Checkboard Easy Chair-Complete Makeover

Checkboard Easy Chair-Complete Makeover


Checkboard Easy Chair-Complete Makeover
Checkboard Easy Chair-Complete Makeover
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From the Designer: "I came home one day and found our old and tattered easy chair on the back porch.  It looked so sad out there as it waited for a one way trip to the dump.  

When I received a huge box of paint from Rustoleum, I knew immediately what I wanted to do.  Now convincing the family to let me paint and keep it is a complete other story.  So after some promises of making it really cool, they agreed to let me loose.

I had never painted fabric furniture before, so I truly was a beginner and just went for it.  I am blown away by how vibrant the color is and after sealing it, I get to keep it on the back porch.  It will be quite a conversation piece at backyard gatherings this summer."

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePainting

Difficulty LevelBeginner

Materials List

  • Rustoleum Painters Touch Blue
  • Rustoleum Satin White
  • Rustoleum Universal Metallic Brushed Bronze
  • Rustoleum Clear Enamel
  • 3M Blue Tape


  1. Wipe down your furniture with a damp sponge.  Let air dry outside.  Keep the furniture outside due to the painting process.

  2. Cover the wood legs with 3M blue tape.  Pay special attention next to the fabric as over spray can easily get on the wood legs. Remove the seat pad and put aside.

  3. Place furniture on one side and spray paint evenly, then move over to the other side.  You will be adding a number of layers so do not worry about changing sides.  Once done with the sides put the chair on its legs and continue to spray paint using even strokes until you cover the front, back and arms of the chair. 

  4. Continue to layer the blue paint until the chair is covered thoroughly.  

  5. Remove the blue tape and spray the Rustoleum Metallic paint on the wood legs to complete the chair.  This will give it the final touch.

  6. Its time to make the checkerboard pattern on the seat pad. Keep the seat pad seperate from the finished chair. You will need to give it 4-5 coats of the Rustoleum blue spray paint to get good coverage. Let it dry. 

  7. We then are going to add 3M blue tape in a checkerboard pattern across the top of the seat pad.  Spray the Rustoleum white spray in the areas that remained exposed. Give it 3-4 coats and let dry.  

  8. Remove the blue tape slowly.  There will likely be over spray, you can easily go back in and spray the blue paint in those areas.

  9. Once dry, place back on the chair.

    Note: the basket pictured was sprayed with Rustoleum Universal Metallic in Rubbed Bronze paint to match the legs of the chair.

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This upcycle idea is amazing! What kind of spray pain sticks on fabric like that? How long does it last and what if someone splls a drink on it? I hate to throw away old furniture if there is a chance i could give it some new life and this is an amazing project.

I never knew you could spray paint on the fabric and it would not wash off and I love the idea. You no longer and I really like the metallic rubbed bronze on the legs it gives it that extra special touch and I so like the basket with the metallic paint that adds give a finished look. What keeps it from rubbing off? The clear enamel? I really like upcycling project to give the piece new life.


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