Monday, October 21, 2013

DIY: Studio Chair Makeover

I have a fondness for old things especially when they once belonged to a family member. This rusty, paint splattered bar stool style chair was used by my grandparents. I have wonderful memories of working on projects with them in their garage/workshop. If my memory serves me right, this chair was there too.

Not that I needed another project to work on but I loved the idea of using this chair in my studio. All it needed was a face lift.

Once I removed the chair frame from the seat cushion I could work more easily on each section. I sanded the entire metal surface of the chair to remove dirt, rust and old paint. After wiping it down with a clean cloth I gave it a coat of grey primer and then a white finish coat.

Next was the seat cushion. I scrubbed the vinyl to get it as clean as possible and left it in tact because it was in good shape. All I had to do was remove the disintegrating paper from the underside and start attaching the new fabric. It is best to use a canvas weight fabric that is made especially for upholstery or draperies. I had just enough of this fabric left over from another project and thought the bright floral design would be perfect for my studio.

 I would have preferred to use an electric staple gun to attach the upholstery but we don't own one. These aren't as convenient to use but upholstery tacks work well and you don't need any special tools to make them work....just a hammer and some elbow grease! My best advice is to work slowly to make sure you are creating a smooth surface on the front side of the cushion.

I trimmed away the excess fabric and reattached the metal frame. Another tip here is to take photos of your project as you are disassembling it. I can tell you from experience that it comes in handy when you can't remember how everything is suppose to go back together!

I was able to finish this project in one afternoon and started putting it to full use the next day when my grand daughter did some modeling for me!!


  1. Great job! This inspired me to finally re-upholster a small ottoman I have in the garage. Keep them coming!

  2. It's totally adorable. Perfect fabric choice!

    1. thanks! I'm really happy with the way it turned out!


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