonders with kitchen chairs. Use it to create mini chalkboards on the back of each chair so family members and guests can claim their spots when mealtime rolls around.

Whichever color or decorative technique you choose, you'll be amazed at how different your chairs will look with just a few coats of paint.

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