A wooden side chair that no longer suits your decorating tastes can be transformed with a bit of paint and become useful again for years to come.
If the chair is made of wood that has been stained or varnished the finish will need to be roughed up before applying paint. After sanding with a light to medium sandpaper, wipe the piece down with a slightly damp cloth. Most old chairs will have pits, scratches and dings which just serve to give more of an antique feel when finished.
Using a paint color of your choice and don’t limit yourself here, go for a color that will give your room a focal point, then begin with a nice coating with a small brush. The first coat of paint will serve as a primer for your project. It might take two or three coats to achieve the affect you desire.
Using spray paint might be an option if you have a space outdoors or have a shop area where the spray will not be a problem. When using spray paint, use several light coatings instead of trying to cover the area with a heavy coat. This will prevent the spray paint from running.
Old chair with a new look
This chair was painted a cream color and after the paint had dried was wiped down with a stain in order to give it that antiqued look. Even after many years the chair still look good. The worn look on the arms after years of use just enhances the affect of the original refinishing. The back of the chair was outlined with flat upholstery cording. The cording was glued in place. The open weave on the back of the chair gives it a distinct look and garners many compliments. The construction of the chair is excellent. You can see in the photo how the arms were crafted to give them strength. This chair has a stuffed fabric seat cushion that can be changed out to match your room decor. The arms and legs have a turned look on the front of the chair while the back legs and supports are straight.
Cane backed chair gets a new look
The hand caned look of this chair gives it real flare and charm. Placing the flat upholstery tape around the back adds to the overall look. The open cane work takes a little time to paint but is worth the effort in the long run. If you have an old chair with a back that has seen better days you may be able to replace it with a cane look. In order for the cane material to fit into your chair, the back must have a groove for proper fit. Whether reusing the old cane or a new product it must be soaked first and then kept moist as you work into the groove of the chair back.
Back of refurbished chair
The back of this chair has a very simple structure which made it easy to paint and refurbish. The cane panel had a neat look and the groove fit well into the front of the chair. The straight lines of the back legs and supports give it a good foundation and make it very sturdy. This chair has survived many moves from state to state, city to city and has remained in excellent condition. The arms have never loosened or become broken. The cover on the seat can easily be recovered in a fabric of your choice; a stripe, a floral or solid to meet your color needs. The paint finish is up to you. Make it a bright bit of sunshine in a yellow or a stunning black. Other found pieces of furniture like small tables or foot stools will complement this little chair. They can be painted to match or use a contrasting color.