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Chair Makeover

Chair Makeover

Chair Makeover

Chairs are not the easiest to paint.  But they look so good when they’re finished!

Chair Makeover

Once you’ve worked up the courage to tackle those spindles, be sure to clean your chair. I use Murphy’s Oil Soap mixed in warm water.

Chair Makeover

No matter what color I’m painting a piece of furniture, I always paint it with 2 coats of paint.  It gives you a more professional finish, even if you sand the piece and distress it.

The two coats of paint do not have to be the same color and they do not have to have a lot of contrast.

These two colors are not that different, but when sanded back, they create a nice contrast.

Chair Makeover

Painting and distressing is a personal preference.  There are no mistakes, please yourself!

Chair Makeover

I was tickled to see these cracks and crevices, it just added to the aged look.

Chair Makeover in blue

Don’t look at those spindles with dread,

just pick up your paint brush and get started!

Want to see more of my chair makeovers start with these:  No-arms Chair, Folding Chair, New Paint and Fabric Chair, Another Blue Chair 🙂


  1. This might seem like a silly question, but did you just paint right over that dark color or did you have to do any stripping? I would like to re do my Mom’s dining room set, but I would want it all one color (not distressed). It’s a walnut finish and worn in several areas as it’s quite old. But I wouldn’t even know how to strip the spindles. Or can I just go over the whole thing since I’m sure it would take at least two coats since I would probably be going with white?
    Thank you,

  2. Chair looks great! What kind of paint did you use? Did you use a primer or glaze to finish it?

    • Hi Ashley, I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint. I did not use primer or glaze. I used wax as a top coat, Maison Blanche Lime Wax. Thanks so much for stopping by to check them out 🙂

  3. What a great color, Debbie. Looks great!

  4. what an awsome color and finish. What brand of paint did you use and what was the color??


  5. Great little chair, it’s adorable! Love the color choice as well!

  6. Love that little adorable chair, great color choice too!

  7. I can’t even look at chair redo’s without breaking into a cold sweat. Then I take a deep breath and say to myself….. this chair isn’t at your house Bliss, all will be ok.

  8. What a great color! You are right about the detail of painting a chair- getting every nook and cranny!
    Have a great day,

  9. Love this! It’ll look great in your new island home! (hee hee!)

  10. love that little chair. i use murphy oil for everything in the house. sometimes I will just fill up some water in the sink, pour and let it sit. love the smell too!

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