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Dull to Colorful: an Acrylic Chair DIY


Today, we’re showing you how easy it is to create a multi-colored chair pairing in your dining room AND get to make them in whatever colors fit your space! It’s an inexpensive DIY to take a simple acrylic chair up a notch and make it uniquely yours! Here’s what we started with…

dull to colorful: an acrylic chair DIY / via oh joy!

These clear acrylic chairs are everywhere! I love the clear look, but the clear chair gives us an opportunity to customize it, too.

dull to colorful: an acrylic chair DIY / via oh joy!

You’ll need…
– painters tape
gold spray paint
– house paint (we chose to do a gradient in pink/peach/salmon/coral shades)
– paint brush
polyacrylic spray paint

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Here’s how…
1. Before assembling the chairs, spray paint the legs and hardware with gold spray paint. Let dry 30 minutes.
2. Tape the edges of the chair seat.
3. Use paint brush to apply paint to the back of the chair. You will need to paint multiple coats to get a solid color. Let dry 15-20 minutes between each coat.
4. Once paint has fully dried, spray the back of chair with polyacrylic spray paint to protect the paint from chipping. Let dry 15 minutes.
5. Assemble chairs according to the instructions.

dull to colorful: an acrylic chair DIY / via oh joy!

Ta-dah! And, it looks way more expensive than it was.

dull to colorful: an acrylic chair DIY / via oh joy!

We chose to use different colors in the same color family for a fun punch of color and eclectic but sophisticated statement. You can paint them all the same color of mix it up however you’d like! 

P.S. Other makeovers of a rusty metal chair, a vintage side table, and a wicker chair.

Sources shown: Benjamin Moore Peachy Keen paint, Wayfair bookshelf (Similar), vintage striped glasses, Anne & Kate swizzle sticks (Similar), Anthropologie yellow glasses (past season), Target mini cake stands (similar), vintage ombre pitcher & glass set, Target wooden box (similar), Paper Source dotty box, Animal Kingdom flamingo print*, Framebridge frame*, vintage floor lamp, Wayfair rug (similar), Ikea table (painted blush), Oh Joy! DIY purple plant stand, Anthropologie wire basket (similar), vintage pitcher, W&P pineapple shaker (similar), Sugar & Cloth cactus glasses*.

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong.}


  1. Hi Teresa,
    You can paint them but the effect won’t be quite the same as here whereas the clear chair allows the color to show through!

  2. I have these chairs and find them a bit lack luster, I love this post but I already have the chairs put together so I’m wondering if it would be fun to decoupage some images on the underside of the chairs and then sealing the back with paint. So when you look at it around the table there is color but then the seats are a collage or a pattern 🤔🤔 I’m gonna mull it over but either way this elevates the look so much!!!


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