Painting Old Furniture: The Ultimate Guide

I have some old kitchen chairs that are currently stained with a pine colour. Can I paint these? I was hoping to paint them a strong red colour.

Hi Cora,

Thank you for your email, yes you can re-paint your chairs no problem . Here are my 3 easy steps on how to give your old chairs a new lease of life:
Step 1. De-Grease your chairs fully with Original Krud Kutter and some Grade 0000 steel wool
Step 2. Apply your primer coat, if the chairs are a laminate finish i would recommend Zinsser B.I.N primer . If they are solid wood i would recommend Zinsser Bulls Eye primer. One coat is enough.
Step 3. When primer is fully dry apply your top-coat, I would recommend any of the following; Dulux Satinwood/ Colortrend Satinwood or Farrow and Ball Eggshell finish. Apply two coats of your top-coat (Depending on colour).

Just make sure Cora that you use a high quality brush, that way you will get a high quality finish. I would always recommend ether a Wooster or Corona Brush.I have included above some images of the work that we recently done in the store here in Centre-point in Cork. These three pieces of furniture cost us no more than €100 from a second hand store, and look how great they look now!
Enjoy !

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  1. Linda Scannell 25th March 2016 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Hi would like to no how much it would cost to sand and varnishing a 6 seater table and chairs please

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 22nd February 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda! We are not a painting service but if you’re looking for pricing on varnish I would recommend 2.5ltr Ronseal Translac Varnish that we sell for €38.95. To be sure, please give us a call ins tore and we can advise you more!

  2. paint house 8th March 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips!

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 9th May 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Liz Nyhan 3rd August 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    What kind of paint would u reccomend for doing a monks bench?

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 10th August 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Hi Liz! I would recommend a product called Sikkens HLS oil for the Monks bench.

  4. Luke Barret 23rd August 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing useful tips and the tricks that give old chairs a new look. Thanks!!

    • Orlaith @ Pat McDonnell Paints 28th August 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Luke, delighted you enjoyed!

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