This stylin lounger has a great mid-century-mod, all-wood frame, but the primary BLUE is ruining my vibe!

Vintage chairThe vinyl was in excellent shape and not a mark on it – perfect for painting.
I went with a white base and grey stripe.
The two colors required a lot of plastic bags and tape, just make sure only the parts that need to be painted are exposed.

Blue vinyl vintage chairThe arms and legs were hand painted in Aged Grey Chalked Paint by Rust-Oleum (The Home Depot).

I used a spray paint Primer to cover all the vinyl for extra durability, followed by light coats of regular latex spray paint in White and Winter Grey.

There is a spray paint marketed specifically for covering vinyl, but it’s basically the same thing as the regular spray.

Neither one will peel or chip off – they bind completely to vinyl, so when you sit on the chair, the dried spray stretches with the vinyl like a second skin.

Prepping for the racing stripe was time consuming but worth it. Remember – Measure twice, paint once.

It’s ESSENTIAL to do many light coats when spray painting, using long, consistent strokes.

Too much paint in one spot will make it dry like crinkled cling wrap and is difficult to fix.

Be patient. SPRAY LIGHTLY. Wait approximately 30 minutes between each light coat.

imageOnce the entire chair is painted with primer and the base color, let it dry overnight before taping out the stripe.

Cover everything BUT the stripe with plastic bags and tape.

Frog Tape seals a straight line and prevents paint from seeping under it. Remove tape after the last coat is applied.

The longer you wait to remove the tape, the higher the chance it will pull dried paint off with it.

imageQuality Update: Two years later, after regular use, the paint has held up perfectly!

imageUsing a stencil is also a great option – be creative!

What design would you use to update an old vinyl chair?

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