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Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

I’m always on the hunt for upcycling ideas! I love the thought of completely transforming something that’s looking a little bit jaded and giving it a new lease of life.

So when my parents mentioned that they had a rather tired looking chair sitting lonely and unloved in their garage, I was more than happy to re-home it. I bought it home and then I have to confess it has sat in my own garage lonely and unloved for several months.

Finally the chair has had a little makeover and what a transformation it is! Have a sneak peak:

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

So here’s how I did it…

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

You will need:


1# Clean the chair, I used sugar soap spray as I has some left over from decorating, but water and a cloth will work just as well.

Apply chalk paint all over the chair and allow to dry. I love the fact that there is virtually zero prep required for chalk paint (no sanding required). If required paint a second coat. As the chair I painted had a very lacquered finish I was worried about whether the chalk paint would cover it. I needn’t have – after just two coats, the coverage was perfect.

2# Once the chair has dried completely, it’s time to start on the detail work. Depending on how steady your hand is you could free hand the painting. Alternatively, you could use frog tap to ensure you get a straight line. I actually found it easier without.

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Get creative with the pattern! I think the chair would look fantastic with the centre spokes painted too. I was sorely tempted to do this, but I didn’t want to go overboard. My advice is to keep stepping back, as you add detail and be critical.

3# Now for the legs. Ah those dip dyed legs, how I love them! Turn the chair upside down and measure an equal distance on all the legs, apply the painters tape around. You may need to stretch the tape a little around the curve of the legs and ensure that there are no gaps.

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Paint the legs with the metallic paint, it took two coats using the paint mentioned above. Wait for the paint to dry and carefully remove the painters tape.


Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

AfterUpcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover

Upcycling ideas: chalk paint chair makeover


I’m super pleased with how it turned out. The colour combination of grey, blush and gold is just so pretty! I really love traditional design with a modern twist, so unsurprisingly this chair makes me very happy indeed.

I definitely recommend giving the rust-oleum chalk paint a try. I’ve used it on multiple projects now and it’s so lovely to paint with and gives a great finish. This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, I just really like the stuff! I’m already looking around for what to paint next, nothing is safe!

Looking for more upcyling ideas? How about these painted jars or perhaps a toybox makeover?

Go on take a look, you know you want to! 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment below – let me know what you think of my painted chair and your upcycling ideas too!

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Need some ideas for upcyling wooden chairs? Psst, over here - check out my step by step DIY! Transform your chair with chalk paint to make it unique and beautiful. Its a super fun project, so lets give your flea market finds a makeover shall we?

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Lauretta @ Home and Horizon
    June 16, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This is wonderful Caroline – it looks superb! You should think about upcycling for a living…I’d definitely buy from you 🙂 x

    1. Reply
      June 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Awww thanks Lauretta! I would love to – I really enjoyed this project. xx

  2. Reply
    Anne Marie
    June 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Oh, this is pretty, I especially like the gold on the legs. Very creative! Although I really shouldn’t be looking or reading this as I’ve got this weakness when it comes to chairs. I just keep buying them whenever I see them in charity shops or at car boot sales. There are always about five spare chairs in my loft 🙂

    1. Reply
      June 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Ha ha – yes I definitely have a chair collection too! ! I really want a wicker peacock chair for our bedroom, they’re amazing!

  3. Reply
    June 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Looks great, lovely colour scheme !

    1. Reply
      June 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Vicki. I love grey and gold together. I’m thinking this would be a great colour palette for our downstairs bathroom.

  4. Reply
    August 31, 2017 at 12:57 am

    This is so cute! And I want that pillow! Where did you get it?

    1. Reply
      August 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Thanks Alex! The pillow is a couple of years old now I’m afraid, it was from Primark.

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