Dining Chairs Redo

One of my clients brought me these gorgeous dining chairs that she wanted refinished. I had already refinished the matching table top, which came out so beautiful! But darn it! I forgot to take good before and after photos!! The chairs and table had a shabby white finish. She decided to keep that finish on the table base and go with a dark grey on the chairs for a nice contrast.

Here’s how the chairs looked before:

Dining Chair RedoI know… Not bad, right?

Dining Chairs Redo

I love all the carved details!

Dining Chair Makeover

After I removed the seat cushions, I went through and tightened all the screws and made sure all the joints were good. They were in really excellent condition and didn’t need any repairs. Then I sanded and primed all six chairs. I used my Graco HVLP Spray Station, which really saved about two years worth of my life!

Graco HVLP Spray Station

The primer I used for this dining chairs redo was Zinsser Cover Stain. I tinted it first, to a light grey, so the finish coat would have better coverage.

Dining Chair Redo Primer

Here’s the tinted primer…

Dining Chair Primed

After the chairs were primed, I painted them with Sherwin Williams Cyberspace. I absolutely love this color!! It’s the perfect dark grey.

(Ignore that dirt pile from a pesky little gopher who had be stalking me all weekend)

Dining Chair Sherwin Williams Cyberspace

Now personally, I loved the way they looked just. like. this. With the clean fresh coat of SW Cyberspace.

If this was my dining chairs redo, I would have stopped here.

But alas. My client, she had other plans…

Dining Chairs Repainted

So after the finish dried, they were distressed down to the original paint, to reveal that yummy cream color in the wear spots. Then a darker glaze was applied, to bring out the carved details and recessed areas.

Please observe the glaze drying…

Glazed Chair

And finally! The finished product!

Formal Dining Chair Makeover

So, while I don’t have the final makeover reveal, as my client is having the seats reupholstered, I will update this post when she sends me new pics!!

In the meantime, please enjoy Grandma and Grandpa Dining Chair, as they stare off blissfully into the sunset :)

Grandma and Grandpa Chair



  1. glynn linscott

    Hi Sherri, I love the dining room chairs re-do. Could you please tell me what kind of paint sprayer you use? You said a Graco, but what size or model number? I have been hand painting everything and would like to invest in a sprayer, but have no idea what to buy. Also, do you have to use an oil based paint? Have you tried chalk paint?

  2. Linda

    I love these chairs and the way they turned out! Thanks so much for sharing all your “how to” tricks. I’m loving your website! ((What took me so long to find it!!))

  3. Carol

    Very pretty and extremely professional looking. Did you do a positive or negative glaze application and what color did you use. Did you hi lite with glaze or apply allover and wipe off. Almost comes across golden looking .
    Great job !!

    • Hi Carol- I used a negative application and applied it all over, then removing most of it back off. I actually used an oil based wood stain in a dark walnut(I believe) as my glaze. Maybe that’s why you see the golden :)

  4. Paula Lyslo

    Gorgeous chairs and a great job !!! About to redo my own in a med blue. Will give your primer a try. Thanks

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