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How to Paint Dipped Legs on a Chair

Breathe new life into an old chair with fresh paint, new upholstery and a surprisingly easy accent on the legs.

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Courtesy of Rust-Oleum®

Materials Needed:

  • wooden chair
  • drill or screwdriver
  • palm sander
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer in one (Satin Nickel)
  • Rust-Oleum Universal paint and primer in one (Gloss White)
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • painter's tape
  • rags or tack cloth
  • needle-nose pliers or tack remover
  • staple gun
  • upholstery fabric
  • scissors
  • floor or surface protection

Disassemble an Old Chair

Find a wooden chair that needs some lovin'. Remove the seat cushion. Set it aside, along with the screws.

Refinish the Chair

Sand the entire chair in the direction of the grain. Remove the dust with a damp rag or tack cloth.

Paint the Chair

Spray the chair with Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let dry and repeat as needed for full coverage. Measure up and mark 6" from the bottom of all the chair legs. Tape-off all the way around each leg at the 6" mark (Image 1). Spray paint the bottom of each chair leg white. Remove tape and let paint dry completely (Image 2).

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