Updating Wooden Folding Chairs.

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We purchased 2 wooden chairs that were in great condition structurally, but needed an update. The material on the seat was still in great condition but the wood was another story. There would be lots of hours put into this if I tried to restore the wood and I just didn’t want to do that. So I’ll take you on the journey of what I did.

Here is one of the chairs. Looks decent enough, but closer inspection would show just how in rough shape they were. I didn’t want to put a lot of time into making them look good again, so painting, especially chalk paint which is so forgiving, was my easy choice.

I taped off the seat with painters tape and put on 2 coats of cottage white chalk paint.

When the paint was dry, I distressed them. I like to wait overnight for the paint to set up before I sand.

All distressed.

I sanded every surface because when they are folded up they need to look nice too!

They were sealed with this spray paint. I love, love this stuff. It comes in a can too so it can be painted on instead of sprayed. Spray was my best bet with this project.

And here they are done. A friend bought them who had just purchased a park model trailer. Space is very limited in their tiny space and she said she can use them inside and out!

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 28, 2020

    Did the vinyl seats not unscrew and pop out of the frames? I see countersunk holes that look like they may fit a hex screwdriver.


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