Let’s chat about my chair makeovers. It’s not quite as much drama as some recent posts but it is something that most of us could agree on. Kinda like how we all agree Johnny Depp is a jalepano of a man…SPICY!
You may remember that I have these old chairs…twenty-plus years old…they actually were in my mom’s kitchen when I was growing up. And they have surely seen better days. The whole set had six chairs – two with arms…but we only needed four.
I needed to update these for our new eat-in kitchen…but more than anything, they needed a quick makeover. Especially the fabric had to go…it was horrid. Sorry mom.
Jeremy took off the arms off the two that actually had arms…
A little wood filler later, we have four chairs ready to be primed.
I decided to use Zinsser’s oil-based primer because they had so many various surfaces. The round rungs would have been a terror to paint by hand. And then I would be required to clean the paintbrush or stick it in the fridge with the ten other paint brushes…and frankly, I would run out of room for the eggs.
True Value was the one that we can thank for this project. They provided the spraypaint (thank goodness they have a huge section dedicated to all things spraypaint!) One can did only a chair and a half.
Five cans later, they were finally ready. When it came to color, I went with red. Call me crazy. I’ll probably change it one day when we tackle making over the kitchen…but for now, I wanted a little spice in that room.
I also recovered the chair cushion with some discount fabric I found at Joann’s. Surprisingly, two yards was plenty to do all four cushions…and make a pillow cover for the couch.
What do you think?!
I love the fabric. I scotchguarded the cushions and so far, so good. The design reminds me of vacation. Like a day on the beach. I need one of those.
And you can also see that we removed the chandelier to give it an update too. More on that later.
So what have you been up to lately? Any spraypainted goodness? Anything red? Anything that reminds you of vacation? Anything you took twenty years off? Do tell…
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I am in LOVE with the red!!!! What a great, fun and definitely spicy color!!! Makes the kitchen fun and cheery (or cherry?)!!
The chairs look fantastic! Great call with the spray paint…my husband and I just refinished an end table that had some spindles, and it was such a pain…and there were only 6 total!
Tara R. says
CUTE and FUN!!!!
OMG Katie they are beautiful! They look absolutely awesome with the table! Such a fun pop of color! Definitely like a day at the beach. Those will be a nice punch of summer when the dreary winter hits!
Love the red with the wall color! Very fun and happy!
I was hesitant when you said red, but they look great! Excellent fabric choice too!
Absolutely gorgeous! xx
Jess @ Little House. Big Heart. says
That fabric is gorgeous! I love the pop of the cherry red against your walls, too (gorgeous molding, by the way)!
How did you scotchgaurd the seats? I’ve got a few things that are really needing some stain protection (like, oh, the white couch I told myself I’d regret).
The red really looks nice with the table, and that fabric is super cute. 🙂
I’m not gonna lie, when you said red, I was all, “say whaaa… seems crazy!” but they look freaking fantastic! So much, I’m inspired to makeover my own chairs… now if I could just get my hubby on board…hrmm..
Thanks for this post Katie!
We also live in the Atlanta suburb(Duluth). We are planning on house remodel. Can you suggest good places to hunt for wood flooring , garage storage and granite for kitchen. I can google it but value it coming from an experienced expert like you.
Thanks for your help
May not be dramatic, but it’s definitely what I needed. It looks beautiful!! Very farmhouse/beachy and very cozy. I inherited my great aunt’s dining set, and when we downsized houses – it became our main table and chairs. It is just not the finish that I like at all. I have been wanting to paint them white and recover the cushions. It has these veneer pieces interlaced together in the back so it has been intimidating me. Now, I will just use spray paint! I am also going to recover the chairs in (I know it sounds terrible) vinyl tablecloth material. Hancock has a cute black and white, not checkerboard, material. Perfect for my 2 & 4 year old girls who love to paint and color at the table. It will wipe off easily, hopefully. It’s a terrible light blue velvet material right now – holds every single crumb and paint brush swipe. Yuck.
While I can’t agree with you on Johnny Depp, I do agree the red paint looks really good!
Love it! So cheery, and the red looks great with the table-top you stained.
I LOVE those chairs!! Fabulous job Katie!! I recently painted some lamps for the guest room red and I’m pretty happy with the “spice” they add to the room.
Couple A Saving says
I love it! I honestly never would have thought of that…I think i am to afraid of color. You always inspire me to try to be a little more bold.
