DIY Chair Changeup

By Allison Raber

Do you have an old upholstered chair you are looking to replace? Instead of hunting for a new one, consider giving the one you have a face-lift with this DIY!

Materials Needed

Chair with upholstered seat

Drop cloth

Upholstery fabric

Heavy duty staple gun

Upholstery staple remover

Scissors

Screwdriver

1 quart interior latex paint

Spray primer

Paintbrush

Getting Started

  1. After giving your chair a good wipe down with a damp cloth, use a screwdriver to remove the screws from underneath the seat. Remove the seat and set aside. Make sure to put the screws somewhere safe; you will need them later.
  2. In a well-ventilated area, place your chair on a drop cloth and spray a coat of primer all over the chair frame. Be sure to get underneath the armrests and in the corners. You can also use a liquid primer, but we found the spray to be easiest.
  3. Once the primer is fully dry, stir your paint. Working from the top down, paint a first layer all over the chair frame. Remember to get in the corners and hidden areas. Repeat with a second coat.
  4. While your chair frame dries, use the staple remover to remove the fabric from the chair seat. You will use this as a template to cut out your new fabric. Trace around the template with a fabric pencil, leaving some extra space for error. Cut out the fabric and lay it face down on a firm surface. Place your seat upside down on the new fabric. Starting with the corners, begin pulling the fabric up and around the seat and stapling it in place. It is a good idea to start with less staples until you are happy with the placement of everything. Once you are happy with your placement, add some additional staples all around the edges to secure. Cut off any excess fabric.
  5. Place your seat back on to your dry chair frame. Using your screwdriver, replace the screws to secure the seat.
  6. Find the perfect spot in your home for your chair to live!