Quirky Kitchen Chairs
What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Six old kitchen chairs with removable seat pads
  • Newspaper
  • Floral fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Valspar® White Primer
  • Valspar® Satin in Real Red
  • Valspar® Satin in Cameo Pink


It's easy to create a summery, countryside feel around the kitchen table. This decorating tip will quickly transform plain chairs into a really attractive focal point for your kitchen. Look around used furniture stores for some inexpensive old chairs to make over— this simple project is all about recycling furniture to create the biggest impact in a short time with a small budget!

Tip: Spray painting your chairs in two different contrasting colors will create a coordinated effect.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Make sure that your work area is properly ventilated, and lay out newspaper to work on.

2. Remove the chairs' loose seat pads and put aside. Rub the chairs lightly with coarse sandpaper to remove any flaking paint or varnish.

3. If the new color is lighter than the chairs' original color, apply a single coat of White Primer. Spray three of the chairs with Satin in Cameo Pink, and the other three with Satin in Real Red. Apply several thin coats leaving 5 minutes between each coat.

4. Lay the fabric on the floor, right side down. Place a seat pad on top, with the underside facing you. Cut around using the pad as a template, leaving enough fabric to fold around the edges and underneath—add an extra inch for tolerance. Stretch the fabric so that it is tight around the seat and affix it to the underside with a staple gun, folding neatly at the corners.

5. Place the covered seat pads back into the frame when the spray paint has dried.

Note: Always follow usage instructions on the reverse of Valspar spray paint cans.

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