Go Haus Go says
Love the combination of red with those green-ish blue walls. Wowee!!! Looks great.
It looks great! I love how the chairs look with the dark wood table top!
[email protected] says
This makeover was gorgeous!! Question- did you use the same cushions or did you buy new ones? They look a little flatter but maybe its just my eyes… Either way I love this entire look! FAB!
The Monogrammed Mrs. says
amanda wilkinson says
Wow! They are so bold but I really love them! I love your kitchen table as well. Looking great!
Love! Luv! LOVE!
LOVE the red!!! Makes me want to do a dining room makeover!
I love it! I’m getting ready to tackle a similar project with my table and chairs. Thanks for the tip about spray paint! How did you scotch guard the cushions?
Katie Palmer says
I am so glad you did this post. I recently inherited a table + chairs from my parents. They stained and sealed everything in a semi-brownish color which is lighter than I want it. I really want to change the look of the table/chairs, but the thought of sanding all those chair rungs (6 chairs in total) made me want to cry. So this post is giving me the “kohones” to just spray paint the chairs since yours turned out so great. (Maybe even add a little seat cushion)
Did you also DIY the table? I love the look of that table top and it would be manageable for me to tackle a large flat surface with sand and stain. Thanks for the inspiration!
Meagan S says
YES!!! so glad to finally get a full view of the chairs, instead of a tease of a red chair peaking into another picture. haha. they look fabulous. I love a fun colored kitchen chair!
Like some of the people leaving comments above, I may have done a double take when i read “red”…but totally love the way they turned out! I love the fabric choice as well! What a cheery way to wake up!!
I love it! Great transformation. I have a farmhouse table and bench too! I’m still looking for the right chairs, right now we just have our old ones… I’m loving the red!
Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst says
I love the way the bright cherry red goes with the muted blue in your kitchen. It looks fresh and fun 🙂
I like the red, I bet it looks nice with the red accents in the family room, too.
Love love love the red and the fabric!
I want to do this to my chairs, now!!!!
Katie, these are beautiful! What a great twist and a fun way to give these chairs new lives!
They look absolutely awesome. LOVE.
John…just admit it. He’s spicy. Even Jer thinks so 🙂
xo – kb
Urban Wife says
That fabric…I die. Absolutely gorgeous and the red chairs contrast so nicely with the dark table. Love, love love! Great job, KB. 🙂
Take the piece outside and use Scotchguard spray to apply multiple thin coats. It can be fumey and they recommend testing it first on a hidden area of fabric…but it seems to help!
xo – kb
Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove says
I love the color you chose and that fabric is perfect! What a great make over! Are you keeping the 2 extra chairs and using them elsewhere in the house??
The other two chairs were definitey too broken for quick repair. We decided to keep them for now (just in case we need the parts) but more than likely they will never be suitable for anyone to sit on as is.
xo – kb
LOVE IT! gorgeous redo. Great work Katie!
Looks so great!!! I can never get my husband to do anything with color! Our whole house is decorated with different shades of brown and grey… Blah
My question is, why did you use the 2 with arms when there were 4 without arms?
LOVE the chairs and fabric!
Love the country chic! It looks fantastic! That might be the inspiration I need to recover my 6 dining room chairs. Thanks!
I Love that fabric! And the chair look so fresh in that kitchen!
Love the red, love the fabric. I gotta put my big girl panties on and try to redo something in my house, or finish our dresser that has been sitting drawers painted with no hardward for like 2 months now!!!!
[email protected] says
Delicious! I love them with the dark table top. Great choice!
I actually really liked them white (primed haha). The red is not my personal cup o’ tea, but glad you did what makes you happy!
They look really great. I’m glad you went red. Everyone seems to be painting everything the same blue/green/grey combo. Your house has such a classy, nautical look to it. Not nautical in a bad, overdone way………a really classy, crisp way. Like a Polo store without the little horse stamped all over everything. 🙂 Great job.
Good choice! I’m in love with the red chairs, the fabric and the bench seating! Nicely done, KB.
Sarah K says
It looks gorgeous! Now I didn’t do a double take on the red chairs (I may have spray-painted some of my own chairs red in the past), BUT I have to be honest, every time you showed those chairs, I thought, What is Katie thinking? There’s no saving those chairs and making them work with the aesthetic of her house! Anywhoo, guess who was wrong? Little ol’ me. Because those chairs look AWESOME! Especially with the table and the wall color and the fun seat fabric. LOVE IT!
