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How to Paint Dipped Legs on a Chair

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  • Coastal Cabinet
  • Rocking Chair
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  • Estimated Project Time:

    4 Hours

  • Challenge Level:

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Wooden Chair
    • Drill or Screwdriver
    • Palm Sander
    • 220 Grit Sandpaper
    • Tape Measure
    • Pencil
    • Painter's Tape
    • Rags or Tack Cloth
    • Needle-nose Pliers or Tack Remover
    • Staple Gun
    • Upholstery Fabric
    • Scissors
    • Floor or Surface Protection

  1. Find a wooden chair that needs some lovin'. Remove the seat cushion. Set it aside, along with the screws.
  2. Sand the entire chair in the direction of the grain. Remove the dust with a damp rag or tack cloth.
  3. Spray the chair with Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic paint and primer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Let dry and repeat as needed for full coverage.
  4. Measure up and mark 15cm from the bottom of all the chair legs. Tape-off all the way around each leg at the 15cm mark.
  5. Spray paint the bottom of each chair leg white. Remove tape and let paint dry completely.

  6. If desired, remove the existing fabric on the seat. In the featured project, there was beautiful vintage green leather buried under two layers of fabric so I kept it! If you want to change the upholstery, use the chair seat as a template and cut a new piece 5cm larger all the way around.

  7. Use a staple gun to secure the new fabric, pulling it taut as necessary for a professional finish. 

  8. Place the seat back onto the chair frame, and then secure it to the frame from below using the original screws.

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