Dining Room Chair Before and After

FAT Painted Dining Room Chairs Front Porch Mercantile

I’m so excited to share my dining room chair makeover.

Before and After FAT Painted dining room chairs at Front Porch Mercantile

I am not so excited to tell you this took me 6 months to do. For real. Not because it took that long to paint them, oh no, that took a couple of hours. Its because when you paint for others and for work you kinda sorta put things off when its for yourself. So, I had these chairs a longggg time ago.  I’m happy to slowly and surely get things finished up in our house. I made myself finish them for my Christmas home tour, now I need to paint the table and buffet (any colour suggestions?)

I could not commit to fabric/colour so, after painting the chairs in Fat Paint Parchment, I decided to just paint the fabric.

Painting fabric with Fusion Mineral Paint

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Linen for the fabric, only 2 coats (waiting 12 hours between coats) sanded lightly and waxed the fabric, its not super soft, but not too bad. (Even Mr FPM doesn’t mind them) I will change it out for fabric (probably, but it will probably take me another 6 months to decide – I am bad with fabric, it gives me shivers to think of picking it out)

Some ask if it “gives” here’s an example of pliable is after cured.

Painted dining room chairs Front Porch Mercantile


I prepped the chairs using this method, then 2 coats of FAT Paint Parchment, some distressing and then top coated with Clear Furniture Wax and thats that.

FAT Painted chair Front Porch Mercantile

I’m so happy with the change. They looked so dated before, I love how fresh they look now. I will confess, I am waiting for new chairs, I have my eye on cafe chairs, but until I can save up and find affordable ones, I love these chairs. Loving what I have instead of wishing I had something else. Life’s too short for that right?

Before and After FAT Painted dining room chairs at Front Porch Mercantile

What do you think of these? I’d love to know. I love to hear from you!

Thanks for popping in.





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  1. Wow what a transformation!! Love them!! I wonder if painting faux leather would work? Have you tried that?? As for your buffet – I don’t normally say this – but I really love it in the wood!! It has a nice contrast with your light walls…your table would look great with the top restained and the bottom done in the same colour as the chairs. Will be looking forward to see what you do with it!

  2. Would u recommend doing this on a velvety material?

    • The Front Porch Mercantile says:

      Hi Nick, it doesn’t seem to work as well on velvet, I’ve played with a few pieces and it takes a lot more paint with velvet.
      Hope that helps

  3. I think you did a beautiful job of painting and of choosing the colors for the chair itself and the fabric! Thank you for all the good advice!