Awesome!! How long did the project take? I ask because i have four chairs of my own to .kill/give life to.
Sarah @ Redhead in Ruffled Flats says
I was a little skeptical when you said you chose red, but you were so right with that color choice! They look great! I’m sure it ties into the living room well, too, unless you’ve gone and changed the color scheme in there!
The chairs look absolutely gorgeous – I love seeing dramatic makeovers.
I lurve the red! I just spray painted a mirror banner red, b/c i already had the can. then i toned it down with a little brown craft paint. too bad i am chicken to actually blog or i could share! Love following your crazy life and home renos!!
Lindsey G says
Are you kidding me Katie?! These look awesome, like really awesome! Not that i’m doubting your abilities to do this AT ALL. Im just loving them that much!
love love love it! Do you know what the name of the red fabric is? I especially love the red chairs with that dark stain on the dining table.
Ha! I’m in the process of the same thing! but my chairs are a snore compared with yours-mine are just going to be all white. But i did snag the upholstery (it’s actually drapery liner!) for 50% off this weekend. I hope to have them done soon….weather pending!
Lisa R. says
Super great choices!!I love the chairs and the look! Great job.Lisa R
Nice job, the chairs look beautiful in red. I would like to see about the cover seats with fabric, any pics?
I love them…that red is so Sarah Richardson
Really digging the red against the color of the walls. So, between the table re-do and now the chairs, you’ve spent so little for the entire eat-in area! Looks awesome. I have an old clipper chair in a dark stain from Crate & Barrel. I am so sick of a ton of brown wood. It’s in my boys play area and I was thinking the other day red would be a fun pop. I can do a fun fabric too for the cushions…
Looks fabulous! The red really makes me happy and the fabric is adorable. Good job Katie Bower (and Jeremy)!!
Love it! I really like the red with the kitchen paint color. One of my fav color combos. I love that you can make such a traditional looking chair all new and shiny again.
Do you spray a clear topcoat too?
Emily A says
I do love those chairs!!
Love the fabric!
Kim S says
What is this paintbrush in the refrigerator trick you speak of? Is that a way to not have to clean them in between coats? I’m in the middle of a cabinet painting project and it would be great to know if there’s some trick that I’m missing that would cut down on the number of times I have to clean the brush…
Hi Katie! Love your “new” chairs! As an alternative to scotch guarding, I bought a heavy duty clear shower curtin and cut covers for my chair material and just stapled both layers at the same time. Great wipability! One problem though is that after a few months with my toddlers, the plastic has torn so I need to take the seats off and reinforce the plastic with duck tape maybe? Next time I will reinforce at the start of the make over!
Michelle @ Ten June says
Absolutely love it, Katie!! I never would have gone with red but you nailed the color- it’s perfect in that room! Especially b/c you’ve got hints of red in your living room. Job well done, friend.
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List says
Loving the white and red contrast! The fabric was definitely a great find – works so well, Katie!
Love the color and fabric you chose! Nothing red here, not that daring. Most of the time I paint stuff white. Pretty boring 🙂
I love them. When you first said red, I was like “meh”… but they turned out great!
Linda G says
I love this project! I wish I had the vision to create something this nice.
The fabric is fun and has a vacation vibe right now, but the red will still work in the fall and this will be super at Christmastime, too! Have you noticed how the magazines always feature homes with red walls or furniture in their holiday issues? Everything looks better with the right backdrop!
Love the red chairs and what a gorgeous fabric choice! It goes great w/ your refinished table! You and YHL got me on a spray-paint kick and I cleaned out WalMart’s supply. We too live in the Atlanta ‘burbs (Newnan), so once I save more money, I’ll have to book a photography session w/ you. I don’t mind driving all the way over there. I have a baby girl about to turn 1 and I’m sure your skills will do her beauty justice. Keep up the great work! -Jenn
I LOVE these!
Oohhh…purty…LOVE the red chairs and especially the fabric that you used for the seats. And I don’t even like the color red! =) Was wondering…where did you get the bench that’s at your table? We currently have a table and six chairs in our tiny dining room and it’s just too crowded in there, so I thought benches might be a good space-saving solution but I haven’t seen many around.
They are GORGEOUS! Love it w/the bench… so sweet!
Sarah K says
Those look great, the red was a good choice
You should look at painting the table legs black or dark grey.
