Have you ever painted ladder back chairs with rush seats? After getting two chairs from a friend for free, I figured I didn’t have anything to loose.
Painting Glazing Ladder Back Chairs
This is just after the primer coat of my infamous diy chalky paint primer that I make with plaster of paris. Of course I used that paint in my Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer. This job would have been so difficult to paint by hand, don't you agree?
Painted Ladder Back Chairs
These ladder back chairs are nothing special, I’m guessing they may be 10-15 years old. Their color is outdated, but they are in decent shape otherwise. After hanging around in the storage garage for over a year, their day finally came last week.
Clean & Prep Thrift Store Chairs for Painting
Don’t forget to do a good inspection of thrift store finds before their makeover. Make any repairs needed, then proceed to clean items before painting. I started with a broom to sweep away cobwebs from long term storage.
To wipe away grease and grime from years of being in the kitchen my go-to product is TSP . Can you imagine how much easier this will be to paint after removing all the yuck? I prefer to wear latex gloves while doing this kind of cleaning. The TSP also acts as a deglosser, giving a better surface for the paint to adhere. Did I mention I don’t sand?
Proper prep work is very important before painting furniture, whether it’s for yourself and especially if you’re flipping said furniture. With a little elbow grease, the TSP easily removed this splotch of random yellow paint.
Choose the Proper Sized Nozzle
Looking at two of the three nozzle choices that come with the Super Finish Max I chose to go with the green one. I used the largest one (not shown) on my last big DIY project, Painting an Outdoor Building. Changing out the nozzles/pins is really easy with the small wrench that is included.
The Order of Painting Matters
Even though I took lots of time prepping this project, I knew the best way to get a great finish was with my favorite paint sprayer. Painting rungs on chairs is not easy to to by hand, and I knew that the rush seat was going to be it’s own challenge! I find it’s best to paint the underside of a chair first. The best coverage happens when you’re spraying a vertical surface.
Resting my projects on the easy diy sawhorses is the best way to get good coverage on all sides. I made some of my chalky paint primer for the undercoat. The paint I used was a flat paint and I felt it would give me the best chance of good coverage overall. I did two very light coats over the entire chair.
Painting a Ladder Back Chair
The flat paint primer dries really fast on a sunny, breezy day!
Here’s a great look at the before and after of the chair after the primer.
Can I Use Latex Wall Paint for Furniture Flipping?
Did you know you can use latex wall paint for furniture projects? This paint works fabulously in the Super Finish Max without diluting!
I love how easy these chairs were to paint. However, I would recommend using a sanding sponge on the rush seat before painting. This was the first time I’ve painted these type seats and I wouldn’t want you to have to do them over. I believe I’ll be sanding them back a little and painting them again.
Those of you who know me well, probably know I can’t leave well enough alone. I love the white chairs, but I just had to GLAZE them!
How To Apply Glaze
I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I just had to glaze these white ladder back chairs. I used my favorite Smoked Glaze and a chip brush. I''m always telling you how much I love using these brushes for glazing, but I’m not sure you totally understand how fabulous they are. The chip brushes actually improve with age. I know many people use them as single use and throw them away, not me! I prefer to use my Finish Max sprayers for painting, but for glazing, these brushes are perfect.
Why I Love Chip Brushes For Glazing
The bristles of the chip brush are uneven and thin. That makes them perfect for apply glaze and dry brushing paint onto furniture pieces. You can see more tips for glazing in my post How To Glaze Painted Furniture.
The same chip brush is really great at getting the glaze into tight spaces because of the thin bristles.
Ladder Back Chairs Before & After Glaze
Do you like it better with or without the glaze? You will notice I didn’t glaze the rush seat. That’s still up for grabs. What do you think?
Should The Rush Seat be Glazed?
Here’s the chair in my kitchen with my old table. I’m hoping to build a new table this fall when I do some more updates in my kitchen.
I’d love for you to pin this project idea so others will know how easy it is to update ladder back chairs with paint and glaze.
In addition, be sure to check out my friends’ projects for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Challenge below!
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