For our latest home DIY project Tom and I decided to give some old dining chairs a splash of colour. I've been collecting wooden 'Ercol' style chairs over the last few months and have now amassed 6 mis-matching ones which cost between £3-5 each (plus one genuine Ercol which was £25 from eBay but covered in blotchy dark wood stain!)
After seeing some bright multi-coloured chairs on Pinterest we decided to give it a go ourselves and give four of the chairs a new lease of life.
For this project you'll need:
- Brightly coloured furniture paint (we used teal, lemon yellow, orange and slate grey) Note: you could use spray paint for a much quicker project, however the spray cans cost around £10 each, so it seemed more cost effective to buy tins of gloss, at around £3.50 each.
- Rough, medium & smooth sandpaper
- Gloves (don't sand without wearing gloves as Tom learnt! Ouch)
- White spirit to clean your brushes between colours
- Old newspaper
- Clear gloss finisher spray
- Varnish/wood stain (if you want to do the seats separately as we did)
- Masking tape
- Elbow grease!
The whole project for four chairs cost us around £70 in total including the cost of the chairs, which isn't bad considering I saw some new ones that looked similar for sale in Homebase for £95 each!
Here are the chairs before, so you can see how scratched and faded they were...
First we gave them a good sand down. Next we wiped them down with a damp cloth and masked off the edges as we were going to leave the seats natural before varnishing them.
Luckily we picked a sunny day! After the first layer of paint had gone on (beware of drips!) we let it dry, gave it another light sand down and then applied another coat. Once this was dried we removed the tape and varnished the seats. Finally we sprayed them with a clear gloss sealer for added shine and left it to dry overnight.
And here are the finished chairs! The project took the best part of a weekend to complete and we were pretty tired after all that sanding, but we're really chuffed with the results.
Have you tried giving furniture a makeover? Why not give it a go!