When I saw this picture from Pottery barn a few months back, it caught my eye immediately. As you all might remember, my kitchen color pallet is quite unique. The main colors are: orange, turquoise, and brown, well, and a little green and a smidgen of red. I thought it would be fun to incorporate the color scheme by using this concept of different colored chairs around my table. So, ever since, I’ve been on the look out for sets of chairs.
I finally found two that I loved. This set will be turquoise, and I will be looking for sets to paint orange, green, and maybe red. I buckled down today and began refinishing them.

There are several ways how to refinish furniture. You can strip them, sand them, and re-stain them if you choose, and I really like the results when you do this, but since I have a love affair with turquoise lately, I decided to opt out of the staining project for these beauties. I found them at the local D.I./Goodwill store for a GREAT price.
Yes, that tag says $4.00.
I was instantly in love with the intricate details.
The first thing I did was take off the upholstered back. It took quite awhile to get all the staples out. I used a small flat head screw driver, and a pare of needle nose pliers.
Then I spray painted the chairs turquoise. I got the spray paint at Wal-Mart. I had to paint 3 coats on each chair to make sure the coverage was complete. I let the paint dry completely between coats. After the chairs dried, I sanded down the edges a bit to rough them up.
Then I brushed on a thin coat of black glaze.
And I carefully wiped off the excess with a damp rag. I repeated the process until I had as much glaze onto the chair as I wanted.
Here is what she looked like when I finished. I am loving the results. I wanted it to look antiqued.
Next, I reupholstered the seat. If you don’t remember how to do this process, click HERE for a reminder.
Isn’t she a beauty!?!?


  1. Sarah Bogh says

    wow, I really like how this turned out! i have a friend who did this with her bar stool chairs, she had four and each of them was a different color. i think that is a way fun idea. I cant believe the visions you and kallie can come up with, i am pretty sure i would never have thought to re-vamp those chairs, the fabric on the back would have thrown me off! Great job!

  2. JEN says

    I LOVE them! And I say they look GREAT without the fabric on the back. But maybe they would look even better if it were there… I am no expert. Great job!!

  3. ::David and Erin:: says

    Where did you get the black glaze? I went to the craft store yesterday and they said that nobody carries black glaze anymore. I went to Lowe's and they said it only comes in a quart size. Did you get yours in a small bottle somewhere? What kind of glaze was it?

    Thank you SO much! I love this blog…SO many fun ideas!!! These chairs are fabulous!!!

  4. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says

    I found out the same thing (that craft stores don't sell little containers of glaze anymore). So, I suggest going in on a quart of glaze with a friend, or maybe trying to buy a small container online.

    A little glaze will go a LONG ways so if you know of anyone who has some, you can tint it with paint. That is what I did. I got brown glaze at a yard sale and then I mixed in black paint.

    You can also try to just water down paint to make it extremely thin and try to use it as a glaze. I've never done it, but it would probably work.

    Oh an the glaze I used was Ralph Lauren brand.

    Good luck…REMEMBER to send pictures!

  5. says

    I love, love LOVE what you did with this chair!! I found some old antique chairs at a used furniture store last year and painted and reupholstered them too (now I'm wanting to try a more vibrant color combination!)

    Love your blog!

  6. says

    I'm just wondering what color you used for the chair. I have a hard time getting the right color when I try to do turquoise. The chair looks so cute!

  7. lignum says

    I just discovered this site and I'm loooovvvvviiinnnngggg it! I'm just getting into decorative painting and I have a table and chairs I want to refinish – I was thinking I would have to take a short upholstery class just to change the cushions in the chairs. You just saved me $300.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll be visiting this site frequently.

  8. says

    What brand of paint did you use and what was the sheen? Also on the sand paper, what was the grit? Thanks, I am so excited to try this!! It is amazing.

  9. says

    I'm sorry to bug you with this as I'm sure you've answered this before but I've been looking around your site to try to find out what brand and colour paint you use to do your turquoise chairs?

    By the way thanks for the wonderful ideas and tutorials…you're beyond talented!

  10. says

    I happen to have inherited 1970's vintage dining room set. I also bought some fresh Marimekko floral fabric in greens, turquoise, orange, aubergine, deep red and burnt orange for the chair upholstery. It's called Kierto. So I was thinking of perhaps painting the set white, but seeing how nice the turquoise color you did on a similar chair here inspires me to perhaps go with that color. I would love to send you a photo and get your input…thanks.

  11. says

    I am refinishing/painting my first piece of furniture ever and your blog has been so helpful and inspirational! I have a question for you…. After you glaze a piece of furniture, do you use any outter coats like polycrylic? Or is that not necessary? Thanks so much!

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