Designer Inspired – Old Drab Dining Chairs Get a Fresh New Look

Thrifted dining chairs get a fresh new look

HI All!

Last week I shared my new Custom Farmhouse Table with you and today I am sharing part 2 of my total dining room make over.   This week I focused on giving my old dining room chairs an update. I added color dimension and texture while still keeping their vintage feel!

This is what my chairs looked liked when I picked them up from the thrift store.  They were pretty rough to say the least.  Old, squeaky, loose, marred and just plain old dirty.   Not to mention someone stapled fabric to the sides of the chair using an office stapler.  Pretty rough but at the whopping price of $40 for 5 chairs I was sold.  So home they went.

Before my blogging days I gave a few of the chairs a make over with some blue paint and enjoyed it very much for a few of years.  But after a couple of cross country moves, they were in need of a little help once more.   This time I opted for a color that was a little more neutral.  I wanted something that had a formal feel without actually being formal.  So after lots of pinterest browsing I finally found the perfect inspiration.

These Vintage French Square Spindled Chairs from Restoration Hardware are just beautiful.  And even though they are not an exact match to my thrifted chairs they do have a similar feel and oohhh that color!

So I grabbed my supplies including a can of Weathervein Wise Owl Paint and went to work!

After two fast coats my chairs took on a whole new look.  It is really amazing how quickly paint can change the look and feel of a piece!

To help bring out the details I dry brushed a very light coat of Wise Owl Paints Gold Glaze on the legs and bead embellishments.   This allows the light to play off of these areas a little differently drawing your eye to them.  Yet they don’t stand out as being different then the rest of the chair.  Its the perfect trick to draw your eye to those special little details.

Since these are our everyday dining chairs I wanted to give them a little extra protection so I gave each chair a light coat of verathane (affliate). This just helps protect them from everyday bumps and scratches. Keeping them looking fresh and new longer.




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