When I heard that there was a paint week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been wanting to find a pair of chairs for our dining room table ends, and had already been looking though I was planning to paint them aqua. Then the challenge came along and I knew that coral chairs would add a nice pop of color to the dining room. Chairs are one of those things I always seem to find lots of-- except for when I am looking! So the real reason I have two paint projects is that I was having no luck finding chairs and had to engage plan b. But then of course after that was complete, I found chairs, 4 for $40 total. They were vintage, had nice details, were large and perfect! The only downside is that the seats are an off white naugahyde. I know I can recover the seats, but my peeps, I have little kids. I have had upholstered seats before which quickly became stained... so for now I am going to keep the easy-wipe naugahyde. Anyhow, here is what I was working with....
I am not going to lie. I hate sanding chairs. So i tested an area of these (without sanding) with my trusty Benjamin Moore tinted primer (tinted in Ryan Red just like the paint). Wouldn't you know it adhered, so I skipped the sanding step. I wouldn't recommend doing this, but the chairs are for me, so I knew if anything went wrong it would be only me dealing with it and not an irate client. ;)
So I gave them all 4 coats of primer (you can never be too careful with reds!) and then gave them 2 coats of Ryan Red enamel paint. Then I gave the seats a good scrubbing with comet cleanser to remove any paint splatters and also clean them thoroughly. And now here they are in the dining room....
|The Whole Room|
|One end of the table, with a lovely quote on the chalkboard!|
|Love those details!|
|Since there were 4 total, I placed one on either side of the sideboard.|
Clearly now I need to re-accessorize the sideboard, but that will happen in time. :)
So what do you think? I am pretty happy with how they brighten up the room!
Be sure to check out all the other challengers' paint projects this week!
Jennifer Rizzo's POP OF COLOR party