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Kitchen Chairs Makeover- Somebody Stop Me

I mentioned a while ago that I used to have a huge fear of painting furniture. A fear so monumental that I have furniture which dates back to the disco era that has sat in my home untouched for years because I was so afraid of messing it up.

That was until I could successfully paint an old kitchen table. When I say “successfully”, I mean I didn’t mess it up to the point of it being unrecognizable. I just wanted to make that clear because my idea of success and yours is probably completely different.

But it was just enough to get me stoked about refinishing furniture. So stoked that since taking on this minor project, I have refinished and/or am finishing five other pieces in my home using all the materials that I used for that kitchen table redo!

This means one of two things:

I am a really kick-ass painter (and thrifty too!) Look at me not spending any more moolah on these projects!

As Chandler Bing would say, “could I BE spending any less money?”

Or two: I am a really suck-ass painter (and cheap too!) Look at me making mistakes left and right!

As Chandler Bing would say, ” could I BE any less handy?”

This project has been in the back of my mind since the moment we found kitchen chairs on the side of the road.

Back in 2009, my husband and I were taking the kids for a Sunday drive and saw the aforementioned chairs in someone’s garbage pile at the curb. We actually looked around for hidden cameras or someone with a booby trap waiting for unsuspecting people to show up and steal these chairs away. After the initial shock wore off, we loaded the chairs into the back of our car and sped off like the criminals we felt we were.

So we cleaned them up and added them to the table we already had:

That table was my Gramma’s table. But dammit if those dark chairs leave the kitchen feeling a little, well, dark. The color on our walls is a teal color, so it’s a little dark, to begin with, but the chairs just made it seem even darker.
Then I added some stick-on numbers to the backs of the chairs to make them a little more whimsical. So whimsical, in fact, that the girls ended up playing with them, chipping away at them one by one.
Until finally, after looking at these chairs for one day too many, I said enough.


This was my inspiration:
Sorry for the grainy picture, but this is the kitchen from the Dunphy Family home featured on one of our favorite shows, Modern Family.
I have been loving on these chairs since day one, but finding chairs that looked like these were kind of hard and proved way too expensive for our budget.
But after closer inspection of our black chairs, I realized they look very similar to the Modern Family chairs.
All I would need to do is paint our new-to-us-road chairs! A hard task for the old scared of painting furniture Kari but the new not afraid of painting Kari?
No match at all.
Okay, maybe a little match.

Actually, I was pretty much afraid I was gonna make a mess of these too but I decided I would not let fear stand in my way as I dragged the new-to-us-road chairs to the garage two at a time to begin the process.


I know this looks very seamless and easy, but it wasn’t.
At all.
These primed chairs sat in my garage for a good three weeks before I even got to paint them.
Three weeks without chairs in the kitchen isn’t good.
At all.
I also knew I needed chair pads on these because as cool as these chairs look, they hurt your ass like no one’s business and I have little kids who sit on their knees a lot, so we definitely needed cushions.
I ended up finding some online at World Market for $9.99 on sale each.
I couldn’t even wait to move the box to take the picture, I was that excited.
About chair pads.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
I edited the picture after I added my blog watermark and I am too lazy to go back and change it.
See, you won’t get this lack of quality over at Pioneer Woman’s blog.



Here is the before again:
And the after.


I didn’t have to spend anything other than the money I had spent on the previous paint project because I already had all the supplies.

Here is what you would need if you are interested in painting your furniture:
– An electric sander. I mean, you could use sandpaper, but it will take you a lot longer. I did, however, use sandpaper on smaller, harder to reach areas though.
– Primer. I used the smallest can they have, and I have already used it for three projects and still have lots more.
– Paint- the color I used was Egg Cream by Behr for this project.
– A superb paintbrush.
– Polyurethane. I used two coats for each chair and by the way, this will always be your last step in painting furniture.

Head here for my furniture painting “tutorial”.
Happy painting! And share your furniture painting projects or disasters with me here. 🙂


17 thoughts on “Kitchen Chairs Makeover- Somebody Stop Me”

  1. I'm gonna miss reading your bolgs daily cause you make me laugh so much. I often think about doing a blog but have all these fears. BUT your decision makes complete sense and makes me love your blog that much more. The table and chairs look fabulous. Good luck and can't wait for your next appearence. BTW this is Antonia, I commented a few weeks ago, (engligh freakn mid-term….remember me hahaha) Take care!!


  2. It totally changes your kitchen! I love them, can't wait to sit down in your new chairs and have a nice long chat!


  3. @ Antonia- Of course I remember you!! I will still be here, just not as often but thank you so much for your sweet words. You exemplify the reader I was describing in this post. Thank you for reading. 🙂 @ Christine- now we can sit and chat longer bc of the cozy cushions!!


  4. what a great makeover. I really love how it just gives the table a lift. and the chair pads are terrific! If you have any other projects that are being put off, please join the UFO challenge on my blog


  5. I LOVE YOUR BLOG and am happy to be among the devoted 175. Any post by you is a good post, quality over quantity, right? xx Thanks, Kari!


  6. Well, it seems a little ironic that this is my first visit and you announce you are cutting back- was it something I did? 😉 Seriously, you are making a wise choice- I'm new to this blogging thing and it is such a roller coaster, comparison machine- I think God must be working something radical in me, probably something about pride…. I love your chair makeover- they look great and those chair pads are so colorful & fun!


  7. Oh boy! Way to go, Kari–put your family first and you won't regret it!As for this project, I think you did a great job. I love those chair pads–I think they're from World Market, aren't they? That fabric is one of my favorites. 🙂


  8. I bow to the new and improved painting furniture champion Kari!I have two pieces that need some TLC and then some paint and yet I do nothing. And the fact that they're crowding my family room? Yeah, somehow I have blinders on … just don't see them anymore.I need to become a new and improved furniture painter too … I pretend it's the fact that I haven't settled on a color. That's just a cop-out …:)LindaAnd I'm going to read that post that made you so introspective and reflective. I can relate to the blog taking over the life thing versus the blog as a documentation of life. And I find myself making things or projects or writing posts for the sole purpose of linking up at Nester or Centsational Girl. So silly, right? I've had an attitude adjustment. If I don't feel it, I'm not doing it …


  9. Great news! I had lost interest in you're blog because of that begging girl…..for followers and sponsors. The reason I enjoyed your blog in the first place was because you weren't like the others – you're just like us. Doing as much as possible with very little….because we have to. Not to keep the cash flowing from the sponsors. If you can afford a house like the ones those bloggers live in….then you don't need to be repurposing. Just sayin…..


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