Dining chairs revamped.

When we bought our dining room table off Craigslist, I had no thought of the chairs. It was always all about the table. I didn’t even care what the chairs that came with it looked like! They were merely an aside. But regardless, the set included 2 arm chairs and 4 side chairs. The arm chairs were leather, incredibly scratched up and stained. After they sat out on the front porch for too long for us to be called respectable neighbors, I figured out what I wanted to do with them. I decided to keep, paint and use the two end/arm chairs.

Their original “charm” was that on the right:

dining chairs 2

I bet you’re thinking, “It’s not that bad!” You’d be correct in thinking that way judging fromΒ the photo. But if you saw the chairs in person . . . oh boy, you’d be singing a different tune! Unfortunately (or fortunately??), I didn’t take any close-ups of the leather before I took those bad boys on. A chair used and abused for almost 10 years. No longer. We were going to give them the TLC they needed!

I chose a light french gray color for painting, yes painting, the leather. I used Maison Blanche chalk paint and after reading several different reviews and tutorials, was {pretty} sure I could make it work. I painted the arms and legs as well, with a black spray paint primer. I over-painted that with a light “wash” of the gray color used on the upholstery. I finished them off with a water-based varnish to seal the wood, and a furniture wax and buffing to seal the leather. Here are some side-by-side close-ups:

dining chairs 4

dining chairs 5

They turned out very charming and vintage-looking. A neighbor boy was over the day I was working on them and he commented how the “new” look of the chairs looked “old”. I told him, “Thanks — that’s the look I’m going for!” He said, “Oh, I like new things.” Spoken like a 12 year old. πŸ™‚

Time will tell how the painted leather holds up. But so far, it’s a great finish. They’re comfortable to sit in and can be wiped right off. The finish turned out sort of “buttered leather” like. With a bit of a sheen. Quite pleasant, actually.

Here are some shots of how they look up next to the table:

table and chairs 3

table and chairs 4

The table is really big, really statement-making in a room. So the chairs at the ends of it needed to be somewhat the same, so as to not get lost, you know?Β We’re very happy with how it all turned out. It’s ready for what life in a household of 7 will throw at it. Meals? Games? School? Holidays? Yep, we’re covered.

–Beth πŸ™‚

P.S. As mentioned regarding the table, if you’re interested in hearing more about the process I used for painting the upholstery and legs, let me know. I would be happy to type up a tutorial of the method I used.

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5 thoughts on “Dining chairs revamped.

  1. How terrific the chairs and table look Beth! what a great job you did. I loved reading the script too, it’s just like you are here with me. How Marissa seems to have changed! it hasn’t been that long, but I’m seeing that. Hopefully we’ll be able to come and sit and rock with her this winter.
    The table DOes look ‘purdy’. You are dressing things up so nice.
    Got a laugh from the pics of the pool and that barrel platform! They ARE creative.
    Love Kenny’s new office – what a nice view to look out while he’s working and on the phone. Terrific seeing that beautiful old tree. Even a table to eat your lunch. πŸ™‚
    Are the boys willing to actually CUT the grass yet, just to run the mower?! great bargain.
    We’re looking forward so much to your visit. Want to go to Deale? Please give Ken our best hug and wishes for a successful test result after all his studying.
    Love to all – Aunt Linda

    • Thanks, Aunt Linda! Lots of “new” to enjoy down here, but we do miss our “old”…looking forward to our visit north! Love to you all as well! See you soon! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m curious about how you painted the leather. More thoughts on that would be good. I’ll also be curious to see how it holds up. Great idea!

    • Thanks, Crys! I will post a short tutorial on how I did it — pretty easy. So far it’s holding up well, but I’ll have to post some updates as time goes by. You can paint other types of fabric too — it’s likely in my future! πŸ™‚

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