Paint Eclectic Chairs for a Cohesive Look

Update an eclectic mix of chairs by painting them a single color and recovering the seats to create a unified look.
Contemporary White and Brown Dining Room

Contemporary White and Brown Dining Room

A red and white floral patterned tablecloth stands out against the abundance of white in this dining room with a round table and eclectic mix of chairs.

Materials Needed:

  • various dining chairs in different shapes and sizes
  • medium-grit sanding block
  • spray primer
  • high-gloss spray paint
  • spray lacquer
  • spray handle
  • drop cloth
  • fabric
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • batting
  • damp rag
  • screwdriver
  • scissors

Choose Proper Chairs

Hunt flea markets, garage sales and estate sales for single or pairs of dining room chairs in different shapes and sizes. Try to keep all chair back heights within a range of six to eight inches of one another.

Eclectic Dining Room Chairs in Yard

Eclectic Dining Room Chairs in Yard

Hunt flea markets, garage sales and estate sales for single or pairs of dining room chairs in different shapes and sizes. Try to keep all chair back heights within a range of six to eight inches of one another.

Remove Existing Finish

Using medium-grit sanding block, remove the old finish from chair frame, then wipe away dust with damp rag. Remove chair cushions with screwdriver.

Refinishing a Dining Room Chair

Refinishing a Dining Room Chair

Using medium-grit sanding block, remove the old finish from chair frame, then wipe away dust with damp rag. Remove chair cushions with screwdriver.

Add Primer Coat

Attach spray handle to can of spray primer. Keeping a distance of six to eight inches from surface, pull handle back in a smooth, controlled manner, adding a light coat of primer to chair frame.

Spray Painting a Chair White

Spray Painting a Chair White

Attach spray handle to can of spray primer. Keeping a distance of six to eight inches from surface, pull handle back in a smooth, controlled manner, adding a light coat of primer to chair frame.

Update Cushions

Wrap batting around existing cushion, and then attach to bottom of cushion with staple gun. Cut away excess batting with scissors. Wrap new fabric around the cushions and attach with staple gun to bottom of cushion. Need help? Get more detailed instructions for recovering chair seats.

Attaching Batting to Chair Cushion

Attaching Batting to Chair Cushion

Wrap batting around existing cushion, and then attach to bottom of cushion with staple gun. Cut away excess batting with scissors. Wrap new fabric around the cushions and attach with staple gun to bottom of cushion. Need help? Get more detailed instructions for recovering chair seats.

Apply New Finish

Once primer coat is dry to the touch, add spray handle to can of high-gloss spray paint. Keep a distance of six to eight inches from surface, and pull handle back in a smooth, controlled manner to apply two coats of high-gloss finish. Once they're dry to the touch, add spray handle to can of lacquer and apply one coat.

Attach Cushions

Place newly upholstered cushions on chairs and attach screws with screwdriver from underneath. Tip: To achieve a designer look, add a tablecloth, place settings and vases that coordinate with your new chair color scheme.

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