Folding Chairs and the Power of Spray Paint

K, so I came across this picture recently on Pinterest, and I knew I was staring at my next project:

 Spray painted folding chairs



I loved the fun, happy colors.  And to make things even better, I had just received TWO free metal chairs from a friend. She found them free on Craigslist but ended up not wanting them. I thought it would be fun to spray paint the chairs bright colors for the boys to use in the family room and play room. Woohoo! Party time at the Free Stylin’ household!!


Here are my chairs before their makeover:



I wanted to make this project as FREE as possible, so I rummaged through the spray paint cans and pulled out the pretty turquoise from the front porch updates. (It’s Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze.) I originally wanted the second chair to be a fun lime green, but Pickle picked bright red…Krylon’s Banner Red. Although we had to purchase the red paint, I paid with the rest of a Hobby Lobby gift card, so it was “technically” free, right?



Each chair got three good coats of the paint.



While I waited for the paint to dry, I came up with a monogram for the backs of the chairs using white paper and some letters the boys have in their room as my stencil. The letters were just a hint too tall, so I improvised a bit and erased a little here and there.



I cut out the monogram and used a few coats of Mod Podge to seal it to the back of the chairs.



The arm rests got a little makeover, too, with the help of some the maps from my big stack. I cut out a map for each arm rest and used Mod Podge to seal it as well.



And that’s it! The completed chairs:




The boys absolutely love them. The new chairs seem to have a permanent spot in front of the TV.

 (Yes, they are sitting in each other’s chair.)

(And, yes, the monogram letters are new toys, apparently.)





This project was fun to make and only took a couple of hours. Using only items I already had (including a gift card!) made this project FREE!!


chairs: free from a friend (free to her from Craigslist)

spray paint: already owned, purchased with a gift card

white paper: already owned

Mod Podge: already owned (you could also use clear varnish if you had it)

maps: already owned (wrapping paper, wall paper, or scrapbook paper would work, too)



Isn’t it amazing what a little spray paint can do?!



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  1. Awesome idea, those chairs turned our fabulous! Always love a DIY project that is free or almost free and that is also enjoyed by the kids. Great job Beth!

  2. I love how these turned out!! I have seen those folding chairs on Pinterest and I plan to have a garage full of them some day! ;D You don’t think they would mind if we did that to the chairs in the cultural hall, do you? ;D

  3. Ohmigosh, those turned out so great!

  4. angela says:

    You always amaze me! They turned out so cute. Love it!!!

  5. i think this is pure genius! who would have thought? not me!

  6. Loooove how these turned out! A little bit of spray paint and mod podge really goes a long way! The letters on the back are the perfect finishing touch!

    I’m co-hosting the link party with Lines Across and I would love it if you would stop by and share, if you haven’t already!

    Hope to see you there!
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  7. You did an amazing job….way better than the pinspiration pic! I’m lovin’ the map tops. Thanks for sharing, Lori

  8. I love what you did with these chairs, you a very cleaver. I am your new follower on Facebook.

  9. that is just terrific. Did you need to use any type of primer? I have spray paint, but I’m worried it might chip.

  10. Awesome! I love how the boys use them as ‘T.V.” chairs. I can see doing one of these in pink for my daughter.

  11. What a great idea! Love it!!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. absolutely love them – their bold and bright and funky and fun and the maps put them over the top! awesome job!

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    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  14. Oh yeah- just pinned this baby! These looked AMAZING when you finished with them! Awesome job!
    xo Becca

  15. love what you came up with! especially the map. New follower!! :)

  16. Oh la la! so pretty!

  17. SO CUTE!!! I’m curious how well your spray paint is holding up. My Krylon “peeled” right off my chairs. So disappointed :( I even primed first!

  18. Love the way you customized these.

  19. lillian mcphee says:

    wow – so amazing – great thought
    will try it some day

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