DIY: Two-Tone Bentwood Chairs

Sep 9, 2013


I was working on a project recently, where the budget was a bit tight. (more details on that later.

Basically, we had to use some furniture that already belonged to the client. It didn’t 100% work for the look they wanted, yet we had no choice. Enter DIY mode: how to make these neutral pieces more young, fun and colorful, (aka: the new and improved look) with not so much money?  

I had 3 Vienna Side Chairs & some spray paint to work with: 
Thonet originally designed the chairs around the the 1840’s to be held together with only screws, no glue. Luckily Crate and Barrel followed that design, so removing the back was a cinch. I removed said screws from the part I wanted to change, (remember to wear a respirator) and got spraying. 

*After your last coat, wait about 24 hours for the paint to cure, and then reassemble. 
Be patient. I know, it’s difficult. 

Here’s the end result: 
So simple, but changes the entire look! 
Perhaps do this with other types of chairs, or some that you already own. 
Just examine the way they are assembled like I did.  
Or try a different combo; these side chairs are available in 5 colors.





  1. nancye

    September 9th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    So simple, but simply fabulous!!!

  2. Angela Flournoy

    September 12th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks nancye!

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    September 12th, 2013 at 4:02 am

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  4. Sarah

    November 19th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I really loved the concept. It is quite a simple process but the outcome could be so great.


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