How to Paint Flowers on a Wooden Lawn Chair

by Earl Smith
Flowers add colorful whimsy to a wooden lawn chair.

Flowers add colorful whimsy to a wooden lawn chair.

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Add a rainbow of floral whimsy to a plain wooden lawn chair with painted flowers. Highlight flowers in your garden or have your chair act as your mini garden if you don't have a green thumb. Preparing the surface for painting then sealing helps preserve your handiwork. And even if you don't draw free-hand, you can create an artistic chair by tracing on the design.

Items you will need

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Notepad
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Colored pen
  • Oil-base primer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Trace paper
  • Tape
  • Sealant
Step 1

Clean the chair thoroughly. Pour water into a bucket then add about a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent to the water and swirl to mix. Thoroughly wipe down the wood with a cloth or sponge, removing all debris from the surface. Pour out the dirty water, add clean water to the bucket, and wipe the detergent off the chair. Let dry completely.

Step 2

Brush oil-base primer onto the entire chair to protect the wood. Use a brush large enough to easily cover the widest surface. Let dry completely. Primer may take one to two days to dry.

Step 3

Design a pattern by first measuring the area you want to paint with flowers. If the chair has spindles, write down the length, width and number on the notepad. If you have a solid-back wood lawn chair, measure the entire back. Measure the seat. Create a your design with measurements you've documented on a large piece of paper. Sketch a miniature version of the chair, and add flowers and leaves until you create to look you want. Adding leaves will add dimension to the flowers.

Step 4

Draw or trace your flowers onto the wood surface with a colored pen that shows up easily. Using your sketch as a guide, either draw the flowers free-hand onto the wooden lawn chair, or trace the pattern onto a piece of tracing paper cut to the measurements of the area you are painting, then tape the paper onto the chair and trace the flowers onto the wood.

Step 5

Study painted flowers that inspire you. Look at drawn images online or check out library books with drawn flowers and examine how the artist shades the flowers and leaves. Make a list of the colors and hues of colors you want to use to both paint and shade the flowers and leaves.

Step 6

Paint the drawn or traced flowers with paintbrushes using your chosen acrylic colors. Acrylic paint bonds well to wood. Shade the flowers and leaves using different hues of similar colors.

Step 7

Apply sealant to the design. Add a spray-on sealant or paint-on sealant, which come in a matte (flat) or glossy (shiny) finish. Choose the finish that gives your painted chair the look that appeals to you.

About the Author

Earl Smith has been writing since 1996. His articles have appeared in "Focus" and "On the Scene" magazines and the "Rio Rancho News." He is an Air Force veteran and has a B.A. in business administration from Illinois State University.

Photo Credits

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