Furniture Makeovers: Painting and Embellishing a Chair

We are doing all sorts of furniture painting projects here at my niece, Lauren’s house this weekend, so can’t wait to share all of that with you soon.

In the meantime, when I spray painted my old kitchen dining chairs a glossy gray for the porch, it was fun seeing them updated for their 3rd reinvention at my house.  First, stained wood, then spray painted black, then the glossy gray won over for the porch.

I had 4 of these chairs originally and during the black spray paint renovation, I added these cute little square wood medallions to the middle of my chair backs, but only 2 got the treatment. I had passed the other 2 chairs to my niece, Lauren while she was in college, and after she passed them on to a family friend, they came back to me again and it couldn’t have worked out better when she didn’t need them anymore.  I had 2 armchairs and 4 side chairs originally and in my old kitchen, I had used the 2 armchairs and only 2 side chairs, so didn’t need them anyway. But, when I knew I wanted to use them on the porch again, all 4 side chairs, it was kind of cool that the other 2 found their way back to me again.


I showed you the before and after how-to from Black to Gray.


And here they are in all their glossy gray glory.

All 4 chairs are reunited now and all 4 are painted glossy gray.  The 2 armchairs are the ones in my living room and they are still black.  I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of these original unpainted wood chairs.

But, only 2 had the wood medallions added from over 10 years ago and someone even noticed that when I showed my porch. Ya’ll are very observant out there in blogland!  Smile  So, it was time to finish off the other 2 chairs and add cute medallions to them too.  Luckily, they still had them at Lowes.

wood medallions

They come 4 to a pack in the wood trim department, where all the fancy moldings are found.

chair before

I glued them on to each of the chairs right in the middle of the back.

chair with medallion glued on

This just adds some fun detail to a plain chair and I love them.

frogtape holds in place

I used my FrogTape to hold the wood glue in place overnight until it dried really good.

Valspar Cobalt Canyon

This glossy spray paint from Lowes Valspar line is called Cobalt Canyon and it was perfect for my porch renovation.

painted chair with medallion

With just a few shots of paint, the medallion is covered and finished.

wood applique added

Back on the porch and ready to use.

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I sure do enjoy having this little dining table out here and it comes in handy for meals.  If you are looking to update some chairs for the holiday season, think about spray paint and adding some detail to a set of old chairs.  Sprucing up is so easy with spray paint and a little imagination and you’ll be ready for guests in no time.

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Fall is right around the corner.  This fun spray painted acorn project is another great way to get ready for Fall and the Thanksgiving season.

painted acorns (2)

I love picking up acorns to use in decorating for the seasons and love what my blog friend did to these, simply by using different colors of spray paint.  Use that collection of spray paint for something fun like this!

vintage chair

Are you getting ready for Fall yet?  We didn’t have a really hot summer this year with all the rain that has been in abundance, but I do get a little giddy over Fall. The mornings have already been cool and crisp here in Atlanta and it’s makes me happy to think about the next season strolling in on fallen leaves and chilly days.  Spring and Fall are my fave times of year!

Fall Badge Rectangle

Check out Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine app, visit Lowes on Facebook, and Lowes on Pinterest.

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Are you on Instagram? I’m on there and having so much fun since I got my iphone last year! If you want to see what I’m doing in real time, follow me on Instagram. You can see Lowes on Instagram as well. It’s a fun little snapshot of what is going on every day.

Disclosure: As a Lowes Creative blogger, I am sent gift cards to spend on projects and to blog about them. This post is sponsored by Lowes, but all ideas and projects are my own.


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  1. Wonderful makeover. If you haven’t done so already, and if you ever have the time, I wish you would blog about the difference in spray paints and their quality. I usually buy mine at Walmart and I notice you use paints with other brand names. 🙂

  2. Rhoda,
    Your chairs look great with the embellishment, and what a GREAT idea using the FrogTape to hold the glue. I’ll have to remember that one!
    Have a great rest of the weekend. With family over today, I did get a few cloth pumpkins out for display (the white ones, for the sunroom). 🙂

  3. Love it! Love it! Love it!

  4. The gray is yummy and the little embossed embellishments are picture perfect! What a brilliant idea to use the frog tape to allow for the drying…simple but yet brilliant!!!!! The answer to a lot of things : ) Thanks for sharing and it is nice to have your complete set together again!!!! Hugs…

  5. I love how you where able to get back the other two chairs and use them on your porch. Great job! It looks so pretty.

  6. Hi Rhoda,
    Your chairs turned out great and your porch looks amazing! Love the acorns too. Painting them different colors is such a great idea!

  7. The chairs look great painted in the glossy gray. I love the painted acorns too!

  8. Julia @ Cuckoo4Design says:

    I love the glossy grey. Have used it before myself and it looks great on the chairs. Acorns like that are on my list to do!

  9. Did you know that a tree won’t produce acorns until it’s a least 50 yrs old? The acorns are very small at first but as the tree gets older the acorns get bigger, I seen that on a PBS show a while back. Oh and by the way the chairs look great.

  10. Hi, I’m a new follower and I love your chairs. You mentioned that you got them unfinished. Can I ask where you got them? They are darling and I am looking for chairs for a round oak pedestal table. Thanks.

    • HI, Karen, I bought them over 10 years ago from a place here in ATL and I’m not sure they are still in business. I can’t remember the name of them, but they were over near Norcross somewhere.

  11. Seeing your painted chairs and noting the circuitous route they have taken from you back to you reminds me of a favorite phrase in our family. We are spread from Oklahoma and Texas to Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia and we always say, “A family trip isn’t complete until furniture has been exchanged!” So true.

  12. Glad all the chairs came home to Momma! And they look wonderful, even the third time around! Now, that’s value!

  13. Cheryl Ann says:

    Rhoda…great idea! Can’t wait to see the pieces you are working on this weekend. I love recycling… and you do it better than most! Cheryl Ann

  14. Fabulous makeover, I love the use of the moldings on the chair, it adds some interest. I have some projects coming up too, I am quite excited. I am revealing my guest bedroom next week, hope you can pop over and have a look.

    Lee 🙂

  15. Yes, I am SOOOO ready for fall. Unfortunately, I am in Texas where it is still absolutely summer. There will be no pumpkin-spiced or caramel apple anything here for at least another month. We’re lucky if it’s cool for Halloween!


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