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Looking to give your dining room set a little face-lift? Look no further, friends!
I found this old dining room set on Craigslist and thought it’d be fun to try my hand at a flip job … it was definitely more work than I anticipated … as per usual 😉 but I’m stoked about the final result!
This is one of a three-part post for the whole dining room set flip. Head over and check out how to >reupholster the chairs and> refinish the table >while you’re browsing!>This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.
Tools & Supplies:
>Since the dining room chairs I worked with were upholstered, I started by removing the seats.
>Next, thoroughly clean the chairs with soap and water.
>Make sure to get rid of all that random gooey grossness that somehow always ends up all over dining chairs – where does that stuff even come from :/
>I’m so excited to share this step – Have you guys ever used Liquid Sander?!?
>In order to ensure a new finish adheres well, you have to scuff-up the old finish. Usually this means hours of sanding. In the interest of saving time and my sanity, I decided to try something new on these chairs – the aforementioned Liquid Sander.
>Simply apply the liquid sander with a scouring pad, and let it go to work. The instructions on the bottle say to use a lint-free cloth for application. However, I had some scouring pads on hand from stripping the table, so I gave them a try and found that they removed the glossy finish much more efficiently.
>Both the cloth and the scouring pads will get the job done. It really comes down to personal preference or what you have on hand!
>I applied 2 coats to each chair to make sure the original finish was thoroughly scuffed.
>And that’s it – ready to prime and paint!
>Ahh! So cool 🙂
>I hope someone else out there is as excited about this stuff as I am …
>Prime the chairs.
>There are many tutorials out there that skip the priming step. However, after much research and experimenting, I say that priming is 100% necessary. If you skip primer, the new finish won’t adhere as well and will start to peel after a short time. Additionally, primer makes sure you start painting over an even surface, which is especially important when going from a dark to light finish.
>For these chairs, I used Kilz Spray Primer.
>Paint with the color of your choice!
>I used Glidden ‘Antique White’ for that lovely vintage rustic finish.
>After many many MANY hours of painting these chairs by hand, I would recommend one tool purchase – a paint sprayer.
>Worth every penny for the time it will save you.
>No, it’s not necessary.
I completed this whole dining room set without a sprayer.
>Anyone is perfectly able to paint by hand.
>However, after multiple painting and refinishing projects, I can assure you that a paint sprayer is one of my most-beloved tools. It saves so many headaches and is d>efinitely worth the investment.
All that aside, after painting the chairs, I reupholstered the seats and they were good to go! Head over here for the how-to on re-upholstering. It was my favorite part of this whole dining set re-do 🙂
As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!