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Dining Chairs: Before and After

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

Just this week, I finished a chair makeover for some clients. They have had their dining table, chairs, and matching china cabinet for about 35 years, and while all of the pieces were in great condition, they were looking a bit tired. So with a bit of primer and paint, some new fabric, and lots of elbow grease, I transformed the look of their six dining chairs.

The fabric on the original chair was obviously outdated, and needed some attention. It was replaced with a red/green/white checked fabric. The finish on the original chair was not terrible in itself. However, the issue I had was that my client had the entire matching set: table, six chairs, and large china cabinet. I am not a fan of decorating with entire matching sets of furniture, so the perfect solution was to paint the chairs to break up the look of the set and give some visual interest. I was very pleased with the end result, and they looked great in the room (which I hope to share with you eventually, but we still have a way to go before it’s finished).

If you’d like to tackle a dining chair makeover, but don’t know where to start, I’ll be posting a step-by-step tutorial that you can use.

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    Oak chairs
    September 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Great job on the chair, now it looks fantastic!

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    January 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    please post step-by-step how to tackle a makeover. Thank you.

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    Oak chairs
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Great job on the chair, now it looks fantastic!

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    September 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for providing some really useful information

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    October 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Just curious if you have more photos posted. I would love to see this chair with the table and cabinet. My in-laws wish to give us their dining set that is similar and my husband would love to have it in our dining room and I wasn’t sure what to do with the chairs so this idea is wonderful as an update…just would love to see how you paired it will the other pieces.
    Thanks for the idea!

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    September 21, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I have almost this exact chair!! I can’t find the tutorial- would you mind posting the link? Thanks!