I’m going to start this post off by saying that this is not my original idea, I first read of the genius of spray-paint on my favourite DIY blog www.livelovediy.com.
As mentioned in the dinning room post, when we moved and bought new dinning room chairs, we had two of our old chairs left-over. I didn’t want to toss them, but I also did not like in their state. They were an ugly wood brown, while all our furniture is a dark or cherry stain.
*I’m a stickler for a holistic and consistent flow in the colour scheme of the house.
** this is what happens when your husband purchased an entire set of furniture, and you had to adjust all purchases from there-on-in to reflect a dark/cherry wood aesthetic.
*** Not hating on dark, cherry or natural wood, but commeon, let’s get some visual diversity!
Inspired by the posts on Virginia’s blog, and influence by the beautiful blue of our dinning room curtains, I ventured to our local hardware store to see what spray-paint was all about.
SPRAY PAINT IS AMAZING GUYS:
– It costs anywhere from 4 -9$ and runs the gammet from outdoor refurb colours, to different hues of the rainbow and metalics. The selection at your store is the only limit to what you’ll find.
– It’s easy to use! Shake it, and away you go!
– The Krylon brand I use will bond to anything. I can’t emphasize this enough, anything. I’ve used it on finished chairs, plastic, glass, glue, and fabric.
– It all dries fairly quickly, but I leave it out for an hour just to let the fumes dissipate enough.
– Coverage varies depending on what you’re spraying though. EX. some picture frames with weird angles required me to spray it from several angles to ensure even coverage, while a mirror fram can be a straight once-over and BOOM it’s coverage is complete.
– Having a drop-cloth and some masking tape would be a good idea if you’re just starting out.
With the chair, I used about two cans of blue, an hour of my time, and a drop-cloth. Because the chair had spindles for a back, it took a while to get all the nooks and crannies, not to mention all the ribbing on the chair legs. The look of professionalism really depends on how much time you have to spend on it, and your willingness to go over the same spot twice, three, maybe four times.
I laid the chair out on a drop cloth, weighed down the drop cloth (it was windy), and did the legs and seat first so that when I flipped it upside down not too much would run.
I suspect that if I had used a primer spray-can, it would have only taken me one can of paint, but that is something I’ll have to test out on the second chair, currently residing in the guest room.
TIP: When picking colours for chairs, keep in mind that people will sit on them. This sounds obvious, but hear me out. People track dirt and mud around all the time unwittingly, so it would be a shame if your creme coloured front-hall chair was covered with a dusty bum print.
The finished product nicely occupies the corner of our dinning room, and has come in handy when that 7th guest comes for dinner.