DIY Dining Chairs

Painting furniture is an effective way to update the dining room. Furniture items such as tables, chairs, sideboards and cabinets can all be transformed using a simple coat of paint.
Step-by-step how to paint dining chairs Painting dining chairs is a sure-fire way to achieve a stunning new look in the dining room.

Things you will need:

  • Cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Small paint brush
  • Dulux 1 Step® Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat
  • Dulux Aquanamel™


  1. Remove cushions and upholstery from chairs.
  2. Repair any holes or chips in furniture using a wood putty such as Selleys Woodfilling putty.
  3. Sand back all items to create a smooth and bare surface. If it’s a sleek, glossy surface (like varnished or sealed wood) gently sand the entire piece using 100 grit sandpaper. If it’s a dry, chalky surface (like unfinished wood or flat paint) you can lightly sand back.


  1. Apply Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat with a foam roller or paint brush. Ensure the entire piece is well covered, although this coat of primer does not need to be applied perfectly evenly. Allow to dry.

    Tip: Dulux 1 Step Acrylic Primer, Sealer & Undercoat dries in one hour giving you more time to get on with the job.
  2. Now it’s time to apply the top coat. Using a high quality paint brush, apply two thin, even coats of Dulux Aquanamel in your chosen colour. Ensure the first coat is dry before applying a second coat (each coat should be applied super lightly and evenly – aim for the thickness of an eggshell or a piece of paper) to avoid brush strokes or roller marks. Allow to dry.

    Tip: Dulux Aquanamel is available in a semigloss or a high gloss finish. It is quick drying, hard wearing and can be wiped clean.
  3. Enjoy! Once dry, its time to show off your freshly updated furniture in the dining room.