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How To Spray Paint Wood Chairs And Cover The Seats With New Fabric

Today I have two dining room chair makeovers using spray paint and new fabric. The two chairs are totally different in style and I used different spray paint colors and fabrics for the two chairs. You are going to love these makeovers.

spray paint a wood chair with navy spray paint from Rustoleum (2)

The first chair is an arm chair for a dining table. I love arm chairs. I guess because they seem to embrace you.

wood dining room chair before spray painting makeover

This is what the chair looked like before the makeover. What a difference, huh! The chair was part of a group of chairs I bought at auction. The price for the one chair was about $3. A good deal.

how to spray paint a wood chair and cover the seat with new fabric

I really did like the chair style so I decided to paint it to go in our bedroom that is decorated in navy and red.

two colors of navy blue spray paint from Rustoleum

I first spray painted the chair with a navy color I had on my paint shelf. The color was a bit dull plus I didn’t have quite enough to cover the chair completely. It probably would have been okay but I didn’t really like the color. The photo above shows the new paint color on the left side of the chair.

Rustoleum spray paint color satin midnight blue

The color is Midnight Blue from Rustoleum. I love Rustoleum spray paint. (find it here on Amazon)

how to cover an old chair seat with new fabric

The fabric is blue and white stripes similar to ticking but the fabric is not as heavy or thick as ticking. I’m not going to do a seat covering tutorial here because I have a good one from an earlier project and I included it in this post.

how to paint an old chair and cover the chair seat

Chair makeovers are my very favorite makeovers because the results are so dramatic and it takes very little time or effort to do the makeovers.

spray paint a chair navy blue with Rustoleum Spray Paint

This chair fits perfectly into my bedroom decor. I love the fabric with the blue stripes. Very traditional looking but modern too with the painted chair.

vintage chair is getting a paint makeover

Now let’s take a look at the second chair. A very feminine style. I got this chair at the same auction and the price for this chair was less than $2.

how to remove a dining room chair seat

When I remove the chair seats from the chair frame I turn the chairs upside down. There are usually four screws, one on each corner, and I remove those and put them in a plastic bag to keep from loosing them.

how to remove a fabric covered seat from a dining room chair

You could use a drill but unless the screws are really hanging on I use a hand held screwdriver to remove the screws.

new fabric from walmart

I looked through my fabric stash but couldn’t really come up with a piece that fit the look I wanted for this chair makeover. I found the colorful floral print fabric at Wal-Mart then went to the spray paint aisle for paint to match the fabric. The ColorShot Summer Pedicure (paint on Amazon here )in gloss was a really close match. I think this is my first time using ColorShot spray paint. I don’t think it covered as well as the Rustoleum but it could be the color. When using latex paint I know it’s harder to get full coverage when using red or pink toned paints.

staple new fabric to a chair seat

While the paint was drying I covered the chair seat. The process of painting the chairs and covering the seats probably took less than two hours for each chair.

new fabric on a chair seat

I did a good job covering the seat. No wrinkles.

spray paint a chair and cover the seat with new fabric (2)

And this is the new look. The fabric brings a smile to my face. Happy Fabric. I did distress the paint just a tiny bit on the legs and chair back.

cover a seat with new fabric

I promised you a video on how to cover a chair seat…..

How To Re-Cover A Chair Seat

ColorShot premium spray paint color Summer Pedicure in a Gloss Finish

And that’s it for the two chair makeovers. What do you think? Do you have a favorite? I can’t choose between the two. The navy chair is kind of classy looking and the coral chair is just fun! Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com


  1. Kathy – please come to my house and recover chairs!!! You make it look so easy; you are inspiring me to tackle this project that I keep putting off. Thanks

  2. Kathy, the blue chair is beautiful but I absolutely love the coral one. The fabric is so cheerful. You did a beautiful job!

  3. Oh, I love both chairs. Different but that coral chair made me smile. Love that fabric.

  4. I really love both chairs but the navy is so distinguished, so I think that’s my favorite one. The coral looking one is really fun looking though- perfect for a sunroom or just to change it up and brighten a room. Thanks for the tutorials Kathy! ?

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