How To Spray Paint Dining Chairs

How to Spray Paint Dining Chairs

Do you have a project that you keep putting off?

For me it was painting the dining chairs!

That is until last weekend when Barry asked, when are you going to paint the dining room furniture and I said…

if you will remove the cushions, I guess I’ll paint the chairs today.

Before and after painting dining chairs

I can’t believe how spray painting the dining chairs changed the room!

Dining Chairs DIY-How to spray paint!

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And when I finished the chairs, I had to paint the china hutch.  You know how it is, one thing leads to another!

I used the  HomeRight C800766 Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer ,  I have used it several times and the results were great and fast. Just like with anything there is a learning curve. So what if you make a mistake when you first start, it’s water based paint, you can wipe it off. Trust me, you can do it!

For this project I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint and the color is Cobblestone.

I was able to paint and wet sand 6 chairs in an afternoon, tiring, but possible :)

Follow the directions to put your sprayer together, easy and very few parts!  Be safe, use gloves, mask and eye protection.  Wear your paint clothes!

This is what I did for my project:

1.  Put 1/4 cup clean water in paint cup.

2.  Fill  with paint to the 800 ml. line, stir well.  I used a new can of paint.  If I were using a pre-opened can, I would strain the paint, to make sure there were no clumps or trash in it. I mixed up the max amount, after all I was painting 6 chairs.  For smaller amounts follow the thinning directions included with the sprayer or just play around with it, like I did.

3.  Use the sprayer to paint the bottoms first and then flip the chairs over to paint the rest.  Chalky based paints dry fast, by the time I painted all 6 chairs, the first one was dry and I just started over.

4. Inspect the chairs to make sure you didn’t miss any spots, spray them if you did.  And if you are like me and find that you missed a few spots after you’ve cleaned up, just use a paint brush.

5. Wet Sand (video below)

6. After the chairs have dried, wax with Maison Blanche Lime Wax or top-coat of your choice.

Tips:  Because the paint dries quick, I finished the project the same day.  If you’re going to stop painting for 30 minutes or more, I would wash the sprayer completely and start over when you’re ready.  Occasionally the tip would get a build up of paint on it, I would just scrap that off with my fingernail.

This sprayer is easy to use and easy to clean.

Dining Chairs HomeRight Finish Max

Dining Chairs Spray Painting Dining ChairsChairs lined up on a tarp and ready to be refreshed.

Dining Chairs painted

Dining Chairs Liming Wax

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Dining Chairs #painted #waxed

Dining Chair #painted #waxed

Dining Chairs #painted #waxed

Dining Chairs DIY-How to spray paint!

I’ll be back with another post about the china hutch and another video about the Maison Blanche Lime Wax!

And if that’s not enough,  I’m changing the fabric on the seats.

Hopefully I will get that done this year :)
How to spray paint dining chairs #homerightspraymax #diyproject #paintedfurniture
Hey y’all  I am southern.  I was born in Alabama and live in Georgia and I realize you may need an interpreter 😉

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  1. Jeanie Gay says

    I always wanted to use a paint sprayer. Maybe I’ll try it sometime. Great job, Debbie! Love the current fabric seats.

  2. says

    I love it! So beautiful Debbie…and that is the way to paint chairs!!
    So fun to get to hear your voice! :) You sound just like my family who I adore (my Mom’s side in NC). We don’t have quite as much of an accent here in VA although my “up north” relatives sure think we do!! lol 😉
    I can’t wait to meet ya at Haven!


  3. says

    Hi Debbie, it’s been a while since I’ve come by for a blog visit…………love the chairs can’t wait to see the new fabric.

  4. Wendy says

    Love the accent ;-). Charming and calming.

    Love the chairs too!

    Have never been to the southern states; sweet accent

    Wendy – Canadian

  5. Judy H. says

    Your chairs are so elegant! You painted and distressed them so artfully. I have been to many a boutique and seen chairs not even close to this beautiful going for big bucks. I have an old, beat, round pedestal table w/ chairs similar to yours in my storage room. They’ve been there for years. I’ve always feared I wouldn’t be able to use a paint sprayer, so they have sat there…undone. You’ve given me reason to entertain the notion of dragging that set out and giving it a go. I’ll keep you posted! :)

  6. says

    I love the new look, Debbie! Great job! I also loved hearing your voice on the video. So smart to wet sand so it doesn’t get everywhere. Happy Mother’s Day! Pinning this beautiful dining set!

  7. Valerie says

    What kind of paint did you use? I’m curious because I’m just learning about chalk paint and wondered if anyone had managed to use it with a paint sprayer.

