Thrifted Dining Chair Update

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I found some beautiful chairs at a great price and decided to give them a little face lift to achieve the look I wanted.


Here are the chairs. I found them online for sale for an awesome price (especially compared to buying them new-yikes!)


To start my project I grabbed some white rustoleum bonding primer. This primer is made specifically to help paint adhere to any service. Since I was short on time and didn’t have a chance to sand my chairs down, I decided to opt for this primer.

1st coat of primer

The key to getting a nice finish when using spray paint is thin even coats!


I wanted just a nice matte black for my chairs and decided to use rustoleum brand flat black. The coverage was surprisingly good!

2 coats of black

I ended up needing to do 2 coats of black on each chair using roughly 3 cans of spray paint. The flat paint finish turned out even more perfect than I expected! Looking at these chairs, I’d never suspect they’d been spray painted.


Honestly, spray painting furniture is such a simple and easy way to give them a quick update. Just remember to hit every angle and keep it moving to avoid runs!

I’d still like to add a rug under the table to help brighten the space, but I love classic black with a warm wood table.

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  • Pat C
    on Aug 30, 2020

    The chairs look fantastic! I would love to do mine, but I am really terrible at using spray paint.

  • Renz
    on Sep 14, 2020

    I will. I didn't know I need "bonding paint " when I've used the primer and paint in one can. Maybe that's why it rubs off occ. I don't see where it says "chalk paint"

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