Kitchen Chair Makeover


This kitchen chair makeover project has been on my to-do list for months. I’m so excited to share with you how easy it is to change the look of a chair with spray paint and fabric.

I love the red!  It’s a bright pop of unexpected color which is just perfect for my breakfast area.

The chair started out like this – old, creamy and chippy. I love it, but I was ready for something different.

It is super easy to remove a seat cushion.  Turn over the chair and you’ll see where to remove screws that holds the seat cushion in place. Pull the screws out and set the seat to the side.

Grab a can of spray paint like my Krylon Dual Paint + Primer.

I sprayed this chair within an inch of it’s life.  Just fyi, I didn’t sand the chair down before painting it. The little chippy edges intrigue me, so I wanted to keep them around. 🙂

While the spray painted chair is drying {you may need to do a few light coats}, remove the fabric from the chair seat using a screwdriver and pliers.

I a.d.o.r.e. this fabric that I found at my fabulous local fabric shop – Willow Tree Fabrics! The blue gray pattern and linen nubby texture is just perfect!

Cut a piece of fabric about 2-3 inches larger than the seat on all sides.

If you don’t have a staple gun, please go buy one.  I got my staple gun and staples for less than $17 at Lowe’s.  Please don’t use an office-type stapler.  You will get frustrated and you’ll probably break the stapler. Ha!

Begin stapling on one side, then staple the opposite side while pulling the fabric taut. Fold the corners neatly and staple ’em down.

{the red paint is not orangey red in person}

Use a sanding pad to gently rough up the edges and then if you so desire, highlight the chair by wiping on {and off} a lighter paint color with a rag. {I used Sherwin Williams’ Drizzle paint.}

Then, re-attach your newly recovered seat cushion!  Have I said that I love the fabric?  Oh, yeah, I did. I also love how the fabric and paint work together.

Did I take a risk? Yes. Am I happy? Yes.  I’m excited to see how this room comes together. 🙂

{happy and bright!}

{before and after}

I will keep you posted on the breakfast area progress.  I’ll just say that there is going to be some fabulous yellow going on soon!  🙂

Have you spray painted furniture before?

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  1. Love the chair and colors! I’m finishing up some chairs for my daughters’ house at college this fall. Exciting projects!

  2. As always, you’ve done a fabulous job!!!! I’d hire you to decorate my house anytime!!! I love your “vision” for each piece!!!
    Great chair (and colors) and I can’t wait to see the breakfast area completed!!!!!

  3. LOVE IT! That red is awesome! Think I’m gonna go thrifting today, you inspire me 😉

  4. I love it. I have a dining room set that is solid wood. Thanks so my two beautiful little girls it is scratched up pretty badly – thinking about refinishing it. Do you think the spry paint will hold up to two active kids?? Thanks for your thoughts!!!


    1. @Tammy, The spray paint should be fine with active kiddos. 🙂 You’ll probably need several light coats and then let the paint cure for a few days. Hope that helps!

  5. Awww I love the transformation! That red really does the old chair justice. I don’t even want to call it “old chair” as it looks totally brand new!

  6. I have two of these chairs sitting in my garage waiting for a makeover. I love how shiny and pretty yours turned out. I can’t wait to try the Dual paint too…one less step=good! I think I’m heading out to the garage now to get to work! One of the chairs is destined for my daughter’s new desk.

  7. It looks wonderful!!! Even though I am a lover of white and chippy, lol!!! Great job!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!
    I am having my very first link party and this would be PERFECT!!!
    It’s called Show Me How!!! ~ Friday ~ Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials ~ No. 1 ~
    It’s going on RIGHT NOW :))
    I would love for you to join the party!!
    And feel free to link up as many as you want :))

  8. Myra I have only 2 chairs & a matching Dunca Phife ,drop leaf table, it was given to me by my mother a few yrs ago. It originally had 4 chairs but lost 2 to my ex. Never the less it is an antique I have been told & in fair condition. I am not crafty but my daughter is & says I should redo it,with paint, but not sure wouldn’t it decline the value? I did reupholstered the chairs, and they look good. Not sure what to do:( Have any advice? ty

  9. I just had a very strong sense of deja-vu! The old fabric on that chair seemed familiar… Then I turned around and BAM, it was on my recipe card box!
    I found it at a goodwill a few months ago, perhaps someone really liked this fabric and just covered things they owned in it. Or maybe it was a coincidence. Either way, nice finished chair!

  10. Just came across your site through a google search for red chairs – I love those!! Any idea what the style might be called? Thanks so much, and wow – nice work!

  11. My dining room chairs are exactly this style only they are birds eye maple and I am wanting to strengthen the wood structure. If I stain them or put something on them would it make the wood less likely to crack? we started out with six chairs we now have five, one broke. I wood glued it together with a ‘piece of tape’ on the back of it so no one would sit on it. Well my husband did and it fell apart landing him on the floor. I want to keep the chairs but just need help with them do you have any ideas???

  12. I love the combination of cherry red gloss with that pale robin’s egg brocade. I have a chair makeover that has been on my to-do list for months also. I’m going with a celery green gloss paint and red toile fabric. I feel inspired now and have it on my list for THIS week!

    Faerl Marie

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