Last week I saw this picture of some folding chairs spray painted and reupholstered and I knew this was something I HAD to do! We have a small group of about 14 adults that meet at our house every Wednesday night and I am always looking for ways to add more seating to our living room without it looking strange the other 6 days of the week. We typically have folding chairs that simply get tucked away in random corners of our living room each week so I was really excited to try and update their look.
I am sure there are many ways that you could do this so I am just going to share what I did.
fine grit sandpaper
spray paint (I used a can per chair)
First remove the cushions from your chair. I didn’t even know they could come off until I checked and sure enough they just have a few screws in the back and bottom holding the cushions on. Next clean your chair to get any dust, oils, etc off of your chair. Then if your chair is a very smooth metal if would be good to lightly sand it with a fine grit sand paper to help the paint really stick. I am kicking myself for not doing this because there a couple spots that they banged against something and already chipped 🙁 after looking into it it seems like if you clean your chair well, lightly sand it, and use a primer, or spray paint with a primer in it then you will be in good shape for your paint to stick well.
I had 4 chairs to recover and 1 table and used less than 2 yards for the chairs and about 1 yard for the table top.
I found this fabric at Joann’s…isn’t it beautiful!? Simply lay your cushion out and trace around it giving yourself about 2-3 inches of excess fabric to wrap around to the under side.
I spray painted my chairs following the directions on the can and then worked on recovering the cushions between coats of spray paint. As you can see from the picture I used Valspar, but if I were to do it again I think I would go with Krylon. I have used Krylon on previous projects and I fell like it has less oversrpay so 1 can goes further. I would also use either use primer first, or get one with a primer built in. If you chairs are going to be outside they sell rust proof spray paint too.
I left the old covers on mine because they were still in excellent shape. I then used a spray adhesive on the fabric and put my cushion in the middle. The spray adhesive is not absolutely unnecessary but in my opinion it is so so helpful! It doesn’t stick so much that you can’t peel it back off and reposition it but it does stick enough to really hold it in place well.
For the seat cushion staple in the middle of each side going from one side to the opposite side and saving the corners for last. This will help alot to keep you from having wrinkles or loose fabric. The bottom of my cushion shows when my chairs are folded so I added an extra piece to the bottom.
We have 3 little kids so I need these chairs to be cleanable as well as cute. I sprayed them with scotch guard to help keep off spill and stains.
Don’t forget to paint the tops of the screws also! I like to stick mine into a piece of cardboard.
I let my chairs dry overnight and did touch ups in the morning. It took 5 cans to paint 4 chairs and the legs of 1 table. Once your chairs have dried be sure to flip them over and fold them partially to check for any missed spots.
After they have dried well you can screw your cushions back on!
For the table I used a solid red that matched the red flowers in my chair piece. I decided to sew a strip of the accent piece down the middle to give it a look of a table runner.
For the table top I stapled one side on then lifted it and sprayed the table top with the adhesive.
Then I laid it down and made sure everything was on good with no wrinkles and the strip was lined up down the center. If everything looks good you can staple it on using the same technique you did on the chairs. I also added a clear liner to make the table wipeable. They sell this on a big bolt at my Joann Fabric store. It was only $2.99 too!
Screw it all back together and you are done!
Here we are enjoying lunch on it this afternoon!