Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs

Today I am sharing how I transformed these farmhouse chairs from trash to treasure. And I am excited to say this is the start of a new series on my blog called Friday Flip! Every Friday I will be sharing items I’ve found for free or very cheap and transformed into something I love. My goal is to show you that decorating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you can actually create a home full of great pieces if you’re willing to put in the work. So let’s get this started!

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs MakeoverBefore moving into this home we never had a formal dining room. And while I was excited to finally have a dining room to decorate, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of purchasing the furniture we needed to fill the space. At the time we were spending money like crazy on other things we needed for our new home, so I did what any thrifty DIY-er does and I turned to the free section of Craigslist. Yes, it is scary, and many times I find nothing. But imagine my delight when I stumbled on a set of four solid wood farmhouse style dining chairs. And to make it even better the chairs were only a few miles from where I lived and available that day. Let’s just say I got there as fast as I could. This is what I found:

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs Before

These were exactly what I had envisioned for our home. I wanted the traditional farmhouse wooden chair with pretty detailing on top. We purchased a farmhouse table for our dining room (from Craigslist!) so I was looking for chairs that would match up with that perfectly and also work in our breakfast nook.

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs with Primer

I planned to chalk paint the chairs, but I started off by priming them first because I knew they would get a lot of use and I wanted the paint to be really durable for a loooong time. The chalk paint went over the primer perfectly. I used the Zinsser All Surface Primer in white.

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs

Here’s the finished look! I used Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. I absolutely love the way they turned out. All the little details just pop now that the chairs are white. After painting I lightly distressed them with a piece of sandpaper. Then I finished them off with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs

I still can’t believe I got these chairs for free. It was such a blessing at the time. And now I get so many questions about them. We have two in our breakfast nook and two in the dining room.

Friday Flip: Farmhouse Chairs in Breakfast Nook


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  1. 2.26.16
    Jacy said:

    I love those chairs so so much! What a score!!

  2. 2.26.16
    Kristi Bissell said:

    Sarah – they turned out soooooo great!!! Love love love!!!

    • 3.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Kristi!!

  3. 2.27.16
    Cheryl said:

    You did a beautiful job on the chairs. Looking forward to your Friday Flip posts!

    • 3.4.16
      Sarah said:

      Yay! thank you so much!

  4. 2.27.16
    Sarah said:

    Wow they look so fab

    • 2.28.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. 2.27.16
    Marianne said:

    Wow i have 6 chairs like that and the matching table with insert and i wanted to do this but not being at all creative i had no clue where to start. So helpful. Thank you.

  6. 3.7.16
    kellie said:

    Great job, Sarah!! so perfect for your home!

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  11. 7.21.16
    Shenandoah said:

    I am so grateful for you candid help here! I am starting over decorating my house now that my kids are grown. I want to live in the South but am stuck in So Cal so I decided to make my house into a farmhouse and with all of your tips and tricks, I feel empowered.
    Thank you so much!

  12. 8.23.17
    Femke said:

    I have looked at a few of your projects they look awesome! I’m going to redo our kitchen table and chairs in the near future. I read you’ve done your table with poly instead of the Annie Sloan wax, and that you’ve done the same when you redid your bathroom
    Vanities… my question is how did the paint hold on the chairs? Was the clear wax enough or would you recommend using poly here as well? And you mentioned putting primer on the chairs first… did you sand them before you put on the primer? I’ve never worked with chalk paint before so I’m just doing research and am looking at chalkpaint because I love the look and know I will be much more likely to finish the project if I don’t have to sand it all first…..