DIY: Eclectic Dining Chairs

Check out this inexpensive and easy DIY project for some inspiration for an eclectic dining space. If you are in the market for some new dining chairs but don’t want to break the bank, we have the answer for you!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “they don’t make them like the used to”. Well that saying definitely applies to dining chairs on the market these days. Sure you can find some cheap ones that fill space and look pretty, but that is usually where it ends if you don’t want to spend a fortune.

So why not buy chairs that are “made like they used to”… buy vintage!

My second hand chair finds!

There are several places around this city to find second hand furniture. I found these chairs from various second hand stores, including “Useful Things in Parkland County“, “Blue Jar Antique Mall“, and “find“. Of course, you can always check out Kijiji too.

You can basically combine any style of chairs together to get this look… hey, that’s the definition of eclectic isn’t it?! One piece of advice I would like to pass along however, is to make sure that the seat heights are the same, and the heights of the backs are relatively similar. This will give you a more cohesive look.

Now lets get down to the physical labour portion of this project!

Step 1: Once you have found all the chairs you need, remove the seat bases.

Step 2: Give each chair a rough sand down with a 150-grit sand paper. From my past experiences, sanding makes all the difference when it comes to the durability of the painted surface.

Step 3: Wipe down all the fine dust off of each chair. I like to use a microfibre cloth to make sure that it doesn’t leave any lint residue behind.

Spray Paint
Spray Paint: Colour – Cleve Land Grey

Step 4: This is the fun part… It’s time to paint!! I like to use a spray paint (as opposed to a brush with paint) when painting my own furniture. My favourite is Plutonium Spray Paint. This paint gives you a hard, durable satin finish and it dries in 3-5 minutes so you don’t get any drip marks. This spray paint gives you a very professional-looking finish with no brush strokes!
* Tip – Hold the can 6-9″ away from the chair surface and move your hand in a swift, even side-to-side motion. Make sure to use multiple thin coats instead
of one heavy coat.

Step 5: This step is optional. If you want added  UV protection or a high gloss finish, you can finish off the painting with a clear coat of spray paint (any brand that has an acrylic or enamel base). I didn’t do this because I find this brand of spray paint to give a super durable finish all on its own.

Step 6: Upholster the seat cushions. Most furniture foam only lasts up to 7 years, so it is always a good idea to replace the foam while you have the opportunity. By upholstering all the seats in the same fabric, you will bring in a cohesive feeling to the overall look of your completed project.

Step 7: Re-attach the seat cushions and take a seat!!


Until next post, Elysia

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