Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Painting Vinyl Chairs

If you follow me on Instagram you saw the before photo of these pink vinyl chairs. Well they're done and I'm absolutely in love with them.

We got these chairs from my husbands Great Aunt who passed away last year. They had been sitting in her storage room not being used when I noticed them and asked if we could have them. We were told she hadn't left them to anyone so I called dibs they were too beautiful to not have. 

I have no idea how long they were in the storage room but they were pretty grimy so I cleaned them with my Thieves Essential Oil Cleaner and just a bit of water to dilute it and all the built up residue came off. And the rest of my prep work included covering the chair legs with painters tape to protect them.

I knew I wanted to paint these chairs a nice bright clean neutral color so instead of going to with plain white I decided to go with Rust-oleum Heirloom White. I made sure to pick up the 2x Paint and Primer because this pink had to be covered up.

To make the job a little easier I picked up this spray nozzle from Rust-oleum to make the job easier. (and to save the manicure I just got the week before.) 

I'm not going to lie. I love to paint with watercolors, and paint walls in my house... but my spray paint experience is lacking big time. Here's what the first chair looked like after the first coat. It's pretty rough I know....I totally blame it on the wind that day.

I didn't do much better on the second chair....

But after putting on the second coat things are looking much better if I do say so myself.

Here is the finished product after 3 coats of paint! I think they look glorious with their new Heirloom White paint. Since we were had a second day of sunshine and glorious weather I let the chairs sit out for another day to air out any fumes before moving them to our master bedroom.

I don't have any photos for you at this time because....that room needs a lot of work and some new paint to show these beauties off. I'm also planning on making some cute pillows for them using my pillow slipcover post Big Comfy Floor Pillows (I'll be making much smaller pillows of course.)

I can also tell you that so far sitting on them for the last two weeks enjoying drinks, conversation, and a little tv and with the hubs and the paint are holding up great!

It only cost four cans of spray paint and a the nozzle which was less than $20 total! Would you be willing to give a vinyl chair a makeover?


  1. Awesome makeover! The white was the perfect choice for these MCM chairs! Pinning!

  2. Wow! They look great. I'm sharing this on my blog today. Thanks for adding it to the Bloggertunities share thread.

    1. Thank you for sharing Laurie! I'll swing by and check it out!

  3. How did you paint into the space where the back of the chair dips into the seat?

    1. I just pulled the cushion away from the back as far as I could it wasn't much but you can't tell when someone is seated.

  4. Hi! I would love to know how these are holding up now after using them for a year. I have a chair I'd like to spray paint and wondering if it will hold up well!