How to Do an Easy Dining Chair Makeover in 4 Quick Steps

by Home_ironandmaple

Wondering how to do a dining chair makeover? I recently scored a fantastic deal on Facebook Marketplace – five wooden dining chairs for just $60! While they had great potential, they were in dire need of a makeover.

In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll guide you through the process of transforming these chairs into stylish pieces that you can proudly display in your dining room.

Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a beginner looking to add a personal touch to your furniture, this project is perfect for you. Let's get started!

Tools and materials

  • Dining chairs in need of a makeover
  • Paint stripper
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Paint primer (choose one suitable for your paint type)
  • Paint (spray paint or paintbrush, color of your choice)
  • Paint sprayer (optional)
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheeting
  • Safety goggles
  • Disposable gloves
  • Respirator mask
  • Paintbrushes (if not using a sprayer)
  • Screwdriver (for removing seat cushions, if applicable)
  • Tack cloth
  • Clean, lint-free cloths
Dining room chairs before the DIY
Stripping the older surface off the chairs

Step 1: Strip Off the Old Surface

Begin by protecting your work area with drop cloths or plastic sheeting. Put on your safety goggles, gloves, and respirator mask for protection.

Apply the paint stripper according to the manufacturer's instructions, covering the entire surface of each chair. Allow it to sit for the recommended time, typically around 15-30 minutes, until the old finish starts to bubble or lift.

Sanding the chairs

Step 2: Sand

Once the paint stripper has done its job, use medium-grit sandpaper to gently remove the old finish and any remaining residue. Follow up with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and create a clean, even texture. Wipe down the chairs with a tack cloth to remove dust and debris.

Applying primer to the chairs

Step 3: Apply Primer

For this step, you can use a paintbrush if you don't have a paint sprayer. If using a sprayer, ensure it's appropriately set up for primer application.

Apply a coat of primer evenly over each chair, making sure to cover all surfaces. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. This step provides a smooth base for your paint.

Painting the dining room chairs

Step 4: Paint

Choose your desired paint color—I opted for onyx black for a sleek, modern look. If you're using a paintbrush, apply the paint evenly in smooth, long strokes, following the wood grain.

If you have a paint sprayer, it can make this step quicker and more even. Apply multiple coats as needed, allowing each coat to dry before adding another layer. Make sure to paint all the nooks and crannies for a complete and professional finish.

Dining chair makeover

Dining chair makeover

Congratulations! You've successfully transformed your old, tired dining chairs into stylish and refreshed pieces that will elevate your dining room's aesthetics.

This DIY dining chair makeover is not only cost-effective but also a fun and creative project. Remember to let the paint fully cure before using your newly madeover chairs.

Now you can enjoy the satisfaction of sitting on your handcrafted furniture and sharing the joy of your DIY success with friends and family. Leave me a comment and let me know how your project goes. Happy decorating!

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