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DIY ombre chair makeover with just two supplies (in under an hour)

A while back, I picked up a couple of basic dining table chairs that were in need of a little extra love. I liked the spindles and the overall shape, but they were in danger of looking a little bit granny-ish, for lack of a better term.

So, with the help of Valspar and their new line of Furniture Paint, I was able to transform my thrift store find into an ombre statement chair in under an hour (not including drying time).

Valspar just launched both a Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel, two new products ideal for furniture and cabinet DIY projects. With all the projects I have coming up with the studio, I have a feeling I'll be hitting this paint up over and over again.

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour with Valspar Furniture Paint

Materials-wise, all you'll need is a can of Valspar Furniture Paint and a good paint brush. That's it! This particular paint doesn't require much prep (depending on the piece you start with), for mine, I just had to wipe them down! Which I was pretty excited about given the amount of projects we've been adding to the growing list lately. The faster I can cross another DIY off the list the better.

Click through to the video below for the full tutorial for the DIY ombre statement chair...

Quick Tip: At first I thought I wasn’t using the ideal brush when I could see the brushstrokes while painting, but when the paint dried, the surface was completely smooth- so don’t fret when you see brush marks on yours. They'll smooth out and look really professional, like it was always ombre. Yay! I love this paint.

I used Warm Pink 1006-2B for the paint color and was pretty happy with how it turned out. Pastels are my fave. And actually, I'm thinking about trying to find more chairs like these and doing each chair in a different color. Picturing something like a pastel rainbow of chairs.

For more DIY ideas like this one, be sure to check out Valspar's new series of “Rehab Project" videos, spotlighting mini-makeovers using the new paints and project overviews that detail each tutorial from start to finish. The mid-century bar cart makeover is my fave from the recipe card section.

Before and After: DIY Pink Ombre Chair Makeover

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour

Pink Ombre Chair Makeover DIY

How to makeover a thrift store find in under an hour with two supplies!

Photography and video by Amelia Tatnall
Assisted by Rachel Brewer
Production and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you might try this technique on a piece of furniture that needs a little love? I feel like this look would be perfect for an old dresser or buffet. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on furniture pieces that would be good for a little ombre makeover.

P.S. My apologies if I got a Hole song stuck in your head after reading the title. I couldn't help it.


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Hally's, Parsons Green, London

Every once in a while, there's an object that keeps popping up that I would never think of buying if I saw it on its own. Something in a color that typically doesn't appeal to me. But everywhere I turn, these yellow chairs keep taking an otherwise neutral space and injecting a shot of life.

Yellow is not my favorite color. Ever since I had my 'colors' done and was told that the only yellow I could ever wear was a super-light icy tone, I have avoided it like the plague. But it is one of my husband's favorites, so I try to keep an open mind. And these yellow chairs, ranging from powdered coated industrial, to refinished rattan, to modern marvel, are just the ticket.

Do you have a spot that a yellow chair might perk up?

(above) Industrial Row


Refinished Wood + Painted Rattan


Molded Modern


Old Spindle + Shaped Fiberglass


Yellow Dining

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


This week, our furniture (and everything else from our old place) arrived in Florida. Woohoo! No more folding chairs or sad, little blowup mattress. So needless to say, I've been spending a lot of time unpacking boxes this week. And arranging things. Which means, I wasn't able to get a DIY roundup together for today, but I'm sure you can find some crafty goodness here, if you want to look through the archives.

I also have a few posts up this week on Curbly that you might enjoy...

P.S. There are still a few days left to submit your shop for the first holiday papernstitch exhibition of the year. Yep, we're already getting ready for the busy shopping season. You can submit right here if you are interested in having your work promoted in this curated showcase. More details here if you have any questions.

Hope you have a great weekend.