Styling in Gray: Color-Blocked Chair

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Sitting area with a white and gray chair, side table. Wall behind is painted, top half in gray, bottom half is white.
Styles inevitably change, and what may have once been a very fashionable piece of furniture is now hopelessly outdated.  Worry not! A can of paint, a trendy color, and a little elbow grease can easily take a piece from the antiquated into the au courant. Such was the case with this chair. We loved the design, but it had definitely seen better days and did not match anything else we had.  The decision was made to give this chair a new look and new- life in gray.
Materials:
2 Paint colors- we used Platinum PPU26-11 for the main color and Overcast PPU26-21 as our accent
Paint tray
Paint rollers and roller covers, or paintbrush
Old Chair
Tools:
Painter’s Tape
Ruler
Pen or pencil
Step 1: Measure and mark the chair
Measure 5” from the bottom of the chair leg and mark it with a pen.
Measure and marking chair legs.
Step 2: Tape the chair
With painter’s tape, tape off the bottom of the chair leg at the 5” pencil mark. Tape off any other areas of the chair you want to paint in the accent color.
Adding blue masking tape to a chair leg. Adding blue masking tape.  A chair after being prepped with blue tape.
Step 3: Paint accent color
Paint the taped off areas in your accent color using a small roller or brush.  Allow it to dry.  If needed apply a second coat and allow to dry as well.
Pouring gray paint into paint tray. painting the chair with gray paint.
Step 4: Remove and reapply tape
Once the paint is completely dry, remove the tape. Then, place tape over the part you just painted to protect it from your main color.
Adding blue tape. Retape-chair-blog-crop
Step 5: Paint
Paint the rest of the chair with a small roller or brush in your main color selection. Allow it to dry.  If needed apply a second coat and allow to dry as well.
White paint in a paint tray. painting the chair with white paint. painting the chair leg with white paint.
Step 6: Remove tape and paint seat
Remove all tape. Then, paint the seat of the chair with your accent color using a small roller and detail brush. Allow it to dry.  If needed apply second coat and allow to dry as well.
Painting chair seat area with gray paint.
Step 7: Enjoy your fabulous, modernized chair!
 Tight view of the painted chair.

Wall colors featured: Hailstorm Gray PPU24-17, Silent White PPU26-13

Colorfully yours,
Kaylene Karim

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