Katie, did you sand the chairs beforehand at all?
katie, i LOVE the chairs. i knew they’d be fabulous someday, but i’m really over the top for the red and the awesome fabric you chose! i’ve been wanting to spray paint something red for a while now and just made a large chalkboard for my daughter out of a huge old painting and did the frame in red. then, after loving it so much, i thought i needed to finally do some actual furniture in red (since i always choose white or black). i did 2 matching endtables and i love them!
i’ve been a reader for a long time now and hardly ever comment, but i wanted to let you know that i absolutely love your blog! you are fab and hilarious and that’s just what i like!
Karen @sugarspicelivin says
So great!! I did the same thing this weekend- one chair is white and the other- a bright emerald.
LOVE it Katie! But for a douche like me, would you provide a tutorial of how you recovered the fabric? I have 4 chairs that need desperate change of upholstery!
Red has surprisingly become one of my favorite accent colors too! The chairs look great, very fun and cheery!
They look fantastic! Such a great color and fabric combo. Love the shape of those chairs, and that now your little munchkin gets to grow up with the same chairs you did! fun
Looks amazing!!! And I also wanted to tell you that I downloaded PW Photoshop Actions and with your tutorial (waaaaay back when) on the Bring Out The Eyes Action…my photos are looking amazing! Thanks for posting the tutorial, it is much appreciated!!
When I first started reading I thought “I hope she paints them red” LOL
I love them! The fabric is perfect… so cheerful.
Those red chairs would almost make it pleasant to get up early in the morning. LOL
Did you sand the chairs before spraying them with primer?
I LOVE how they turned out! Red is my favorite color, so after seeing these I’m going to hit my local Thrift stores to see if I can find a cahir or 2 to spray red 🙂
I love the red with the light blue walls. My living room is a light aqua blue, and I’ve been dying to put some splashes of red in there. Glad to know it should work when I try it.
The red looks great! I never would have thought to go that route but love them with the table.
Melanie @ Mailbox Journey says
those are some hot chairs! totally in love over here.
Love the red and the fabric! Great Chair Makeover 🙂
They look awesome! Love the red against the wall color!
I’m curious, why would you put a paint brush in the fridge? I’m a seasoned diy painter and that trick is new to me. Would love to know since I’m about to paint a new big girl room and then a new boy nursery in the next month.
I’m not a big fan of Johnny Depp, but I AM a big fan of these redone chairs. So pretty! Love the fabric.
Do you really keep those cute throw pillows there, or is that just for your photo styling?
Wow! The chairs look awesome! When I first read that you were going with red I was a little worried about how they would come out, but they look just great. Especially with the new fabric.
Kristen W says
Those chairs look amazing! I love the color and the fabric! And I love spray painting…everything. Here’s a little copper pot redo –
The chairs look fantastic! I love the red.
Kate Foster says
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the red chairs! I love pretty much anything red. I’m wonder if I could pull off red chairs with my key lime kitchen? Honestly, I don’t care either way. Red it is.
Amanda C says
I have 6 chairs just like that that I need to refinish….did you sand them at all before you spray painted them?
Mine already have a layer of green paint on the backs and I want my new *unchosen* paint to stick!
LOVE!!! They look like something out of a magazine, great job! I think you may have just inspired me to paint my kitchen table (which is a dark dark color) to something lighter!
Love the red! And the fabric is soo pretty! I’d keep them like that forever!
Katie-wonderful job-I love the red. The red actually reminds me of a bathroom at a room in the old edwards inn and spa in Highlands, NC. Loved the white and red bathroom of the room we stayed in-I will have a bathroom similar too it someday!
I just spray painted my kitchen chairs red too! They were green before (a hand-me-down set). I was never a red kinda girl before (except for a little red in the border in our kitchen) but I love them so much! They are so bright and make me so happy when I go in the kitchen. I love your chairs and LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric! They do remind me of vacation 🙂
Fantastic! Did you have to sand the chairs first, or did you jump right to primer?
Ya! I’d love to know the same thing 🙂
Briel K. says
Wow, those look SO much better! I like the red!
Woo!! LOVE the red; the fabric pops just right! 🙂
I LOVE these chairs! I totally want them!
I totally didn’t think you could make those chairs look good, but I love the red!
The chairs look great!
Rachel @ Common to Moms says
The red looks fabulous with that kitchen table! It’s amazing how those colors are really livening up your kitchen (same in the living room)- and you haven’t even painted yet!
