Updating old dining room chairs

I even add a few knicks and dings to match the cabinet as well. Hope to stay with me for upcoming posts about my dining room adventures! DISCLAIMER: Affiliate links are added which means I might get a dollar or two if you order some of the products 😉 I really just LOVE the products!Do you have great dining room chairs, but no longer love the color?

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I feel like this post has been in the works FOREVER! So I knew the dirty, stained fabric on the chairs had to go, and I figured I might as well get the chairs painted while I was at it.

Ever since we inherited a bunch of furniture this past year, I’ve been dreaming of giving each piece a fresh, new makeover, and my dining room chairs were at the top of my list! The painting process seemed SO daunting to me, and I must have Googled hundreds of pages searching the right way to do it.

Through a bit of trial and error, I found what worked best for me, and I wanted to share everything I learned with you so you can do it too!

I posted last week about how my dining room has goals, big ones! It looked amazing once it was all done and the garage smelled great…nothing like the smell of fresh sawdust!

I had this table made for me when we first moved into this house. Before I started to stain it, I treated the entire tabletop with Minwax Pre-Conditioner.

I wanted a rustic look so I decided on only a wax sealant and no poly sealant. Especially since this table is pine and pine is a bit more difficult to stain evenly.

So I brought it out to the garage one day and started to sand the top down.

Minwax 61500 Pre Stain Wood Conditioner, 1 Quart I kinda wanted it to match my printer’s cabinet from Pottery Barn.

I know you shouldn’t be matchy-matchy with your furniture but I wanted to go darker on the top and then paint the legs grey. Minwax 60910 Wipe-On Poly Polyurethane Finish Clear Satin, Quart Then I got to work on painting the legs. I painted the legs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – two coats of Old White then two coats of French Linen.

So I mixed up Special Walnut and Dark Walnut from Minwax to try to match the PB Tuscan Chestnut stain. Minwax 70012 1 Quart Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Dark Walnut Minwax 70006 1 Quart Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Special Walnut I stained two coats then added two coats of Wipe-On Poly from Minwax too. I distressed the legs a bit then buffed on Clear Wax. I think it’s a great match to my cabinet but the grey legs break up all the dark.

I’d like to get a bamboo rug under the table to really lighten up the space.

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