OMTWI: Poker Table Chairs

Monday, November 7, 2011

Good MORNING!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  In case you haven't heard, I made it through the first round of One Month to Win It with my Poker Table Chairs (wahoooo)!

(The DecoArt challenge starts tomorrow, so be sure to pop over to OMTWI and cast your vote!)

I thought these chairs (and the painful hours and hours I spent on them) deserved a full how-to on the ol' bloggity blog.

I picked them up at a yard sale for $15 when we lived in Ohio (yes, we moved back to NC nearly a year ago now...) and they've been sitting in our garage just waiting for me to get around to them.  Now I know why I was putting it off for so long... it was tons of work!  But now I'm just glad it's over with and they are DONE (until I decide to do something else to them...).

Beware: loads of pictures ahead!

Here they were before...

The fabric was disgusting!

Before I could start painting, I had to remove the seat cushions from each chair.  4 screws and a few turns of a screwdriver and they were off!  Super easy.

Next came the dreaded sanding.  Ugh.

I didn't worry about sanding down to the bare wood.  I just sanded enough to give the paint a little grip.

Then I went back with a finer grade sanding block to smooth out the surface.

After wiping off all of the sanding dust...

...they were ready for paint!

I picked up two cans of gray primer and 6 cans of Pewter Gray at Home Depot.

I started with three chairs on a plastic tarp and turned them upside down so I could do the legs first.

After the first three were completely painted, I took one down to the basement to make sure I liked it.  I didn't.  BOO.  It took 5 whole cans of spray paint to do three chairs, and now I didn't like them.  Aaaaaahh.  Nightmare.  The Pewter Gray was too light and had sort of a bluish cast about it.  It just didn't go.

So I went to Walmart and picked up 8 cans of Smoke Gray (I actually ended up needing one more and had to return to Wally World to fetch it.  My advice:  Always buy way way more than you think you need.  As in, just buy their whole stock and whatever you don't use, return.  It's much easier than having to go back multiple times.)  

Here's a comparison.  I only painted ONE chair with the Smoke Gray before I took it inside to make sure I liked it.  I did!  Whew!

A little comparison for you...

Smoke Gray... love.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry between coats, I started working on reupholstering the cushions.

I found this bolt of black fabric at Walmart right after I bought the chairs.  It was in a clearance bin where all the bolts of fabric were just $5!  Total score.

Since the chairs had been sitting in our garage for nearly a year, they were quite dirty, so I needed to make sure to clean the cushions really well before stapling the new fabric on.

I laid my fabric out and cut it to size.  I cut it while it was still folded in half so I could cut two pieces at the same time.

I stapled each of the four sides, making sure to pull the fabric as taut as possible.  After each side was stapled, I added about a million more staples to make sure the fabric was secure.

After the chairs were painted and the cushions were upholstered, I decided that the chairs needed a little something extra.  We had some leftover black latex paint in our storage room, so I painted the back with it to make them a little more interesting.

And here they are!

Poker table before with ugly mis-matched folding chairs...

And our poker table now!

Much better, don't you think?

A few words of wisdom:
1) Guilt your husband into helping you so it doesn't take you 10 hours to paint 6 chairs.
2) Guilt your husband into running back to Walmart to pick up some more spray paint.
3) Don't spray paint in your garage, unless it's something really small.  Definitely not 3 whole chairs. That is, unless you want gray dust all over EV.ER.Y.THING.
4) Learn to be patient.  I repeat: learn to be patient.  (I'm still working on this one...)

Linking to these parties.


  1. wow those chairs turned out great! I love the two tone colors. Fabulous job! (found you from mad in crafts!)


  2. WOW- these turned out AWESOME.. I love it.. Great job.. :)) ...Hi chica.. I mentioned you in my thankful post today.. Hope you can stop in and have a peak : )) xoxo.. M ..

  3. Good article. I'm experiencing many of these issues as well..

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