How to Refinish Wood Chairs

I love a bargain, and when I found these two kid chairs at the curb on trash day I had to snag them. Mind you, they were pretty rough looking and needed some repair, but nothing my husband couldn't fix prior to refinishing. We literally turned trash into treasure (ha!). A little bit of TLC and some fresh paint can turn anything into a lovely new piece.

Refinished Chairs

Prepping for Painting

First off, the chairs needed some repair. Ben tightened up all of the loose screws and repaired a few chips and missing chunks with epoxy resin wood repair. These little chairs are wooden, but the chairs had a shiny surface to them so Ben sanded them with some 220 grit sandpaper so the paint would stick better. As his final step, he cleaned them with some denatured alcohol to remove any remaining oils and to get the sanding dust off of the chairs.

Chairs prepped for painting

Chairs prepped for painting

So, supplies needed just to prep and prepare the chairs for painting were:

  • screwdriver
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • epoxy resin wood repair
  • denatured alcohol

Painting the Chairs

Now that the chairs were ready for me, I could work my magic! Supplies needed to paint:

  • All purpose primer
  • Olympic Paint in Eggshell, color Burning Bush (I'm using this on another project)
  • paint brush
  • Valspar spray on top coat.

I had the easy part: 1 coat of primer, 1 coat of paint, spray on clear top coat. I did not use two coats of paint because I really liked the streaks that came through with just one coat. I wanted to add a clear coat finish since these chairs will actually be used by my kids, but went with the spray on version to reduce application time.

We did not do any fine sanding after application of the clear coat since these are just children's chairs for play. Allow ample drying time in between everything and voila! Quick and easy refinished chairs that should last a few years with the kids.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for similar DIY projects? Please comment below! 

Happy crafting! 

Mindy Sullivan