Rachel @ Common to Moms says
PS Do you have plans to re-do the chairs in the dining room? Some fun punchy color would probably look good in there too! 🙂
The chairs look AMAZING! I love the fabric… It adds such personality to your dining space. Painting furniture is not the most fun thing to do, but the end result can make such an impact… Great Job!
Love them Katie! They look amazing. So inspiring, maybe it will get me out of my un-creative rut:-(
thanks for sharing.
My heart is going pitter-patter for those chairs! okay really the whole dining room table set-up. Must.have.red.chairs. now.
They really turned out great! I am impressed. I had some OLD chairs and a table and finally bought new ones, now I’m wishing I’d given them a second life. Great job.
ooh katie, those are so pretty!! that’s probably one of my favorite projects of yours ever. love it! 🙂
Gorgeous! I absolutely love the color and fabric – and they look amazing with your wall color!
Maybe one day…but we hardly use it so for now it’s pretty low on the priority list.
xo – kb
We definitely sanded over the areas that were patched (the arm holes) but other than that, we went straight to primer!
xo – kb
Nope – just sanded the spots that were filled with wood filler and primed the rest as is!
xo – kb
We actually keep the brown ones there now…as shown in that first picture – but yeah, it wasn’t just for the photos 🙂
xo – kb
I wrap up paint brushes in seran wrap and throw them in the fridge to keep them from drying out. That way I don’t have to clean them between coats 🙂
xo – kb
I love the way they coordinate with the paint on the wall. It’s all just so pretty!
AHHHH THOSE ARE GORGEOUS! Come and redo our kitchen when you are done with yours?
Thats what I’m talking about – a fabulous makeover by Katie Bower! I know you’ve been super busy with other stuff, but I just LOVE seeing makeovers like these 🙂 The red is perfect and I LOVE that fabric!!
We only sanded where there was wood filler (like where we removed the arms)…other than that – it’s all primer 🙂
xo – kb
love love love the RED…I am currently looking at my drab table thinking I now need to have red chairs. I am sure if I looked SUPER hard I would find the color of your kitchen – but what color is that anyway? I am IN LOVE!
Oh my goodness! SO cute! Love the way they look with your table!
Here you go Sangeetha – it’s an oldie but a goodie 🙂
xo – kb
We sanded on the wood filled bits but that’s it!
xo – kb
Goodwill! It was so cheap but I betcha you could build one custom for your spot on the cheap too!
xo – kb
LOVE the red chairs with the color of your walls…beautiful!
You are so right Linda! I can’t wait now 🙂
xo – kb
Yup – just wrap that bad boy in seran wrap and stick it in the fridge. It’s amazing 🙂
xo – kb
Nope – no topcoat – just lots of red coats. Haha…that made me laugh.
xo – kb
I didn’t take any progress pics…but if you need a tutorial here you go!
xo – kb
I don’t know the name – I actually bought the last couple yards at my local Joanns – but it did come in other colors like this beautiful blue…so maybe you could go ask and they might have it in red?
xo – kb
I’m in love with these chairs! Love the colors and fabric. It reminds me of a vacation too, which I really need.
Oh wow, the chairs look great! That fabric is really cute!
By the way, be sure to enter my Shabby Apple dress giveaway!
Have a great week! 🙂
Jessica G says
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. i love love LOVE the red. seriously, that was a genius decision. and Johnny Depp would love them. they’re as spicy and fun as he is! and kid-friendly! he LOVES kids. 🙂
love love love the red!!
Seriously DARLING! Just when I thought my old hand-me-down chairs had no hope, I’ve been inspired!!
So amazing! It looks really good!!
Katie…we painted some kitchen chairs we found at a thrift store…did you paint anything on top of the paint? We did not, but now, after living with them for quite a few months wish that we had, as all the little fingers that touch them leave quite the sticky, nasty, icky mess that is hard to clean off from just the spray paint. Any idea of a good product to put on top of the paint?
When my older daughter was little and just coming out of her highchair, I got a clear shower curtain liner and covered the fabric seat at just her seat at the table to protect the fabric until she was less messy. That way the four chairs looked the same but hers was better protected – even the scotch guard wouldn’t do the trick w/ yogurt! Just a tip for when Will gets a bit older!
Erin @ The Great Indoors says
I’m glad there’s someone else who keeps a store of paintbrushes in the fridge. I’ve got at least three in there right now since I’m in the middle of a few projects. 🙂
P.S. Love the chairs!! They’re gorgeous!