  8. Kallie Dent says

    Just wondering if you prepped the chairs to be painted before you painted ie.: sand, strip, etc?

    • says

      Kallie, I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint and you don’t have to sand or strip before painting. You just make sure your piece is clean before you paint it. Thanks, Debbie

  9. Pamela Bennett says

    Hi! I love, love, LOVE The way your dining chairs came out! Imagine my surprise when I realized MY dining that were passed down from my husband aunt and one-legged uncle (yep! It’s true!) are almost the exact set as yours! Mine have the fleu-de-leis back but not the detail on top. You originally caught my eye because I have been wanting to paint My dining room chairs. I was so excited to find some guidance on how to paint them! By the way, you and I have very similar dining room chandeliers as well! My was refreshed from an $7.00 buy!! Thanks!!

  10. Nicole says

    I LOVE this! I can’t wait to give it a try in my new house. From a fellow Georgian, I can say your accent is great. Please tell me your chairs aren’t a “one of a kind/thrift store score/hand me down” because I adore them! Where did you find them?

    • says

      We bought them at a furniture store in Arkansas, they are not antique, so I think you could find similar ones in the big box furniture stores! Thank you!

    • says

      It’s a great question Lisa, I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint and you don’t have to sand, usually when you use it! Thanks,

  11. says

    Debbie, I saw this on Pinterest and I didn’t realize it was you! I have been looking at my dark dining room set for months trying to decide whether to paint it. It was the hand painting that I didn’t really want to do-so spraying it-seems super easy and a day’s project instead of a week. I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    I just bought a brand new paint sprayer at a garage sale for $5! I can’t wait to use it! This has inspired me to use it soon! Also I have never wet sanded, I’ll need to give it a try! Thanks :)

  13. says

    I have never wet sanded before and gave it a try tonight as it’s raining on and off and we’re garageless… Well it’s a game changer!! Thanks for the little tutorial!

  14. Alaine says

    Just saw this on Pinterest, and I’ve been putting off painting my chairs and table…well, I just ordered this sprayer and finally will be able to do this project! Thank you so much! This will be so much cheaper than replacing this set, that I’ve come to dislike so much! Also have another piece that I bought to store some of my crafty items that has lots of cubbies on them and was dreading painting this…but not now!

  15. Lorie says

    Hi Debbie, I love your chairs!! I have a dining room set with a metal design on the back of the chairs. Can I get good results with the same technique? Will I need a primer or do anything different?

    • says

      Hi Lorie,

      Your results depend on the paint that you use. You can use chalk-based paints on metal, if it’s really shiny, you may want to lightly sand first (be sure to wear safety gear when sanding) and clean well. Follow the directions for the paint that you choose, it will usually say whether it’s made for metal or not or if you need a primer. If this is your first paint makeover, you may want to practice on another piece first.

      I hope this helps,

  16. Louise Adkins says

    I noticed that you answer questions even when the answer is already posted. How very kind of you.
    We Southerners are just that way! :)

  17. Teri Fleming says

    My first time to your site, Love the Chairs! Just yesterday I bought 4 oak chairs off CL that are 149 years old, hubby was not pleased, lol. Anyway I was wondering what you did to prep your chairs for painting. Also thanks for the tip on a good paint sprayer, he has wanted one to paint all the doors, etc in our home and I was overwhelmed with all the choices, and the bad reviews. Your dining room is fabulous, beautiful and classy. Love it and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your great blog!

    • says

      Thanks Teri, I used a chalk based paint and followed the directions. Sprayers can be tricky, with consistency, etc. just practice a little with it and you will be fine!

  18. Stefani says

    This is exactly what I want to do with my chairs!! I am looking to buy the paint online. The website depicts the cobblestone color to be very grey…would you say your chairs are grey? Based on your pictures, I would say they look more like the ivory color (which is the color I am going for). Just trying to decide which color is most accurate on my computer. :)

  19. Magdalene says

    Love the look. Did you have to sand the chairs first to remove the glossy stuff? Also, does chalk paint hold up well? I’ve only ever used Benjamin Moore or Behr, so I’m not familiar with chalk paint. I am planning on doing the same for some maple kitchen chairs. Thanks.

  20. Ellen says

    I wonder about using stain in a sprayer? I would like to restain my chairs & love the idea of being able to use a spray gun. Do you have any thoughts or did your machine say anything about stain?

  21. lisa says

    looks great! so glad I stumbled upon this on Pinterest…these are my exact dining chairs, and I’ve wondered what they’d look like painted!

