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How To Paint A Vintage Chair In 3 Easy Steps

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

A few weeks ago I found a couple cute vintage chairs at a local yard sale. As soon as I spotted them I knew I had to have them (especially at $5 a piece!). They looked a little tired and worn and were very dirty, but. I knew that I could use some paint to bring these adorable vintage chairs back to life!

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While I was prepping to take “before” photos, my 4 year old decided to climb onto one of the chairs. She accidentally put her foot right through the center of the seat and created a huge hole! (Don’t worry, she didn’t get hurt!) Due to that incident, we learned that the chairs are definitely not sturdy enough to be used to sit in. So I changed my plans a bit, and I’ll be using the vintage chairs as decor instead!

Here are the before photos:

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

Materials Used

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps

Painting this vintage chair is so easy with this all-in-one decor paint. After using it you will want to paint all the things!

Step 1

First you will need to clean the chair of any dirt or dust. I used a damp towel to clean my chairs. They were very dirty, so this step took me a few minutes to complete. This is the only prep work that you need to do, because the all-in-one decor paint is clay-based and will stick right to the surface without any sanding needed! Virtually no prep work makes me want to do a little happy dance!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

Step 2

Open your decor paint, stir it up well with a stir stick, and apply 1-2 coats with your paintbrush. This is a quick drying paint, so you will want to work in small sections and watch for drips. If you do find drips you should try to brush them away quickly before they dry. If you do accidentally end up with some dried drips (I almost always catch at least one!) you can simply sand them off with sand paper or a sanding block. Then you can paint over those spots with some more paint!

While I was painting around the wicker seat, I had some areas near the back of the chair that were too narrow for my oval paint brush. I grabbed a small artists paintbrush and filled in these small areas with paint. Using the smaller brush helped me get into those small areas easily and with more precision. I ended up applying 2 coats of paint onto my chair, and then had to touch up just a few areas afterwards.

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

After the paint is dry you can move on to the final step!

Step 3

The last step is to seal your beautiful paint job so that it doesn’t chip or get scratched. I absolutely love this clear coat because it is VOC-free, very low odor, and has the perfect finish! It dries quickly and protects super well. I added 2 coats of the clear coat using a 2 inch paintbrush.

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

That’s it! Super easy and simple, the best kind of DIY project in my opinion! When using this decor paint, you don’t need to sand or prep the surface at all (besides cleaning). This makes it so fast and easy to use!

I am so excited to display this new chair in my home! It will be a great way to add some vintage charm and character!

How to paint a vintage chair in 3 easy steps!

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Did you love this DIY project? You’ll also want to check out my pink dresser makeover, my farmhouse coffee table makeover, and my simple DIY cake stand!





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  • Reply KCoughran July 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Wow those chairs are cute- !! The paint makes a huge difference!

    • Reply Leslea July 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you so much! Aren’t they cute?! I had to have them, and love them so much more now that they are painted!

  • Reply Joleisa July 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    This makes me want to go and do some of the three I’ve got. I also have a round table to go with it. I wonder if I could start a little business! Your steps are clear to follow, so thanks. I am inspired.

    • Reply Leslea July 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Joleisa! I’m so glad that you are inspired by my project. It is so easy and do-able, you can totally do it!

  • Reply Ann Snook July 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I’m not super into DIY, but even I could do this project. I love that you don’t have to sand before painting because that’s a real pain!

  • Reply Christina | From Under a Palm Tree July 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I have always wanted to do this! Ever since I first noticed the cute mismatched vintage chairs in Monica’s apartment on friends lol. I will definitely have to do this! I think these would so cute as decor too, like in a guest room with blankets and pillow stacked on top of it. Or maybe with like a stack of books on it. Very cute!

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