LOVE them….love the fabric too! Very cute.
REALLY wanted to know how you guys fared through Irene. Love the chairs! But any post I suppose is a good sign that your family is safe and sound. Prayers to you and yours just the same. 🙂
Love the chairs, it looks great! I love red! My father in law made a bench for our hallway and I painted it red. I also have 2 doors in my house that are red, plus my kitchen is red. The fabric is great too!!
I think the chairs would look great painted black…and with the same fabric in a bright YELLOW! But that’s the beauty of blogging; you get to see inside other people’s lives and understand their perspectives compared to yours. I definitely see Katie Bower in these chairs. 🙂
Also could you pretty pretty please try to colormatch that “toothpaste” color? I love it so terribly much. Thanks!
To be honest I was skeptical of you reviving those chairs, but they look amazing!
Haha! That’s awesome!
The red coats are charming! The red coats are charming! (on your chair, that is.) 🙂
Charlene Austin says
Shut up! Holy freakin’ batman those look incredible! Good job!
It seems that you might have a layer of grime…in which case, you will need to do a deep cleaning before protecting your paint job. I recommend using a clear polycrylic spray…it’s a poly but in the spraypaint form so it’s much easier to apply. Hope this helps!
xo – kb
We didn’t even get rain. I was kinda bummed since we live in constant drought. Although after Sherry texted me photos on Sunday, I was thankful that nothing came close and was just in my little prayer closet hoping that everyone stayed safe.
xo – kb
Do you mean the color in our kitchen? Or the living room? The LR is toothpaste, the kitchen is turquoise…but I plan on color matching both one day 🙂
xo – kb
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, those chairs! It makes me want to find some old chairs and spraypaint them. You did a great job. Oh, did I mention I love the chairs?
They look great!
Paint seems to make everything better. I love the makeover! I wasn’t sure about those chairs at first but they look fantastic. Great job! 🙂
Kristen @ Old House New Folks says
Perfect! Red and light blue is one of my favorite color combinations, and this does it perfectly. The dark wooden bench warms it up some too. Love it!
That is an awesome makeover! The color…fabric… everything about them is perfect! Love it!
Jane @ The Borrowed Abode says
Ooh! This is awesome. I’m really loving fun colorful chairs right now. I need to get my butt in gear b/c we have lived here over a year and still have no dining table or chairs. I’ve been a bit distracted, though. here’s why: http://goo.gl/zujRO 🙂
Yeah, but what’s the fridge do? I’ve saved mine just by putting them in a zip lock bag and leaving them out on the counter.
Love the red! I’m forever suggesting painting furniture to my husband. I’m bookmarking this project to continue the brainwashing! 😀
So many wood chairs I have seen / known have a thin layer of sticky grime on them – probably from skin oils where people touch them. You know, the kind you can scratch away with a fingernail and the wood is a lighter color underneath?
Any recommendations for products to clean this off, or is it safe to go straight to primer and paint?
You’re fancy. tee hee xo
I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I saw the pics at the beginning of the post, but … Wow. Those. Chairs. Rock.
Absolutely love them! That breakfast nook has taken on a whole new life!
heather C says
Yes – please share how you got the table top to look like that (if you DIYed it!)
Love that cherry red!!! Especially with the blue walls, can’t deny that color combo! Great job!
DIYing it isn’t as hard as it looks…here’s the link to how I did mine 🙂
xo – kb
The chairs look great!! At least 20 years younger, except it always bothers me when DIYers suggest spray painting stuff because it’s expensive! Five cans of spray paint x 2 (primer + color) almost negates the cost of the update to me…. Thanks for being honest with how much paint it took.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! they look terrific!
Oh – heck yeah spraypaint can be pricey. You could always cut the cost by priming it with a brush and then only spraying the topcoats. But seeing as how the chairs were free, I doubt I could get them for the cost of my 10 cans, ya know?
xo – kb
Agreed! I thought you were crazy for keeping them but they look so good! I would never have the cahonas to paint anything red. Well…except my living room walls. Which I did (http://accordingtoboyle.wordpress.com/our-home/). :p
I LOOVE THESE! Red is an amazing colour. AND THAT FABRIC. Yum 🙂
all i can say is i LOOOOOOVE them!…LOVE!!!! fantastic job! 🙂
I LOVE the red and the cushion fabric!!! I have a dark cherry colored table and have been trying to decide if red chairs would look good. Your chairs are giving me inspiration to go for it. Now I just have to find some chairs to spray paint. I also love your fabric choice. I have decided however until my children are older I need a wipeable surface:( You should see the damage they can do with a plate of spaghetti!!!
