MY DIY | Thrifted Dining Table Chairs Makeover

Before & After, DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

I did some major antiquing a few weekends ago, and high on my list was dining room chairs for a Barnhouse project with my amazing longtime sponsor, Krylon® Brand.

I did not know exactly the shape I was looking for, but knew that I wanted to paint them with this SUPER pretty Krylon® Italian Olive color. I stopped at 5 different thrift stores, picking up different chairs along the way (each were only $6), thinking that I would use 4 mismatched chair and just spray-paint them all the same color. Then, on my last stop, I found 4 matching ones for $30, score!! They were that awful orange wood, and I didn’t love all the detail, but thought they might look more modern painted the beautiful deep green. They honestly turned out even better than I thought they would!!!

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I started by sanding the topcoat with my mouse sander to rough up the topcoat, then sprayed on about 5 light coats of Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Italian Olive, letting them dry in between each coat. Don’t worry about it being patchy the first couple coats, the key is light layers to build up the color and keep it from dripping. The color looked SO rich when it was done. The satin finish has some sheen, and I really wanted a matte finish that almost looked like chalk paint, so I tried the Krylon® Matte Finish Clear. I was super impressed with how flat the color looked after it dried! What do you all think?! All I have left to do is find a larger oval table to replace the game table I painted with chalkboard paint, and I’ll be ready to host a dinner party!ispydiy_krylon5Time: 2 hours

What you need:
Thrifted chairs 4 cans of Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer – 25% More Satin Italian Olive
2 cans of Krylon® Matte Finish Clear
Sand-paper or hand sander
ispydiy_krylon1 ispydiy_krylon3 ispydiy_krylon4What to do:

Start by sanding the chairs, the finish does not have to be completely sanded off, but rough up the surface.

Next, spraypaint the chairs by applying multiple thin coats of Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Italian Olive. Hold the can 10-12” from the chairs, and spray in a back and forth motion. Let it dry between each coat. Multiple thin coats is important to keep the paint from dripping! I sprayed 5-6 thin coats. Read the back of the can for detailed steps and safety instructions before beginning your project.

After the chairs are completely coated in the Italian Olive, spray the Krylon® Matte Finish Clear, to remove the sheen and give the chairs a flat finish. ispydiy_krylon9

This post was made in partnership with Krylon® Brand, thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors!




  1. Leslie Nunez says:

    Beautiful! Wish I needed a table and chairs just so I could follow your instructions!

  2. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style says:

    This is such a good idea! I love how it turned out. X

  3. Handy Squad says:

    Love the change Jenni! The deep green colour was a perfect choice. David at the Handy Squad.

  4. Linda says:

    Looks fabulous. I have the exact same table and six matching chairs all still in the original oak.
    Your chairs make me want to buy the paint and get started but I’ll have to wait until spring.

  5. Isiy says:

    Beautiful colors!

  6. Marcelli says:

    Definitely i love this!

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