Our dining room has come a loooong way. I kind of shudder at some of the first pictures I posted several years ago. We’ve changed basically ever single item in the room, except for the table and original chairs that came with the set. The most recent change I made, was the black end chairs. Today, I’m sharing their makeover.
The story behind these beauties is simple: Girl was riding with friend when friend drove by storage unit sale. Girl saw chairs and gasped. Girl made said friend turn around the car to buy the chairs. Girl made said friend stuff them into said friends car. Girl was so happy. Girl vowed to make them beautiful. Said friend giggled at girl’s excitement. Girl gave chairs a makeover. Girl loves them more than ever. The End.
Hahaha. Sorry, had to do it. And thank you Chelsea for pulling the car over for me! 🙂
So, here’s how I gave those black dining room chairs a makeover.
They started like this…
From a distance they looked really good, but up close there was a lot of flaking finish, nicks, and gross dirt.
After giving them a good scrub down, I began painting them with Wrought Iron from Maison Blanche. It’s absolutely safe to say that I love this color. Like a lot.
The first coat went on beautifully and it almost covered the existing finish, but not quite.
Once it was dry, I added the second and final coat…
Then, I took some medium grit sandpaper and gave it a mild distress. I always choose to distress where it would naturally happen with repeated/ regular use…
With the sanding finished, I used clear wax to seal the paint. The wax gives the paint a deep color, and it also protects the furniture from normal wear/tear.
Here’s a little side by side that shows the change….
At first, I wasn’t absolutely sure these chairs were “the one” for our dining room, but they have really grown on me….
I love the classic design, and it fits in well with our home.
The chairs do have arms, which I love, but it made them too tall to fit under the table, which then made the rug too small. We shall see what I decide to do. I have a few options.
In the mean time, I am absolutely enjoying how they look in the dining room. 🙂
For more detail about the paint (and step by step instructions), you can check out Maison Blanche’s You Tube Channel. There’s lots of great information and tutorials. To buy the paint, see the list of retailers here.
Happy Painting! ?
P.S.- I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. However, all opinions about their paint, finishing products and this black chair makeover are my own! For my full disclosure policy, click here.