Finished (Almost) Dining Chairs

My dining table and chairs are (almost) finished!! I’m still adding the upholstery to the rest of the chairs but here is the first one I finished.

In case you forgot here is another before pic of the table and chairs.

I ended up going a different direction with the chairs and I’m so glad I did. My plan was to paint the chairs the same white as the table base but when I finished the second chair I just wasn’t feeling it. They just looked too “new” or something.

So I took some sandpaper and started distressing one of the chairs. I still wasn’t crazy about it. So then…I tried wiping a dark stain on it. that didn’t work. It just turned it a yucky beige color. Then I remembered the paint that I used on the edge of the table and it hit me. Dry-brushing! So that’s what I did.

Here’s the breakdown of how I got the look.

  • Step 1: I gave the chairs a good once over sanding with the power sander. Really just enough to knock the shine off so they looked like this.

  • Step 2: I painted the chairs with two coats of chalk paint and I lightly hand-sanded them between coats.

  • Step 3: I distressed the chairs with the power sander to make them look a little “beat up” or “aged”.

  • Step 4: I used the dry brushing technique to apply the slate brown paint.  This is where they start to look “weathered”. If you’ve never dry-brushed something it’s really simple. Basically you just put a tiny amount of paint on the tip of your paintbrush, dab it on a cloth or sponge to remove the excess, and lightly brush the paint onto the furniture with quick back and forth stokes.

I totally lucked out on the fabric. I decided to go to Hancock Fabrics one last time before I ordered any fabric online because I still wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. I couldn’t believe it when I found this. ( My fabric is a little more blue than this).

It was tagged $12.95 a yard and  it was on sale for 60% off that price which made it $5.18 per yard! Woo hoo! ! I went ahead and got four yards at that price even though that’s probably more than I need. I’m sure to use the extra fabric somewhere else.  So after I removed about a MILLION staples from the chair seats (while being stared at),

I started covering the chairs with the new fabric using my trusty staple gun.

I’m loving the contrast of the “aged” chairs with the clean look of the table base.  I cannot wait to get this room finished! My next step is to paint the room and figure out what I want to do about the window panels. I’ll repost when EVERYTHING is finished.

So what do you think? Would you have left the chairs white? Do you like chairs that match your table or do you prefer a “mixed up” look?

P.S. Little safety tips (useful if you are clumsy like me).  Always wear a mask when sanding and always wear safety goggles when using a staple gun. :)

Stay Tuned!


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  • Maria Kitching

    July 31, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I can’t believe this is the same set, they look great.
    Crafty Chic

    1. Stephanie

      July 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Thanks Maria! I’m just glad it turned out the way it was supposed to. Ha!

  • What I’ve Been Doing « The Styled Soul

    August 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

    […] So I haven’t posted anything in a while but it’s because I’ve been busy working on some things and by that I mean frantically trying to finish the dining room. […]

  • shmoopy

    September 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I dunno, maybe I would have left the chairs white, just because it really makes Lola’s eyes “pop”, kwim? But, overall, I think it looks great!

  • Yvonne

    March 30, 2016 at 4:39 am

    What was the paint colors used on legs and on chairs?


      April 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Yvonne! The base of the table is Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore I used Slate Brown from Sears paint colors for the edge of the top and on the chairs. But both paints were mixed by Clark & Kensington.

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