  22. Clare says

    Hi Debbie,
    These chairs are gorgeous! I have had a similar project takin up my garage for months and my husband is not pleased. I was wondering how many cans of pain you needed? I’m planning on painting 6 chairs and the pedestal base of a table( I’m staining the top) and also did you seal the chairs? Or is it ok with this paint not to? Thanks :)

  23. tina says

    On a dining table would wax over the newly stained table or polyurethane? And on the painted legs wax or polyurethane? Im trying to antique the legs and chairs do I have to have a under color or can I paint sand soft wax and clear coat?

  24. Cynthia Crisp says

    I apologize if you have answered this before…Can you also wet sand any brand of chalk paint?
    Thank you~ Your dining room set looks beautiful!

  25. Barbara Martz says

    Hi! Would this same process be successful if I were to paint cream colored chairs with black chalk paint? How durable is this finish once it’s completed? Great tutorial, thanks!

  26. says

    Hi Debbie! I am over from Doreen’s to see how you used a paint sprayer. I didn’t know that you could use chalk paint in one. Is the piece that you are wet sanding also chalk painted or will that technique work with any paint?

  27. Kayla Jane says

    Hi Debbie!
    Love this post. 2 questions! Did you not have to sand the chairs before hand? If not that is awesome news for me. Also, if I don’t want the distressed look, do I just go on to the seal coat? And, will it stay not distressed if I do it that way? I guess that’s a total of 3 questions;)

    • says

      Thank Kayla for your questions! I used a chalk based paint, one of the great things about using it, is that you don’t have to sand. I just made sure they were clean. You have to seal the paint whether you distress or not. I used a wax to seal mine.

  28. says

    Hi Debbie, I know this blog post was from last year, but I hope you will see this note, and offer some advice. First of all I LOVE how your project turned out! Fantastic job… it’s really beautiful! In your post you mentioned the paint color used from Maison Blanche as “Cobblestone”. I’ve not used their paint before but am considering trying it out, along with the paint sprayer you used. When I looked up the paints, the on-line swatch of Cobblestone looks really gray on my computer screen, but in your photos of the project the chairs look to be a shade of white. Is that the photography? Are the chairs really a gray color? I would like to paint my bathroom vanity in a white color (but not too white), do you have a suggestion for me as to a shade to choose? They offer so many “white-like” options. Thanks so much for your help and advice. Warmly, Carolyn from CT

    • says

      I used a white chalk lime wax over the chairs, cobblestone without the lime wax is a beige-gray. Cobblestone would be too dark for what you’re looking for. I would suggest Oyster as a “not too white” color for you project. Good luck!

  29. Sue says

    How many cans of the Madison Blanche paint and wax are needed for the six dining room chairs?

    I have ordered the sprayer and am ready to spray my chairs!

  30. Julie says

    Just love what you did to your chairs!!!! Speaking of your chairs, where o where did you get them. They are the MOST darling chairs I have EVER seen. I hope you will respond.

    • says

      We bought them at a furniture store in Arkansas, they are not antique, so I think you could find similar ones in the big box furniture stores! Thank you!

  31. Andrea Smith says

    Did you sand the edges to get the distressed look or is that just how the paint you chose goes on? I love the look and I’m going to paint my own chairs!

  32. Jill Nelson says

    I love the chairs! Do you remember where you bought them? What brand they are? I would love to get some just like them….thanks!

  33. says

    Hi what inspiration for a beginner like me! Can you recommend a sander for small furniture, chairs, bookshelves, etc? I would really appreciate your expertise! Loving your blog!

  34. Tina says

    Debbie, what a great tutorial and the chairs look beautiful!!!! I was wondering 2 things: did you sand and or strip the chairs before painting? How many coats of paint did you do with the sprayer? I really want to paint my kitchen chairs, but cannot seem to find a definitive answer as to wheter or not they should be sanded/stripped first. What is your recommendation – keeping in mind that we have a dog and 3 little boys that are super active, so chairs will be used frequently!

  35. Tina says

    Debbie… these chairs look fantastic and what an easy tutorial. I do however have 2 questions for you:
    a) did you sand/strip the chairs first?
    b) how many coats of paint did you do?

    • says

      Hi Tina,
      I used a chalk based paint, so I did not sand or strip the chairs. I used 2 coats of paint where needed. Chalk based paint dries quick, so after I finished the last chair, I just inspected each chair to see if they needed more paint.
      Thanks for your question,

  36. Kimberly says

    Hey!! Love your dining room! I have a similar table and am wanting to paint it as well. How much paint did you use for the chairs? Also, did you paint the table as well, and if so, did you use chalk paint for it as well? Thanks!


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