Before & After: Mid-Century Style Dining Chairs Get the "Green"light for a Makeover

Before & After: Mid-Century Style Dining Chairs Get the "Green"light for a Makeover

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Eric's Eames chairs were sitting stylishly in his dinning room for years, complimenting a blue cloth on his old table. After picking up a Saarinen style table and ditching the cloth, he found himself missing the pop of color. Rather than cover up that lovely marble table top, he found a fresh and inexpensive solution.

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From Eric: Sometimes, buying a new piece a furniture can make other pieces in the room feel mismatched. I purchased my white Eames-style dining chairs a couple of years ago, which paired nicely with the navy tablecloth I had covering an old wooden table. A few months ago, I replaced the dining table a white marble Saarinen style table. While I think the table and chairs looked great on their own, together they looked quite sterile and bland, especially in a white dining room. I didn't want to get rid of perfectly good dining chairs, so I decided to repaint them.

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I went to the hardware store, and looked at their options for polypropylene-friendly paints. I settled on a leaf green paint + primer by Rust Oleum, which looked similar to the shade I'd seen in some vintage Herman Miller catalogues. After lightly sanding with a 400-grit sandpaper, I sprayed each of the chairs. I let them sit for 48 hours before applying a second layer.

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For some extra contrast, I also painted the legs a matte black. After sanding the chrome and spraying with a metal-friendly paint + primer, I screwed the legs back on the chairs.

The revitalized chairs add some much needed color and warmth to the dining room, and nicely compliment the new dining table. Not bad for $16 worth of paint!

Thank you, Eric! Readers, you can see the original chairs in action in Eric's House Tour.

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