How To Make Your Chairs Pop

Summer has been such fun so far.  My family and I have been enjoying the ice cream overload as well as staying up late watching movies.  And lest you think it’s been all fun and games, I have been getting paint in my hair (and cramps in my paint brush holding hand) working on a few projects as well.


Earlier in the year, I swallowed my fear and made my first Craig’s List purchase.  (Read all the scintillating details here.)   I bought a pair of chairs from a downtown law firm that was remodeling their offices.  Eventually, the chairs will be recovered but in the mean time I have been enjoying their teal color but not necessarily paired with the wood trim.  It’s worn in places and makes the chairs blend in with the dark tile around the fireplace.

I wanted to make the chairs pop so I decided to bite the (expensive) bullet and buy Pure White paint and wax from Annie Sloan.  My own homemade concoctions of chalk paint were hit or miss at best so I wanted to use the much lauded brand name this time.  I found a retailer selling the chalk paint about 45 minutes away in a charming little vintage shop.  A group of antique seltzer bottles held my eye but I ended up only taking the paint, wax and a brush home with me.  (Maybe next time.)


I didn’t sand or prime beforehand but just started painting directly onto the wood.  I probably used a smaller brush than I needed but I wanted to paint without having to tape anything off.  The first coat didn’t look so great but after the second coat the wood trim looked exactly how I had envisioned.  I sanded it before waxing and ended up with a very distressed look.  I then rubbed in the wax and let it sit until morning where I buffed it to a nice satin sheen.


I’m happy how the chairs turned out.  (I think they really POP now!)  I enjoyed using the chalk paint, too.  There was no painty smell so I had no problem painting in the house.  The paint dried fast and after a light sanding and waxing the finish looked nice.


 I’m slowly transforming my living room (little by little).  We use these chairs all the time and I’m delighted I finally took the time to paint them.

You may notice that I still haven’t written on the chalkboard wall around the fireplace.  (See the fab tutorial here!)  The kids like it how it is and asked me not to write on it for the time being.  (That’s fine for now but I do have great plans for Halloween!)

So how about you?  Are your chairs poppin?


~Miss Charming


Linking up to these fun parties:

Not Just a Housewife

Funky Junk

Addicted to Decorating

The Frugal Girls

Serenity Now

The DIY Showoff

Finding Fabulous


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. They went from old fashioned to current! I love it!!! And they look fabulous next to the fireplace 🙂

  2. These chairs look great! Love the white. Which color did you use? And where is this awesome store…I totally want to go! 🙂
    Beth @ Free Stylin’ recently posted..School Supply Shopping TipsMy Profile

  3. Wow what an amazing difference! They don’t look at all “Law Firm” anymore. I love how it works with your fireplace wall too!
    Lynn Wood recently posted..Just a thought…My Profile

  4. Hi! Visiting from frugal girls! Wow! They really do POP! I love the white and blue.. its perfect. 🙂

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this (and any other awesome posts you have) at my Friday link party!
    Kelley recently posted..Financial Friday + Fabulous FeaturesMy Profile

  5. Amazing new look! They really are fabulous. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post with my readers!!
    Amanda @ Serenity Now recently posted..Highlighted Weekend Links– Share Your Best Post!My Profile

  6. These look so cute! I like the color they are too! Going to read a bit further on your blog too!

  7. lordy, lordy…. you get bolder every day!!! i LOVE it!!
    the salvage collection recently posted..update: WE’RE IN!My Profile

  8. I am loving those chairs! What a great craig’s list find. The white and blue looks amazing.

  9. These look great!!! I am so glad you tried Annie Sloan, so easy, right? You really did a great job!
    Angie@slipcoveredgrey recently posted..DIY LampMy Profile

  10. Love the chairs but REALLY loving your wall paint line!!! VERY NICE!

  11. I love your sitting area…turned out great! I’d love for you to share at my party…it just opened! XO, Aimee
    Aimee Lane – It’s Overflowing recently posted..Overflowing with Creativity 8/18My Profile

  12. Why, hello there, Miss Charming! 🙂

    WOW! Those chairs look amazing now! What a change! They’re gorgeous! And your living room? Stunning!
    Roeshel recently posted..DIY Project Parade and Highlights Part 1My Profile

  13. I love how these turned out! What a great craigslist find I’m so jealous! The white is so much better!
    Debbie {visual eye candy} recently posted..Dreamy ClosetsMy Profile

  14. Oh I love this, and I love the dark walls with all the white accents. How perfect. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me party . Hugs, Marty
    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life recently posted..New Color Scheme for the Family RoomMy Profile

  15. They turned out great! I love the dark teal against the white finish. I haven’t tried Chalk Paint yet, but I hear good things.
    Oona recently posted..Short List – UpdateMy Profile

  16. These chairs are drop dead gorgeous. I have a emerald chair that I was thinking of doing the same. Maybe it’s just the photos but the blue looks darker. Did you do anything special to the leather? I see white legs in my future!

  17. Such a huge impact with such a small change! I love it!

  18. Hi there! Im here visiting from Better After. These chairs are awesome! Congrats on your first CL purchase. Its one of my absolute fav sources for furniture. Your home is so beautiful. 🙂

  19. Unquestionably imagine that which you stated. Your favorite reason appeared to be at the net the easiest factor to consider of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as people think about issues that they plainly don’t realize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and outlined out the entire thing with no need side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  20. Hey very cool site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb ..
    I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds also? I’m glad
    to search out numerous useful info here within the
    post, we want work out extra techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .
    bedside tables with storage recently posted..bedside tables with storageMy Profile


  1. […] in order to be given a fresh new look. It might only take a coat (or two) of paint! Check out this leather wingback chair that was updated with paint only from Charming […]

  2. […] I love that Miss Charming painted the wood on her chairs and the impact was instant updating and WOW! They look fabulous with her new chalkboard wall and pretty white frames. See more at Charming Zebra. […]

  3. […] I love how the leather is the star of the show now, it looks brand new! See the whole story of Gina’s beautiful chairs on her blog Charming Zebra. […]

  4. […] I love how the leather is the star of the show now, it looks brand new! See the whole story of Gina’s beautiful chairs on her blog Charming Zebra. […]