Spray Painted Vinyl Chair

Say hello to my new office chair…

I was really inspired by this project, so when I found this old brown vinyl chair at the thrift store for $4.99, I couldn’t pass it up!  (Hi there, Bowen… how did you get  into this photo?)

It was in really great shape – no major rips or tears.  But it was pretty dirty.  So I got rid of all the grease and grime by wiping it down with Orange Blast.

I had the hardest time deciding on a color for this chair.  I really only wanted to use a Rustoleum spray paint because of how well it bonds to vinyl and plastics.  But the selection of colors at my local Home Depot/Lowe’s was not at all what I had in mind.  I was really wanting the color to look more like this Eames chair from Room & Board:

What I did end up finding while browsing Lowe’s was a can of Valspar spray paint in Silver Fox.

While I loved the color and thought it would be perfect, I was sort of skeptical about how well it would it would bond to vinyl… the can says it’s good to use on wood, metal, and plastic, but I couldn’t be sure how good it would end up looking.  So what I ended up doing was giving it a primer coat using Rustoleum…

And then I sprayed it with Silver Fox on top.  I have to say that I ended up loving the way that the Valspar spray paint went on!  I was really impressed.  The color is great and the paint bonded very well to the vinyl… no problem!

As you can see, I left some of the white peeking through.  I thought it gave it more of a leather-ish look and a little more variation.  Oh I love that tufted back!  So chic.

I left the legs as-is.  The brown/gold combo on the legs looks so great with the new silver/blue color.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Lettie – I noticed the reflection of the china cabinet in your new mirror. I have a duplicate of that cabinet in my house! Mine was my grandmother’s that she purchased sometime in the 50’s. I also have the dining table that I really don’t have room for. Have decided to sell it. Keeping the cabinet for Amanda but enjoy it in our home now. How did you come by your cabinet?

  2. Hi Nancy! How funny! The china cabinet was my grandmother’s. I love it, always have. She bought it in Boise, Id. sometime in the 70s, I think. It’s such a beautiful piece!

  3. This is an awesome idea! Especially if one has a low budget for make overs. And I love the COLOR by the way :-) Amazing how soft and natural it looks! I’d be curious to know what happens after a few months of being used, but I’m so going to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks, Max! I will definitely be sharing how it holds up in the coming months, as that is the question everyone is asking! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    I love this! I have been searching all over for a way to paint vinyl that didn’t involve a million steps and very few color options. I have used that line if valspar before and liked it. It’s hard to tell in your picture, did you use a flat, semi or gloss? Did you run into much difficulty around the creases and buttons? I love the color you chose. I’m definitely going to lowes this week to try this (I have two 50’s-60’s dining sets, And ottomans that will thank you and are about to look very cute) thanks for the info! The chair turned out gorgeous.

  6. Thanks so much, Jocelyn! I used the Silver Fox in flat. I definitely recommend using a Rustoleum spray primer first, then the Valspar color on top. Rustoleum has a very good reputation for bonding to plastic and vinyl!

    I would love to see what you do with your ottomans and chairs. Feel free to email me the results! I love a good furniture makeover! :)


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