How To

How to Color Dip a Chair


Chair One quart of Glidden paint + primer in semi-gloss (featured color) Measuring tape or ruler Painter’s tape Pencil 220-grit sandpaper or sanding block Tack cloth or soft rag Drop cloth 2½” angled paintbrush Paint cup Paint stirrers

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Step 1.
Measure desired height of dip.

Use a measuring tape or ruler and pencil to mark the desired height of the dip on each leg. Our dip marks were about 5 inches.

Step 2.
Use painter’s tape to mark off all four legs.

Position the painter’s tape just above the pencil marks and press down firmly so the bottom of the tape is completely flat. Make sure it looks level.

Step 3.
Sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe away residue.

Sand with the grain of the wood, never against or across it. If your chair is unfinished, raw wood, only a light sanding in necessary. If your chair is heavily varnished (it will look shiny), give it a good 5 to 10 minute scuffing. Wipe away all residue with tack cloth or soft rag. This provides a smooth surface for paint to stick to.

Step 4.
Apply three even coats of semi-gloss paint using an angled brush. Let dry.

Position the chair so the legs are sticking straight up in the air. Use an angled brush to apply thin, even coverage to the bottom of the legs. Let dry between coats.

Step 5.
Remove painter’s tape.

Once the last coat of paint has started to dry, pull off the painter’s tape. Make sure not to touch the wet paint with the tape as you pull it off. If needed, touch up lines with a small brush or fingernail. Let dry upside down for 24 hours.