How To Paint Furniture: Child's Decorative Chair

Instructions on how to paint a multi colored wooden chair that would make a great addition to any child's room.

Brightly colored objects intrigue most children, so it is nice to surround them with a colorful environment. Many children would love to have a colorful chair of their very own. You do not have to spend a lot of money at a specialty store to achieve this look. With a little work, you can create a wonderful colorful chair for your child.

Begin by selecting a wooden chair you would like to paint. The easiest way to start out is by purchasing an unfinished wooden chair. There are many unfinished furniture stores that offer various chair designs. If you do not mind adding a bit of work to the project, use a wooden chair from a flea market or a garage sale, or a chair that maybe you have stuck in your basement. With this method, you will most likely have to sand down whatever has already been applied to the chair (paint, stain, etc.) until you get to the raw wood.

After you have a raw wood chair, make sure it is sanded smoothly all over the chair. Use fine sandpaper to create smooth edges. The first coat of paint to apply to the chair is the primer. The easiest and fastest way to apply primer is by using spray on primer. Make sure to spray your chair outdoors and over some type of protective cover such as a tarp. Make sure to spray the entire chair.



When the primer has thoroughly dried, you may then start the colorful chair painting process. This step can be done indoors if you use non-fuming and non-toxic paint. Acrylic paints can be purchased inexpensively at most craft stores and come in many bright colors. Choose a selection of colors that you think your child would enjoy. Choose a different color for each section of the chair. For instance, you might want to paint one leg green, another red, and the seat blue. The more colors you use, the more fun the chair will look. Use a small paintbrush to get around the tight edges, and use a larger brush for the big areas. Depending on the paint, you may need to apply two or three coats of each color for full coverage.

After the paint you have just applied thoroughly dries, you may then choose to add a design to the chair. Don't worry if you are not an artist, as any simple design will work. Stars, hearts, and zig zags are always easy choices. You may even want to use a large rubber stamp or a stencil for a more uniform design. To personalize the chair, paint your child's name across it. Use as many bright colors as you can to make the chair really stand out.

Upon fully completing the painting of the chair, allow the paint to thoroughly dry once again. Take the chair back outside and spray it with a clear spray-on coating to seal the paint. You may choose either a glossy finish or a matte finish, depending on your preference. The instructions on the spray can should tell you how many coats to apply.

Allow your chair to completely dry for several days before giving it to your child. This is a gift that your child will be able to enjoy for many years. And knowing that you made it especially for him or her will help to make it even more special.

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