I Think I’ll Actually Have Dining Chairs Soon!!

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

There might actually be a light at the end of the tunnel in the whole dining chair saga.  Do you remember my inspiration chairs that I found at House Beautiful.

dining chair inspiration

I think I may be well on my way towards something very similar.  I showed you a couple of days ago that I had painted the chairs the same color as my cabinets.

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But if you’ll notice, the chairs in the inspiration photo have a bit of a dry brushed finish on them.  I really like that finish, and wanted to replicate it as closely as possible (using only paint I already had since I want to spend as little money as possible on this).  I was also anxious to tone down that semi-gloss shine on my newly painted chairs.

So I broke out the flat black paint and did a little dry-brushing over the teal paint, followed by some very light sanding with 330 grit sandpaper, and this is how it turned out.

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You can see that there’s a very subtle difference.  The one on the left has more dimension…more age…more character.  The one on the right just looks flat and blah.

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I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out.  Dry brushing over semi-gloss paint is not really ideal, so it was a bit challenging to get the finish to look just like I liked it.

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I think that little bit of dry brushing and light sanding made all the difference in the world.  And now it’s much closer to my inspiration chair!

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Now the next challenge was finding just the right fabric.  I had to go to JoAnn Fabrics yesterday to get supplies for another project, so while I was there I looked for the perfect orange fabric.  I searched all through the decorator fabrics…nothing.  I searched all through the apparel fabrics…nada.

I was about to give up my search, when I was passing by the discount fabrics at the very back of the store, and there, peeking out from the other bolts of fabric, was the perfect fabric.

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What do you think?  Isn’t it just perfect?!

Ha! I’m kidding!!!

Actually, that really is the fabric that I bought for the chairs, but I’m going to use the back side of the fabric.

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Aahhh…much better.  This fabric was regularly $7/yard, but it was on sale for 50% off, so I got the fabric for both chairs for $3.50/yard!!  Can’t beat that!!

I also got the foam 50% off, the buttons 50% off.  Actually, I think just about everything I bought yesterday was on sale.  Seriously, if you live near a JoAnn Fabrics, you might want to stop in and stock up on stuff.

Anyway, I also bought some darker blue for the buttons and the piping around the edge.

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Although after getting it home, I almost wish I had bought a darker blue.  Hmmm…I may have to replace that.

So my little chairs are well on their way, and I think they may actually end up looking very much like the inspiration chairs, which is always exciting!


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    April 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    You got me!
    A chill actually ran through me when I saw your fabric choice. The dry brushing looks fantastic. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished chairs.

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    Kim Perdew
    April 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    OH WOW, I love it……the finish on the chairs with your addition is amazing.

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    April 15, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Good grief those are gonna be fabulous!!!

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    April 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    So glad you are using the underside of the fabric 🙂 What exactly is dry brushing? Literally, it sounds pretty basic, but I am thinking there is more to it…

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    Anne Sullivan
    April 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

    HAhahaha you totally got me, too! I was really scared when I saw the fabric! What a great idea to use the back!!

    Also, I ADORE the dry brushing!

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    April 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Love your blog! So inspiring and down to earth.
    Tx so much for sharing your technique. You've made it look so simple. This finish is exactly what I want & was intimidated to try. Will be hunting the lisitngs for sure now.

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    April 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hi, what paint brand and color did you use for your chairs? Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks.