INSIDE : Learn the best tips to create a painted metal chair, including if you need to sand first and what the best type of paint to use is!
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This post has been updated from it’s original publish date of November 2014.
Last week, one of my friends let me know if I would come with transportation I could HAVE his four metal chairs. Well, that is a DIYers dream! So, today I am sharing how to create this fun Metallic Painted Metal Chair.
My first step to transforming these chairs was to give them a huge cleanup. The wooden seats were pretty well used and had some snags on the sides. So I used sand paper and the wood seats got a nice sanding.
Do you have to sand metal furniture before painting?
I’ve been wanting to check out chalk paint and thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out. I also heard you didn’t have to do any prep to furniture you paint with chalk paint, so I was excited for that.
I got a small quart of Rustoleum chalk paint in Aged Gray and started painting. I loved the light gray matte color and true to chalk paint’s claims it adhered to metal with no trouble at all!!
What paint to use on metal chairs?
I have always been a fan of using Rustoleum paints. Whether painting metal, wood or plastic if given the chance, I always pick Rustoleum. I think it gives the best coverage, hands down.
For my chairs, I taped off the legs and gave the seat a few metallic coats of metallic silver spray paint.
I loved the gray and silver combination. And I loved the matte look of the chalk paint against the metallic silver spray paint.
My next step was adding a bronze triangle detail to the edge of the seat using my favorite Paint Markers. I used a marker to create the triangle shape and then filled it in with paint.
A few coats of the bronze paint and my little chair was done!
Gray painted chair
I love how this gray painted chair turned out and it’s even better since it was given to me by a friend. Thanks so much Jesse!
I am currently using it as a plant stand for a few air plants and a succulent.
If you are interested in some of my other Chair DIYs, check them out below…