Recipe Redo: How to Reupholster a Chair

Want to turn something like this…

Into this?

Then, watch this!

Oh, I guess — the video doesn’t address how to re-paint a chair. Before you re-attach the seat to the chair frame, here are some quicky re-painting steps:

1. Sand it.
2. Spray paint it with the desired color — make sure you get the glossy finish or else the imperfections will show through. A couple of coats should do. Remember to spray 6 inches or so away from the chair in a controlled left to right/right to left movement. Be sure to fully cover the areas you want to paint, but try not to go over areas you’ve done more than a couple of times otherwise the paint will start to run and that’s not gonna be pretty. If the paint starts to run, you can use a paint brush to try and blend it all in, but the look won’t be uniform throughout the chair, unless you use the paint brush throughout. So, to keep your sanity just try to avoid running the paint altogether! (Believe me on this!)
3. Let it dry.
4. Screw back in the seat onto the chair frame.
5. Enjoy it!

PS. For less fumy, non-toxic, and more environmentally-friendly spray paints look for paints with zero to low [e.g., lower than 150 grams per liter (gm/liter)] Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Avoid paints that contain toxic elements like Toluene, Ammonia, Phthalates, Heavy Metals, and Glycol esters. I wish I had known about this information before buying my spray paint. It’s hard to find spray paints that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. After a little bit of research, I just found the Krylon H2O Latex spray paint as one option. For wall paints and stains, there is Safecoat. Does anyone know of other brands? Please do share with us, if so.


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