They are too cute! Love the contrast between the table and chairs.
LOVE the red! Especially with the wall color! Good choice.
C-U-T-E love the red with the blue. That takes some vision! Even my husband looked down at the computer and said CUTE!
Wow when I first started reading I thought ‘red oh no that doesn’t sound good’ but it looks AMAZING!
Oh. Man. So. Gorgeous. 🙂
Lori in OR says
Exactly what I thought! “Even Katie Bower cannot make those chairs work in her home!”
I’m glad I was wrong – they are so cute!
Color me amazed! I REALLY was not sure where you were going with those chairs. I absolutely did not see the fabulousness coming. They look great! I love the red and I really love the fabric.
I think Ana White’s blog has a few plans for building benches, for anyone who may be interested: http://ana-white.com/
Katie, one question you may have already answered, but I didn’t see it: do you scotchguard before assembling the seat on the chair frame, or after? (or do you scotchguard the fabric before even cutting it up?). Thanks!
I agree with everyone who said they love the red, what a pick-me-up!
Beautiful! Love the red – it’s an unexpected pop of color and it looks fantastic. Love the fabric, too!
I just have to repeat what everyone else is saying….LOVE the red chairs and the fabric, is awesome. Glad your not afraid to add pops of color it looks great, and it inspires me to be more gutsy with decorating and color!!
Did you paint/stain your kitchen table yourself? It’s great! If you did, can you share your technique? Thanks!!
LOVE them! My mother-in-law (who we call Martha- as in Martha Stewart) always says everything looks great with a little read spray paint. 🙂
I did and I did 🙂 Just search “tip top table” in the search bar and you should find it straightaway!
xo – kb
Hi Katie, I just came across your blog as I sat and did my research about distressing my kitchen table (which I am doing this coming weekend while my husband is out of town 😉 ). We need a makeover BADLY on our table. Originally, I wanted to go with the black distressed look but I have to say…your blog inspired me to the core. We have a rectangle table with 4 chairs and a bench. I looked thru your blog regarding your bench…did you use the same dark walnut stain on it as you did to the table top? Did you also make it to where it is glossy? As for the legs of the table..did you ever do anything to those from when you bought the table? Did you repaint and distress them yourself? You are so very talented…love your blog! Thanks for the great idea…I think I am going to try this over the weekend. How long did it take you from start to finish on the table as well as the chairs? Is the paint holding up on the chairs? Thanks again!
Did you use a polycrylic spray on your chairs as well or did you just use the spraypaint listed on your post?
Just the spray paint listed…but that is mostly because I want to distress them later.
xo – kb
Whew Amie – I think I just had a seizure reading all those questions! I’ll try my best to answer them all without seizing again…
1. I haven’t posted the bench makeover yet but soon you’ll see the post about the bench makeover….in which we did restain the top to the dark walnut and we painted the base.
2. Yes we added poly on top for protection.
3. We didn’t yet but we plan on just painting them white for a cleaner look.
4. Nope – we actually haven’t touched the legs yet except to clean them.
5. It took me to redo the table from start to finish about six days (waiting a day in between coats to make sure it was nice and dry).
6. the chairs took me about three days
7. Yup the paint is holding up fine!
WHEW! did it! gotta go lay down 🙂
xo – kb
LOL! Thanks so much Kate for answering my million and one questions. I appreciate it. One more question…I swear! what color did you paint the base of the bench? (see, you should have just lied and said you stained it… 🙂 )
Just some leftover paint I had….I think it was BM’s Antique White.
xo – kb
Amy @ this DIY life says
I’m completely in love with that fabric! I just painted an old dining room chair for a swing outside (http://thisdiylife.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/just-a-swingin/)
I didn’t have much time to look through every comment, but can you tell me what color red you used? And what color wall paint (and brand) did you use? As well as the trim? I love this entire look. You did a fantastic job! (Sorry if I’m making you repeat yourself)
The red was a spraypaint – Krylon’s cherry red and the wall color & trim color is unknown (it was here when we bought the house!).
xo – kb
LOVE the chairs! The red and the fabric was a great choice! Everyone needs a little spice once in awhile!
