6 Mistakes People Make when Painting Kitchen Chairs

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Painting kitchen chairs is like riding a roller coaster. There are ups and downs and curves and turns and sometimes they end up amazing and sometimes you completely regret getting on the ride in the first place.

We have painted hundred of chairs, and there are some very common mistakes. Whether it’s your first chair, or your 51st chair, kitchen chairs require attention to detail and a little TLC. Be sure you avoid these painting pitfalls before you start spraying.

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Mistake #1: Using the Wrong Tools  

If you have the wrong equipment, you’re doomed before it even begins. Put away the cheap foam brushes and save them for another today. The best way to start out right is to have the right tools for the job. Invest in good paint brushes, rollers, or a professional sprayer.

Cheap materials are fine for small items or home décor, but these are your kitchen chairs. You’re going to look at them and use them every day, so it’s worth the time and money to start out right.

Mistake #2: Hasty Prep

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I am guilty of this on so many projects.  My nerves are so excited to see the final project that I rush this step.  I have since learned to slow it down and do it right!  Prep work is the foreplay of painting. It always makes the finished result so much better.

Start with sanding. Always. No exceptions.  Regardless of the primer, paint, or wood condition, start by sanding. Sand first, sand often, and sand enough.

Follow with a primer. Several tutorials will say primer is not necessary, but if you want good results, don’t skip corners. Even if you’re convinced it doesn’t need it, prime it anyway, trust me!

Mistake #3: Painting Dirty

Dust and dirt is the arch enemy of paint, but you create a lot of dust while cleaning and sanding (which you’ve done a lot of because you’re doing this project right, right???) Take a little extra time to wipe down the chair with a tack cloth when you’re done sanding. A tack cloth is better than a dry cloth because it attracts dirt and picks up even tiny particles of dust. Some may clean with a wet rag or paper towel, but both options leave behind residue or moisture. If possible, move the piece to a clean area before painting.

Mistake #4: Keeping it Together

It is always easier to paint small pieces than large pieces. Wherever possible, take the chair apart and paint the spindles, seat, and back separately. It takes a little bit more time, but it creates easier angles and means you don’t have to stand on your head and try painting upside down between chair legs.

Mistake #5: Painting on a Dark Floor

When painting anything, you should be able to actually see what you are doing. Whenever possible, elevate your project so you are painting at eye level and be sure you have plenty of lighting. Many painting projects get done at night because that’s when little fingers and hands are asleep and out of the way. Get standing lights to illuminate your work area as much as possible. Painting on a dark floor is almost always shockingly bad when you see it in daylight.

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Mistake #6: Plan Ahead

Give yourself time to be successful, don’t expect to paint your chairs today and sit on them tomorrow. You don’t want to be frazzled and frustrated that your project is taking too long, so plan for it to take at least a week.

Have an alternate place to eat dinner, plenty of space to work, get your supplies ready and accessible before you even start. Don’t plan to paint your chairs the day before you go on vacation, or right before a big work deadline. Give yourself time to plan ahead and be successful.  I would love to hear from you, comment below any questions or stories of success! 

If you are repainting the chairs, might as well do the table too, right?  Check this article out to learn more: The 4 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Painting Their Kitchen Table

Learn from others how to do your DIY painting job right! Kitchen chairs are easy to paint and make such a change in your home!PAINTEDFURNITUREIDEAS.COM
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I’ve painted a few chairs myself, and I have to say you have given the best advice ever. Only one thing I would add–for those who are using chalk paint: 1 Sanding is still necessary, no matter what they tell you, and 2 Seal your chalk paint with varnish, not wax. For items that receive a lot of use, wax just doesn’t cut it, and you don’t need to reapply varnish
Thanks for a great article!