We recently built a table for my dining room. I love it and will be sharing about that soon, but first let’s talk about these yellow chairs! We chose to build a dining room table that seats eight, because we often have a very full house with friends and co-workers. I wasn’t ready to commit to eight matching chairs so I decided to collect mismatched chairs and paint them all the same color.
Collecting the chairs was fun. I spent a week or so hunting them down from local flea markets and thrifts. I chose anything that was sturdy, had a good shape and only had seats that could be reupholstered (if any at all).
To paint the chairs, I started with a base coat of Kilz Odorless Interior Oil Based Sealer Primer. I have used this primer for quite a few recent projects including our kitchen cabinets and my cocktail cart.
For the top coat I used Rust-Oleum Safety Yellow. The color is a bright primary yellow and I absolutely love it!
Painting eight chairs is no small task. I actually had two friends helping me (thank you Mallory + Emma!) and it still took about five days for us to complete them (so. many. coats.) Three of the seats needed to be reupholstered. We simply unscrewed them and attached new fabric to each seat by stapling it underneath with a staple gun.
I am so happy with the chairs we have! I love that they don’t match and I enjoy the pop of color they add to our dining room. What do you think about mismatched furniture? xoxo. Elsie
Do you still recommend this paint or do you think the hard paint like you did on the kitchen cabinets is better?
they look just awesome.. u cant just beat them.. I wanted to do mix n match chairs for my dining and was also planning to go with yellow.. this is inspiring .. i will post mine once i finish it 🙂
Did you have to sand the chairs before you painted them? I’m in the middle of redoing our kitchen table + chairs, also. I sanded the table but the chairs are a little more difficult to do so with. Now I’m wondering if it is necessary at all?
Your chairs turned out beautifully! They inspired me to go a different color than my table! White for the table & light blue for the chairs!
This is exactly what i’ve been wanting to do with our dining chairs. thanks for the inspiration :o)
I saw the post about your table and just had to follow the link to these chairs, I love the idea of mismatched chairs but i had always been a bit hesitant because I like everything to match and that’s a great way to get a matched look without buying the standard dining set that everyone has, you guys make me wish i was craftier
Pete, my rug is from Urban Outfitters (still in stock!)
Thanks so much, Elsie
Awesome, AWESOME work on the table. Total freak’n radness/ The chairs are a great fit. It’s funny what notice though. I’m in the market for a rug at the moment and the one pictured is perfect. Could you pleeeeeaaaase tell me where this is from??? I Love it! Thanks.
These are wonderful! I love the colour. Having all of the chairs in a different style makes this even more special.
These look fab. I love the energy that yellow brings to the space. I did something similar this summer and took 11 mismatched chairs, painted them white and ‘dipped’ the legs. (here: http://sugarsugarhouse.com/2012/08/09/dipped-kitchen-chairs/)
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve looked at this post at least ten times now and I am in head over heels in love with the fact that they don’t match.
Love it! And it reminded me of 2 TV shows and their dining chairs: Friends – one of the character’s, Monica, had mismatching chairs, which I’ve always enjoyed – and Gossip Girl – recently, in an episode, I noticed yellow chairs in a dining room table set in a scene and thought the color was such a great choice! Great job!
Beautiful dining room, Elsie! A few quick questions:
Did you sand the chairs or strip off any existing paint/stain?
How many coats of paint did you do?
And, lastly, did you finish them with a sealant or polyurethane?
Thanks, d. xoxo.
I love the idea of mix-matched chairs at the dining table. I had never thought of painting them the same color, though – Love that!
My interior design company actually just moved offices and for a fun change we painted all the doors and baseboards almost the same exact bright yellow! Were still completing the finishing touches but it’s going to look FAB! Such a great way to add a pop of color!
Where can i het specific directions on how to create dining wood table?
This looks gorgeous, thought of painting the chest of draws but not the chairs! This could be dangerous, may end up painting everything!
I looooove mismatched chairs. We have a huge dining room table and spent a long time searching for and collecting various old chairs. We love the look and now we laugh about our chair addiction cause we are always finding awesome, irresistible chairs for all over our house, haha!
LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE the yellow!! I’m super excited to see the table DIY too.
Amazing!I love the colour!So bright!
I recently painted some furniture and yes it can take time but when you’ve done it’s so rewarding to look at your achievement!
Love how the diferents chair look like one with just painting!