Nothing looks homier than mismatched chairs around a farmhouse table. As soon as we started building our farmhouse table we started making trips to thrift stores to find the perfect chairs. We had a goal to find five random style chairs to go around three sides of our table; the forth side will have a bench when it is complete.
Here is the line up of the chairs we collected:
A. Value Village, $24.99 (the king’s chair as Alex likes to call it)
B. Goodwill Outlet, $1.99
C. Value Village, $9.99 (the boring common chair)
D. Value Village, $14.99
E. Goodwill, $24.99 (My favorite! Has a placard on the back for Cook County Court house)
I had planned on painting all the chairs with the gallon of Teal Zeal Behr paint I had bought, but after hand painting on the 2–3 coats of primer I got very impatient. I decided to go to the store and buy spray paint. The problem I have with spray paint was there a limited selection of colors. I ended up painting the chairs Rust-OLEUM’s Satin lagoon. This ended up being very bright. I think the color is growing on me, but it is very overwhelming at first sight.
Painting Mismatched Thrift Store Chairs
Cost of Materials
Total Cost = $115
I started by wiping all the chairs clean with a damp rag. I also removed anything that was stuck on the chairs. In particular, I worked on chair C forever because I think the chair got in a fight with a bottle of glue at some point in its life.
Side note: One cool tip I got from good old Martha, was to put nails into the end of each chair leg. This raises the chairs off the ground and makes it easier to get the paint all the way down to the bottom
After the chairs were clean and dry my sister (who was visiting for spring break) and I, using a paint roller, applied a layer of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3 primer. We used a sponge brush to work primer into the nooks and crannies of the chairs. The great thing about this primer is you don’t have to sand the chairs before! This saved me so much time.
Be careful to catch and smooth out drips when painting on the primer. I applied 2-3 coats of primer to the chairs depending on the original color (the black on took 3 coats, the white took 2).
Next came the waiting game for a nice clear day in Seattle to spray paint. Yes, those do happen!
I spray painted 2 coats of paint onto each chair waiting an hour between each coat.
There was also another trip to home depot between coats because I seriously misjudged how much paint it would take. I would recommend at least one can per chair.
After the paint was dry I topped the chairs off with 3 coats of a clear coat protector.
I am playing around with the idea of adding a white glaze to the chairs. I am hoping this will help tone the color down a little bit. I am just concerned with how well it will work because I already put a clear coat over the paint. I really need help deciding. Please add comments and let me know what you think! Should I change the color, try out a dark or light glaze or keep it as is? Keep in mind the real to the eye color is a little darker then the pictures. I think the chairs have a touch more green in the actual to the eye color. I couldn’t capture this color on camera