This California heat wave is summer’s way of telling us it’s here to stay for at least a few more weeks. And that means more time spent outdoors, whether it be at a picnic, concert or backyard BBQ. Since portable folding chairs are a constant must-have for those warm nights, I thought it would be fun to add some personality to them by way of color. Taking Glidden® paint’s My Life, My Color quiz helped me narrow down some bold and bright color choices – I loved each of them so much I might even end up using a couple for future home projects!

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You’ll need:

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Start by making sure the surface of the chair is clean and smooth. If not, then lightly sanding and wiping clean with a washcloth is recommended. Then, mark the middle of the top of the chair’s seat with a ruler and measure approximately 3 inches to the right and left of the center mark. Do the same with the bottom of the chair’s seat and draw a line between them using the ruler. This will be the middle stripe.

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Place premium painter’s tape along the pencil line and be sure to press firmly on the sides of the tape to prevent leaks.

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Since the next stripe will measure approximately 1 inch each, measure another 1/2 inch from the outside of the painter’s tape to create space for the third stripe. Tape the back of the chair and the underside of the chair.

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Paint in the taped off center area with the first color. stripedchairs6

Allow the paint to dry for at least an hour before applying a second coat.

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Now apply the third color to the smaller taped off area. Apply a second coat.

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Remove the tape immediately before the paint dries. Allow to fully dry for a few hours before taping off the second stripe. Carefully line the tape along the painted edges. It’s best not to cover the painted edge completely as this will leave a colorless gap when painting the second stripe.

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Paint the second stripe with a third color. Apply a second coat and remove the tape immediately.

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Have fun mixing up the color combinations!

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Enjoy your newly painted chairs!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)