Dramatic change when painting chairs

The effect that a professional has when painting chairs (or any piece of furniture for that matter) can be dramatic.  In fact, if done properly painting chairs can totally alter your opinion of the furniture piece both in terms of the appearance and your opinion of the quality.

I’ll use a set of chairs that we refinished recently as an example of how painting chairs helps.   These chairs were purchased at a flee market by a client and brought in for refinishing.   Understand that there was nothing inherently valuable about these chairs but they were soundly built and sturdy.   The previous owners used green when painting chairs and made them look horrendous.  Not only did the paint look bad but it made the chairs look inferior in quality.

painting chairs

This is the before pic…. I suspect you agree with my opinion.

As with all furniture we refinish, we take great care in the prep work. These chairs were stripped of all the ugly green mess.  We then sanded the wood surfaces to achieve a smooth surface to apply the new finish on.  We sprayed a couple coats of primer then sprayed the color.    We finished it off with a couple coats of clear lacquer.  Again, sanding between coats to ensure the smoothest finish.   Lastly we recovered the seats.

Here’s the result…

painting chairs

Notice how the new color and finish totally changes ones opinion of the chairs. They now look like a much higher quality chair.

The total investment by the client  for our portion of the work was $95 per chair.  This fairs well when compared to what the price of new similar quality chairs would be.

As they say, don’t judge a book by its cover….

Additional links on painting chairs:

  • Supplies at Lowe’s when painting wood furniture: Click here
  • 5 Biggest Mistakes When Painting Furniture (Country Living): Click here
  • Buying Old Chairs on eBay: Click here

Lane Blanket Chest Refinished and Restored.

Here is an old family cedar chest we recently restored. We stripped off the old finish and repaired the veneer in many places. We then matched the stain to the original


color and went to work.  Several coats of sealer and lacquer later the client now has a family heirloom that will last for a couple more generations.

Kitchen Cabinets Refinished

We completed the refinishing of this kitchen last week.  Notice how a new light color totally changes the whole look and feel of the space.  We also removed the old outdated face mounted hinges and installed hidden softclose hinges.  While it’s hard to see in the pictures we also added a soft oyster gray glaze pinstripe on the doors around the grooves. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a very affordable way to upgrade your cabinets without the expense of purchasing brand new cabinets.




Painting Doors – It doesn’t have to be complicated…..

Achieving a high quality, painted finish when painting doors does not have to be complicated.   In fact depending on the condition of your door, it may not even be that much work.  However, there is a process…… and if followed correctly you’ll have less trouble and will get great looking results.

This article will not be a chemistry class on the various types of  paints, finishes and their compatibility which each other.  There is tremendous amounts of information readily available on this subject and I will not repeat it here.  Rather, I will describe a Process you can follow to get the desired result. Read more

Not just your ordinary Dining Room Table…

Recently I had a client commission me to build a table that would be used for playing board games, card games etc.  However, while gaming tables can be cool they are a bit unpractical when not in use.  Not everyone has the room to have a large stand alone table that isn’t used every day…..

Sooooo…. got my wheels turning.   Why not kill a couple birds with one stone..?  How about a table that when not being used for gaming looks and functions as a dinning table???   The trick is that the table should be self containing  (i.e. hold or store all the components that are needed) and really look like a dining table. Read more

Beautiful, late 1800’s wardrobe restored

1800's wardrobe restored



Why refinish a piece this old?

Generally speaking you don’t want to refinish or modify a piece this age as it can have a very negative effect on the value.  However, the client had already begun to strip the piece before contacting me so that made us all in!  We had to refinish and restore it.

What to do?

The client had attempted to sand on one side and had sanded through the paint to what was a  yellow/golden color.  Initially, we thought they had sanded through to a layer of milk paint.    However, after working on the piece a bit, we discovered this wasn’t a light coat of milk paint.  Rather it was the color that the underneath poplar had aged to. I have never seen poplar turn this beautiful golden hue…  I guess it was the mixture of painted top coats, age of the wood and the environment that made this happen.    As such the color was chosen…we were going to leave it natural. Read more