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Spray Paint A Chair Soft Metallic Gold

You can spray paint a chair in 5 minutes flat. Just apply several thin coats of paint one after the other. A heavy coat of paint will result in paint runs or drips.

If you were here last week for my desk makeover you know I was on the hunt for a desk chair. I found one although I wasn’t expecting to find it at the junk shop. And the chair wasn’t one I would have immediately selected to go with the desk. But I think it works. I would appreciate you guys giving me your opinion on the chair.

how to spray paint a dining room chair metallic gold

I painted the chair a softer gold than the knobs on the dresser. There was two reasons for that. One is I didn’t have enough of the spray paint I used on the knobs to paint the chair and the second reason was I thought the bold, shiny gold would compete too much with the desk. I wanted the chair to compliment the desk and I think it does.

chair before painting

One of the two identical chairs I purchased at the junk shop. You can’t really lose for $5. Once I got the chair home I looked at the back which was the prettiest detail and also an unusual one. I haven’t seen a chair like this one before. I decided the chair would look great with the desk.

chair painted with red primer

In a comment on the desk post Gloria suggested using red paint under metallic gold and blue paint under silver metallic paint. I had never heard that before but it makes since. The only red spray paint or red primer spray paint I had was a barnwood looking red so I used it to prime the chair.

spray painted wood chair

I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have enough of the gold I used on the desk knobs to cover the chair so I started trying various metallic colors I had on my paint shelf . Hence the copper, gold, and greenish gold colors on the chair in the photo above. I have 6 cans of gold spray paint that came from an auction and the gold has a greenish cast to it. Not my favorite.

Krylon Spray Paint Caramel Latte Brushed Metallic

I finally tried the Brushed Metallic Caramel Latte from Krylon and the color is really pretty. I would say it’s more gold than latte color and it is a soft metallic, not in your face.

how to spray paint a dining room chair metallic gold

And that’s the color I ended up with. So pretty. I love the way the spray paints covered the wood chair. Sometimes the wood really soaks up spray paint or either it doesn’t cover well at all. This did.

how to paint a desk and chair by Petticoat Junktion

And when I put the chair with the desk I painted last week….. . POW. Or as Emeril would say…..BAM. I like the chair, a lot. What do you guys think?

two paint makeovers metallic gold chair with navy blue desk

Is the softer gold okay against the really bold gold knobs of the desk? In the interest of full disclosure the metallic knobs and the chair do not sparkle and shine unless they are in the proper light. This is the thing with metallic paint. So the chair is closer to a very light brown with no shine when it doesn’t have a lot of light on it.

spray paint a chair with Krylon Brushed Metallic Caramel Latte soft gold color

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

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  1. Great choice! That’s a beautiful gold, and like you said, not an “in your face” bright sparkly gold. I’ll definitely have to find some.

    The chair and desk are both beautiful, but when paired totally kills it. (that’s a big compliment, just in case someone doesn’t understand my slang).

    Anyways, you killed it! Well done, dear!

    BTW, do you have any tips on getting such a beautiful and smooth finish using spray paint? Thank you! And thanks for sharing this post. All of your tips are great.

  2. Hello Kathy !

    Another wonderful ‘project’ nicely done and 24 CARAT finish !

  3. I would not have thought it would that good, but it is a wow! , in my opinion. My kitchen chairs are like this chair, only white, not black. The desk and chair are very, very nice. Would be a great addition to any space.

  4. Very attractive! I like the combination of colors on the desk and the soft gold paint on the chair. A unique pretty chair back, I agree. Thanks for tips!

  5. It really looks beautiful together.
    I wonder how the height of a chair like that works with a desk? Is it a comfortable height? I have been using various chairs at my desk and haven’t tried this type.

  6. You have a good eye. Yes, the chair does have a small crack in the seat. I did not notice it until I spray painted the chair. I left it as is because the seat seems very solid. For cracks like this I use a good brand of wood filler. Depending on how big the crack is you may not need to clamp it. I actually was able to clamp a vintage vanity stool I worked on yesterday and it had a curved backside. You might also try using bungie cords or straps. We have used those in the past. Good Luck!

  7. The chair looks great with the desk!!! I was shopping in my favorite are of the store recently, the paint aisle, and saw the Preval Amazing Spray System! It comes with a pressurized spray can attach d to a glass bottle and you use your own paint to make it sprayable! I had a small table I wanted to paint but not with a brush so bought the kit, it’s $5!!!!! It worked well but I will need more practice to get the paint consistency right.

  8. I think the chair looks great with the desk. Do have a question though. Looks like there is a slight crack in chair seat, I have a little demi lune table top that has a similar crack on one edge of the table. Is there a product you would recommend to fill the crack that would take paint? Hubby doesn’t know how to pull it together with clamps since it is curved. Help!

  9. Beautiful paint job, and the back of the chair is so UNIQUE. You scored here! I was also interested in the red under gold and blue under silver suggestion. Thanks for sharing this project.

  10. Love it ? I need a project for my river house. Want to do a dressing table and chair. Colors in the room are shades of blues grays and turquoise with hints of fuschia. Please send any ideas! Thank you.