Good Question: Six Chairs for $100 - Now What?

Good Question: Six Chairs for $100 - Now What?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 10, 2006

Hello AT,

Just started reading your site and love it! I am hoping someone can
offer advice on these chairs. I bought six of them (4 side chairs,
pictured, and 2 arm chairs which are being used elsewhere when we're not having a dinner party) for $100 total- a steal. I bought them for the geometric shape on the back, which I like, but obviously they need updating.

My decor is largely traditional - I've inherited a lot of antiques, but I'm trying to incorporate some more contemporary pieces...

My initial thought was to spray paint the chairs a warm cream color and recover the seats in a great chocolate brown/cream fabric (something geometric along the lines of a Lulu DK Chant in chocolate... or maybe a large houndstooth?) My couch is brown velvet (I love brown. A little too much) and there are some coral/orange accents in the room. I want something relatively neutral for the chairs. But I thought painting them would liven them up, as long as they'd look OK with the dark wood table.
I'd love your thoughts. My husband is sick of discussing it.

Thanks so much,

Dear Elizabeth,

Nice chairs! I think you're on track with painting the chairs a warm cream color. However, I recommend not spray painting but priming and painting the chairs with a semi-gloss, oil-based paint. New upholstery is a good idea, too. Perhaps a graphic stripe in very dark brown that incorporates your coral accents. Suggestions, anyone?


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