DIY Action Squad LINK PART-AY!

What comes before part b? PART-A!

We are not affiliated with Young House Love, but we did get their seal of approval for our little idea.

Halfway through November Kenz, Tracie, Emma, and I challenged ourselves and you to grab the Young House Love book and create something awesome. Below is the step by step for the project I chose- don’t forget to link up your own at the bottom. Then, hop on over to each of the other DIY Action Squad’s blogs and link up there too!

I went with idea #214- Paint Almost Any Piece of Furniture. If you’re a regular around here you know furniture painting is my thing (my accent table, bureau, and chair are just a few of my favs).  So when I saw these two beauties for *free* on the side of the road I knew I had to make them mine:

A nearby high school was getting rid of a lot of old furniture, including these two captain’s chairs. They had pen and marker stains, chips, dents, and bruises… swoon.

I hand painted 2 coats of primer on each chair (and they probably could have used a 3rd too) with leftover primer from when we first moved in.

Once the primer was dry I sprayed them with Rustoleum spray paint in pure white with a satin finish- I had it leftover from when I redid another chair.

I gave the spray paint two-three days to cure up before taping off the rungs because I was nervous it would peel. Taping off the rungs was by far the most time consuming part of this project- about 45 minutes per chair. Once it was taped I added two coats of Behr Wheat Bread paint (which is the same color as my living room, so that was leftover as well). I added it with a regular paint brush, then once I removed the tape I went in with an art brush for touch ups.

After painting the rungs I gave it another 2 days to cure up before adding two coats of polycrylic to each chair (which was the only things I purchased for this project). Then I let THAT cure up for another few days before using the chairs. I was super nervous about knicks and scratches and peels which is why I overdid it on the drying time for each step.

What a difference a few coats of paint and some patience makes!

Ta da!

And just one more snap of the chairs in the room:

So there you go- an under $20 makeover that makes a huge impact! I encourage you when you’re painting to not just go with the obvious, add a little tweak to it (in my case, different colored rungs). I also encourage you to embrace the funk of DIY work- the chairs still have dents and bruises but that’s what gives them character and personality. I didn’t sand them perfectly smooth or stress that one has a front bar and the other doesn’t…I let them be in fit in with everything else in my home that’s been upcycled.

AND NOW THE PART YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR- add your links below (and add them to KenzTracie, and Emma‘s pages too)! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done (don’t forget- if you’re viewing this post in a reader you’ll have to click over).


I’ve linked this post up with the THRIFT IT party & Young House Love!


33 thoughts on “DIY Action Squad LINK PART-AY!

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  3. I just bought 5 chairs exactly like yours today at a second-hand store! I was searching the internet trying to find examples of similar painted chairs when I stumbled upon this fabulous blog! It doesn’t say whether or not you sanded the chairs before painting. I’m hoping to skip the step since there are 5 of them and I’m impatient. Yours look great so I’d appreciate any advice!

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  5. Hi! Beautiful makeover! I’m planning to redo a set of similar chairs soon. Can I ask which polycrylic you used? I’ve had problems with it drying yellowish over white paint in the past (the miniwax brand). Any help would be appreciated, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I really love this look. Interestingly enough, I have a chair that could have added to this collection. My mom has a thing about how every “room” (maybe except the bathroom) must have a spare chair, so she gifted this one to me. Now it’s time for a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Hiya! Found ya on Twitter *somehow* and love, love, love that owl side table (the chairs are ador’b too). Is the top flat enough for a glass topper? Also – have you worked w/furniture wax? You might want to rub a clear coat on top of your poly for a super-duper strong coating on the chairs. Look forward to following you!

    ~Dee @

    • The top is perfectly flat- it’s actually a garden stool! I have not worked with furniture wax, this was actually my first time using poly- I didn’t realize they did differently things, I thought they were just different methods. I’ll have to look into it! Thank you!

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