Metal Chair Makeover and “Magic” Chalk Transfer Method

7 Materials
4 Hours

Trash to treasure. One dollar thrifted chairs and a little TLC. It doesn’t take much to improve something with paint. Maybe you have some metal chairs lying around that could use a makeover? Maybe you can use the “magic” chalk transfer method to makeover a chair or make a sign or stencil something—there are endless opportunities!

Prep and Paint
  • Clean the chairs with hot soapy water
  • Put a coat of Fushion Mineral Paint Ultra Grip to act as a primer on the metal. You could paint or spray a primer as well.
  • Paint (add a second coat as well)
Chalk Transfer Method
  • Print out an image of what you want to stencil onto the seat.
  • Cut it to size and then color chalk on the back to cover all the ink lines.
  • Tape it to the surface.
  • Trace over the design with a pencil.
Chalk Transfer Reveal
  • After you trace the design, lift up the paper to reveal the outline! This is where the magic happens!
Paint the Design
  • Use a small brush to paint the design
  • Repeat chalk transfer and painting on the rest of the chair
Switch up the Design (optional)
  • I chose to do another design but using the same paint color so they would still match
  • For this one, I used painters tape to make a striped design which was a little faster and easier
  • These chairs were child size and used for a playhouse.
  • You could do this on any chair—an adult metal folding chair perhaps?

Suggested materials:

  • Black paint
  • Painters tape
  • Fushion mineral paint ultra grip
See all materials

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

  1 question
  • Brianna Brianna on Jun 02, 2020

    I'm curious about the play house...its very cute and I want to do one for my kids any suggestions?


Join the conversation