What a Difference a Little Coat of {spray} Paint Can Make

I fell in love with our dining room set in a little antique shop.


Unfortunately it was 250 miles away.

But, my amazing parents loaded up a trailer (and their two “cars” – a truck and a SUV) and brought the set to us.

The chairs have some amazing detail, but they were pretty beat up.



Luckily I had one last 60 degree in late fall before all this crazy weather (snowpocalypse and polar vortex) hit the midwest.  Do not try to spray paint in cold temps.  Just don’t try it.  I’ve done it before, and the results are not pretty.

With a little spray paint (and some new fabric), these chairs looks refreshed and updated:




I used Valspar’s Color Radiance spray paint in black matte.  The coverage was great, and I love the finish.

I also lightly sanded the corners to add a {slightly} distressed look.  This way my kids can use the chairs without me worrying about nicks and scratches.

sincerely, sara d.

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  1. How have these held up after a couple of years?

    I want my dining chairs to be matte black but am concerned about them looking dirty in time.

    I did a coffee table in black chalkboard paint, with no top coat – learning experience – and it seems like a lot of dust has “embedded” itself and can’t be removed.

    The spray paint looks a bit smoother though with less tooth to catch stuff, and obviously won’t take as much punishment as a table top.

    Thoughts? How are your chairs looking?

    • Hi Aidu! It’s been three years, and these chairs have held up really well. I did just recently retire them, but the black spray paint looks great. I used a matte paint, and it is an oil-based paint. You shouldn’t have the dust issued with an oil-based spray paint like you did with your chalk-based paint. Good luck on your project!


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