Handy Woman; Don’t chuck out old chairs-give Them a cool & colourful new look with pain. Here’s how

PROJECT Painted recliner chairs

We gave our dated dining chairs or recliner chair a bright and bold makeover by painting the legs a contrasting colour to the main body. Mixing up the colours and styles of the chairs (check out the different backs) adds interest, too.

painting chair: make it more beautiful

painting chair: make it more beautiful

Step 1

Give your chairs a light sand to remove any old varnish or paint – fresh paint won’t adhere to a glossy surface. Clean chairs thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth, making sure you remove all dust from the corners of the back slats.

Select a suitable color for the chair depending where it is used, in living room, kitchen, or outdoor

Select a suitable color for the chair depending where it is used, in living room, kitchen, or outdoor

Step 2

In a well-ventilated area (or outside if it’s not too windy) place first chair upturned on a dropsheet or newspaper. Using spray-paint in your chosen colour (we used two different shades) spray just the legs of the chair. When dry, apply a second coat.

Step 3

Turn the chair upright. Using a paintbrush paint the seat and the back of the chair white. Leave to dry, then apply a second coat.

You can also design your recliner for painting on computer beforehand, make your recliner chair as a new chair

You can also design your recliner for painting on computer beforehand, make your recliner chair as a new chair

Step 4

Repeat steps above until all chairs are painted. Voila! An easy and affordable way to add interest to a dining room setting.

I love white color so I use white paint to make white dining chairs

I love white color so I use white paint to make white dining chairs

you will need

* Second-hand wooden dining chairs

* Sandpaper; clean cloth; paintbrush

* Dropsheet or newspaper

* Spray-paint for the legs – we used IronLak Interior/Exterior in Moberry, $10.95, and Plasti-Kote in Bright Red (on the chair at far left), $12.95, Mitre 10

* Regular paint for the seats & backs we used Porter’s Paints Eggshell Acrylic in Snow White, $39.90 for 1L

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