[email protected], Trust & Pixie Dust says
These chairs look great. I love red, but never had the courage to use it! I enjoyed my visit to your blog – saw you on “Blog Crush”.
Love the chairs! I too am decorating with red. Not sure what color we wanted for our walls until I saw yours. Could you tell me what the name of the color and paint is? Thanks
I’d love to do that to my own oak dining chairs- but they are of a glossy wood finish. Do you think I would need to sand it down before priming?
Probably. The glossier the more work they take for a proper finish. I would normally say for most things just skip the sanding – but chairs get a lot of use, so better to do the little extra work and not have to redo it in six months 🙂
xo – kb
I LOVE your chairs! I am having my husband custom build me a table with 2 benches but love the idea of the red chairs at the end. Are you still happy with the way this turned out? Have they held up well? We have twin two year old boys so I need something that will withstand the craziness of my boys. Also, did you sand them? And if not, would you recommend it? Thanks!
Still love them. I think I might do another coat of red on them because some corners have worn off…and then I would definitely do a top clear coat over everything…and yes, I sanded them.
xo – kb
I think those chairs look awesome. I did a similar project with my kitchen chairs, but I’m discovering that I probably should have sprayed some poly (does spray poly exists? time to google…) on them afterward, because with all the use and banging around, the paint gets scuffed off pretty easily. Did you have any problem with this?
Just curious! =)
A little but not much. I think I would spray mine with poly too next time (yes it does exist!).
xo – kb
I can’t wait to try this on my kitchen chairs and I’m so stoked that you were able to do this with all spray products! I am not a patient person, so spray-painting is my thang 🙂
I love the chairs. I too have chairs with spindles and would like to add a cushion for a different look other than just the wood. I was thinking the only way to achieve this is to cut out a section in the middle…just like yours have. I noticed that your cushion is bigger than the opening. Could you explain how that works? Is there a larger piece of material (wood?) that your fabric is pulled tight around? How did you attach the cushion to the cut out opening? If that makes sense?
anxiously waiting to hear…amy
Yes – the seat is wood and it has a layer of foam and then batting. You simply wrap the fabric over the cushion, staple it tight and then attach it to the seat of the chair by a couple screws.
xo – kb
Revisiting some furniture painting posts, when I realized the red print fabric on the chairs is also hanging up (as no sew curtains) in my dining room. Lol! What a co-winkie-dink!
so unexpected but LOVE the color. I’m redoing my chairs this week and wanted to know how many cans of paint it took you to spray paint your 4 chairs? (I have 6 to paint..) how long do you wait between layering primer and paint? how many coats?
It’s been a while…so I don’t recall how many cans exactly (maybe I left it in a previous comment?)…but I usually do about one to two primer layers (the second one is more for hitting the spots I missed the first time) and then I think I did 2-3 thin and quick coats of paint. I wait the allotted time it says on the can for it to dry.
xo – kb
I am in love with your wall color in there! What is it?!?! I have a red kitchen table and cream chairs, and i would love to paint my walls that color.
It’s called Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore.
xo – kb
Chanelle Anglesey says
I am trying to find the tutorial for your table and I can’t find it! I am really really REALLY interested in seeing how you did it!! Can you paste a link maybe?
Sure – here you go!
xo – kb
Chandra Beck says
How have the chairs held up to your kids now after some time has passed? I’d love to paint ours, but I’m concerned I’ll be repainting every few months with my rowdy bunch.
Could you tell me what the wall color is? We have red accents and love the color combination.
It’s Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan.
xo – kb
I have bought 4 similar chairs and I have been several days looking for any idea on the web. I will take yours!!!!!
thank you very much for that great idea
LOVE LOVE LOVE the chairs!! Im just wondering how they are holding up since no polyurethane was used? I was going to use chalk paint on my chairs but spraying them looks soo much easier!!
The paint job is fine (except for where it was banged into the wall and left a red mark on my white trim) but for the most part the problem with these chairs isn’t the paint. These are just old and now falling apart after four years with my boys.
xo – kb
I love your chairs. Can you tell me what the name of the wall color is?
Click on the link in the side bar to see the house colors!
xo – kb
Chairs look great!! But I had my eye on your tabletop the whole time!! is it stained or did you paint it to look like it is stained. I’m going through the process of wanting to pain my table top and I want it to look like yours but I can’t stain it. 🙁
Here is the post about the table top. It is stained. I also did a different technique later….it was paint with a stain over. Here is that post.
xo – kb