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I really hope no one is sick of spray painting projects around here, because if you haven’t figured it out yet, Phillip and I are convinced that if you have a can of spray paint you can pretty much change the world. And since we had a little time on our hands with the holiday weekend, we decided to tackle the latest project I’ve been drooling over, so here’s our metal dining chair makeover in 7 easy steps!
If you’re a fan of the modern farmhouse style like me, then you’ve probably seen those really popular industrial metal dining chairs at some point or another. I personally have been dreaming about them for some time now, but could never quite talk Phillip into splurging on the full price the chairs typically cost (anywhere from $200 or more for a set of four, not necessarily a bad price, but not in our budget either). So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the very style of chair that I wanted, and never used, selling on Facebook for $100 for a set of 4.
Done!! When and where do I pick them up?!
The only catch was they weren’t the chic black that I had always envisioned. Instead, they were this funky white and yellow combo that definitely didn’t go with anything we had going on in our home. But I’ve never met a home decor project that I couldn’t fix with a little spray paint, and this was no exception.
What we used:
- 4 cans self-etching primer
- 2 cans of filler primer
- 3 cans of black satin finish enamel spray paint
- 220 grit sandpaper
Originally I thought the chairs were completely metal (my first choice) and the seat had just been painted a funky yellow color for fun. But once we took a closer look the seats were actually wood. But since I still had my heart set on the chairs looking like one metal piece, we knew we would need to prime the seats differently than the frame. So that’s where we started with our makeover, by removing the seat bases and setting them aside.
Side note: this could easily be an afternoon project, but since we’re parents of a toddler, we were stuck starting this after her bedtime and picking it up once we lost all light. So bear with me on the nighttime pictures. #parentbloggerproblems 😉
Once we were just working with the metal frames we took self-etching primer (the same primer that saved our sanity and our time with our kitchen makeover) and covered the chairs, making sure to also coat the inside of the legs.
While that was drying, we took a filler primer to properly prime the seats. We chose the filler primer to help the seats blend with the rest of the chair since the seats were going to be painted black as well because the cool thing about filler primer is it fills in the indentions of the wood giving it a smoother texture. Had we used a different primer, we ran the risk of the wood grain showing through, which would have given away that the seat wasn’t completely metal.
Then it was time to move back to the chairs. We wanted to make sure we had given the frames at least 30 minutes to dry before applying our enamel spray paint, which was about the time it took to prime the seats.
I wanted the chairs to have a more flat finish, rather than a shiny metal look to them, so we chose to use a black satin finish enamel spray paint. And after only one coat, the frames turned out perfectly!
While the frames of the chair were drying, we worked on sanding the seats. Unlike with self-etching primer, when you use filler primer you need to be prepared to do a little sanding.
The beautiful thing about self-etching primer is that it is specifically designed to save you the step of sanding. Seriously the coolest primer in my opinion because sanding is one of my least favorite parts of DIY projects.
But because we wanted our satin finish enamel spray paint to go on just has flawlessly with the seats as it did the frames, we needed to go through with each seat and lightly sand them with 220 grit sandpaper.
Phillip cheated and used his fancy tools to sand the seats, but using sandpaper by hand does just as good of a job.
Once each seat has been sanded, we went through and coated them with the same spray paint we used with the chair frames.
The exciting part was, the primers with the enamel spray paint did such a nice job with just one coat, we called it quits there and went ahead and attached the seats back to the chairs once everything was dry.
They turned out exactly how I envisioned! And with the correct primers, you can’t even tell that they weren’t all one metal piece.
Metal Dining Chair Makeover in 7 Easy Steps:
- Remove seats from chairs and set aside
- Coat chair frames with self-etching primer. Allow to dry.
- Prime seats with filler primer. Allow to dry.
- Paint chair frames with satin finish enamel spray paint. Allow to dry.
- Using, 220 grit sandpaper sand seat bases.
- Apply satin finish enamel spray paint to seat bases.
- Once dry, attach seats to chairs.
I seriously couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! Now we have the beginnings of our little dinette set, and just wait till we get our hands on the table they go with! I have big plans for that guy. So stay tuned…
What do you think of the metal dining chairs? Love the look? Not a fan? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!