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How to revive old chairs

Watch the video, then follow the easy projects with step-by-step instructions below.

Just a splash or a spray of paint can transform tired old chairs into hot favourites. Here are 5 different ways

Spray-on chalk paint

You will need:

*Product prices may vary according to size and region.

Tip: Always spray paint in a well-ventilated area, and ideally wear a respirator.

Step 1

If possible, remove the seat of the chair from the legs to save yourself having to mask off the legs and seat separately. Spray the seat with two coats of Coastal Blue paint on all sides. This is a wonderful new product from Rust-Oleum giving an even, matt finish just like chalk paint.

Step 2

Seal the chalked paint with Rust-Oleum’s protective topcoat. It’s best to do multiple thin layers, allowing them to dry thoroughly in between.

Step 3

Spray the legs on all sides with thin coats of Ocean Mist. This is a vibrant new colour from Rust-Oleum and will look good in many colour combinations. Once legs and seat have dried completely, you can reassemble the chair.

Rose gold metallic

You will need:

  • Modo Universal Undercoat
  • Dulux PearlGlo – Brilliant White
  • Harlequin Real Metal Paint – Rose Gold
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 38mm paintbrush
  • Turps for clean-up

Step 1

Key the wooden surface of the chair with fine-grit sandpaper. Dust off with a damp cloth and allow it to dry before you start painting.

Step 2

Paint the wood with one coat of universal undercoat. This is an oil-based primer and ideally needs to be left overnight to dry properly.

Step 3

Apply two coats of white PearlGlo, letting the paint dry between coats. This part of your job is faster as the water-based enamel is a quick dryer.

Step 4

Paint the top of the chair back with the Harlequin’s new metallic paint. There is a range of colours, but Rose Gold is simply gorgeous. You will need three to four coats to get a solid colour. You can do the shape freehand or mark it up first with chalk, if preferred.

Distressed chalk paint

You will need:

  • Dala Fabric Spray
  • Fired Earth Chalk Paint – Bastille Pink
  • Fired Earth Chalk Paint – French Blue
  • Fired Earth Clear Wax
  • Bloc-it Painter’s Tape
  • Iron
  • Paintbrush
  • 100-grit sandpaper

 Step 1

Start with the upholstery and spray it with Dala Fabric Spray. You will need a few coats to get the desired effect. If you have a patterned fabric, the pattern will probably show through the paint. In this case, we liked the stripes. Allow the paint to dry between coats. If you get paint on the chair legs, you can just wipe it off with a cloth.

 Step 2

To set the dye, iron the fabric carefully.

 Step 3

Mask off the fabric using painter’s tape so you don’t get any chalk paint on it.

Step 4

Give your chair two coats of Bastille Pink chalk paint, allowing the paint to dry between coats.

 Tip: Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying of the fabric paint.

Step 5

Add two coats of French Blue chalk paint and allow each coat to dry.

 Step 6

Distress the paint by lightly sanding away the blue topcoat to allow the pink to show

through underneath. To keep the look authentic, focus your distressing on high-use areas, where scuffing and rubbing would naturally occur.

Step 7

Seal the chalk paint with two thin coats of clear wax, applied with a lint-free cloth. Buff the final coat to give the chair a sheen. Put your finished chair out of harm’s way as it takes about four weeks for the wax to cure and form a resilient finish.

Bright and shiny

You will need:

  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Modo Universal Undercoat
  • Modo Non-Drip Gloss Enamel – Fuzzy Peach (R7-A1-2)

 Step 1

Key the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, wipe off the dust and then give the whole chair a coat of universal undercoat.

Step 2

Once the undercoat has dried, add two to three coats of gloss enamel, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Rustic revival

You will need:

  • 100- and 220-grit sandpaper
  • 38mm paintbrush
  • Gripseal Wood Sealant – Grey

Step 1

Give your chair a thorough sanding, first with 100-grit paper, then with finer 220-grit paper to ensure a smooth finish. Then dust off thoroughly.

Step 2

Paint the chair with two coats of Gripseal, leaving the paint to dry between coats. After the first coat you may want to give the chair a light sand with 220- grit paper to remove any ‘hairs’ before applying the second coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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