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How to Paint Wood Chairs in 3 Simple Steps

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You’ll be inspired to give your wooden dining chairs a gorgeous makeover when you see how easy it is to paint wood chairs. These blue beauties were given an ombre vibe but the same easy technique applies to any color you’d like!

Four wood chairs painted blue lined up side-by-side against a white wall.

Today is one of the most exciting posts I’ve ever written.  Can you hear me squealing in the background.  Now this is something I don’t do in real life, but since I’m on the internet I’ll allow myself some liberties.  

Today I am going to talk about – actually fangirl over –  KariAnne of Thistlewood farms. She is one of my all time favorite bloggers and she does it all. She is a decorator, a DiYer and a photographer.  But most of all KariAnne knows how to tell a story.  Boy, can she tell a story!  She can take the most mundane chore, like painting a door, and turn it into a monumental lesson in life. And with lots of chuckles to boot!

Now you are all probably wondering why I’m going on and on about KeriAnne. Obviously she inspires me!  And I know I could never hope to reach her level of perfection. But I thought I would give it a humble try after  seeing these chairs of hers.

After all chairs can be inspiring, right?  This is the tale of the happy chairs.

There was nothing wrong with them really.  In fact I have one in the bedroom here.

But I wanted to have blue chairs. Like KariAnne’s!  In more than one shade!​

Materials Needed to Paint Wood Chairs:

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How to Paint Wood Chairs (So Easy!)

Step 1: Wash and Degrease

If your chairs are particularly dirty give them a good wash down with warm soapy water and let dry completely.

Step 2: Paint with Chalky Finish Paint

​And so it began.  I started out with DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Escape. But I added a bit of Everlasting, which is a white color.  You may remember this photo from my behind the scenes sneak peek. Nothing like a messy work space to inspire you!

Here is what the chair looked like after one coat of the paint mixture. 

And after the second coat!  I should mention that painting chairs is nothing to sneeze about.  It takes time and work. 

But I was not to be deterred!  I wanted blue chairs!  Happy Chairs!

Now for the next two chairs I wanted a lighter look so I added more white paint to the mixture I already had. And this is how they came out.

Step 3: Seal with Clear Wax

Finally to seal in the paint I used DecoArt’s Clear Americana Cream Wax. Just add it on with a clean cloth and after it has dried rub it off.  It is that simple. 

There you have it! Beautifully painted wooden chairs. Don’t you just love them?

​They are so happy, they are practically line dancing!​

These shades of blue are a bit brighter than the Serene blue used to paint this bedroom dresser using the same method (no sanding needed!).

And here they are indoors.  With the beach table. Don’t they look great together?  I think I did a pretty good job, and I wasn’t even going for a matchy look.

The room is small, with a window on one side and it needs light colored furniture so that it can feel happy and bright.

We close the shutters in the summertime because of all that Greek sunlight. But even when the shutters are closed we still want the room to look bright!

That’s why I chose to paint the wood chairs.  I wanted to create the look of a Greek tavern here. And keep things fun and happy!

I should point out that the way the light hits the chairs alters the color.  Trust me, there are only two colors for the chairs here. The table is a shade different but it’s hard to tell, and we will keep that secret to ourselves. 

Now that my chairs are happy… I’m happy!

You can never estimate the power of paint. It can totally transform furniture! You can see how I used paint to create this beautiful cubby storage unit. And explore a different method I used for this chair makeover!

And that was the tale of the happy chairs. Did I succeed in creating happiness in those chairs?  Did I make you all happy?

Chairs painted in shades of blue with chalky type paint, to make them ombre happy, #ombreeffect #paintedombre #furnituremakeover #upcycle #chalkyfinishpaint #paintedchairs #bluechairs #DIYproject The tale of the Happy Chairs

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Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Loving these colors. How can one not feel good sitting in these pretty chairs. Thanks for sharing on the Classy Flamingos party. Come visit us again this week we enjoyed your post.


Wednesday 15th of May 2019

As long as the pillows are soft and cushy I am happy as a clam!


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Love your upcycle of these chairs. Bright and happy. I'm of Greek descent and am interested in your approach.


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Thank you Helen, then you understand me. I need to work with the environment I'm in and not pretend that I live somewhere else. It gets really hot here and we have to open end close the shutters depending on where the sun is. This solution keeps the room bright and cheery even when the shutters are closed.

Patricia Rios

Thursday 11th of May 2017

This looks so pretty Mary! Great job and what a wonderful blue!


Thursday 11th of May 2017

That Patricia is the greek blue. You will see it all over Greece especially on the islands. We really love our blue!


Thursday 11th of May 2017

I'd be squealing too if these were my chairs! So pretty, and love the different shades of pretty blues. Looks very cheerful and beach, perfect for the gorgeous climate in your neck of the woods. xxx


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Doreen this is such a prevalent color here especially on the islands. My mother in law had all her shutters painted in these bright colors.


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Oh wow!!! They turned out really nice. I love the color. Painting them in two different shades of blue really worked.


Thursday 11th of May 2017

Krista, they are so pretty. The color that you see in the interior shots is closer to the actual. Soft and pretty. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you are well.

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