DIY Striped Chairs

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)

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37 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    These striped chairs look too cute and it looks so simple that I have to try this diy. I love the last pic 😀

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    xx Mira

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  2. This is such a great idea!

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  3. kim wrote:

    adorable! love the color combination. 🙂

    -kim
    midnight snark

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  4. Laura wrote:

    Amazing idea ! Love it 🙂
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    Love from Paris

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  5. Rachelle wrote:

    This is so cool and so pretty. love it.

    xo
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  6. STEL STYLE wrote:

    This DIY is so original, love so much!!

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  7. meg wrote:
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  8. Elisa wrote:

    So lovely, so chic!
    Amazing idea!!!

    With love,
    Elisa
    MY FANTABULOUS WORLD

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  9. Monica wrote:

    Neat! I like the colors here.

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  10. Venoma wrote:

    Such a great idea!

    XoXo
    Venoma
    Venoma’s fashion diary

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  11. I love this DIY!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com/

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  12. Ambyr wrote:

    These are SO cute. I love the colors of paint you guys choose. Hmmm, I want some of these for my patio.

    xoxo
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  13. andy wrote:

    LOVE THIS,SO COOL 🙂

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  14. Very nice color combo!

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  15. This is so perfect! And I bet they’d look great indoors as well!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/InfiniteStyleShop

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  16. I’ve never painted my chairs 🙂
    Great idea!

    Check out my blog for inspiration!

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  17. Denisa wrote:

    Simple and nice. x

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  18. So gorgeous, what a great idea to spruce up an old chair.

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  19. Such a great idea, I love it!

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  20. i.s. wrote:
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  21. Benjamin wrote:

    These look awesome. I bet they would brighten any room/garden instantly and for such little effort. Well done hun. x

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  22. Steve wrote:

    This is genius, you’ll definitely give IKEA a run for there money with this kind of design. Very nice.

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  23. Monika wrote:

    Great idea! Love the colors you used.

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  24. Great way to freshen up old chairs! I love doing up cycling tutorials on hapinesswherever.wordpress.com too!

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  25. Maureen wrote:

    This is just the most beautiful DIY i have ever seen!
    Thanks

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  26. Katy wrote:

    great idea, I love it!
    thanks

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