When we ran across this photo from Chicago shop Salvage One, it reminded us of how a simple thing like painting your dining chairs in a bright color can completely change the look of a room. If your first reaction is No! Don't touch your chairs! They'll lose their value! (a completely understandable objection), read on to see why and when we think painting is a good idea.
Yes, changing the finish of your furniture can affect its value, so if you're really worried about reselling the chairs at a later date, you probably won't want to paint them.
However, if you're not too concerned with things like resale value or preserving the original finish on a piece, go for it! We've profiled lots of brave souls who have successfully done it. Gideon, for instance, painted his Paul McCobb Planner Chairs white and we think they look amazing.
Good to note: you can actually buy new Bertoia side chairs from Knoll in a range of bright colors, but let's just say hypothetically that you're thinking of painting an old chrome set. Or maybe you're considering repainting a set of wooden Windsor chairs. If the chair is metal, spraypaint, Rust-Oleum, or professional powdercoating works well. For wooden chairs, you can use primer and whatever wood paint you choose, following a few basic steps.
• How to Spraypaint a Chair
• How to Refurbish an Upholstered Side Chair
• How to Upgrade Furniture with Paint
• Good Questions: Helpful Tips for Painting Dining Chairs?
• Good Questions: To Paint or Not to Paint Dining Chairs?
Photo: Table and Chairs from Salvage One