DIY Chair Redo

I first decided that I would be taking on this project when myself and my husband moved into the home we had recently purchased. We had a dinning room table and Used chairs that where given to me as a gift.  The chairs didn’t match my table however they were in good condition and had a lot of life left in them.  All they needed was a little TLC to make them work for my budget and décor.

Whether you’re super crafty or not anyone can complete this simple DIY project with beautiful results.  This is great on a budget and a good way to stop  a perfectly good piece from ending up in our already overfull  landfills.


What You Will Need

(I have put down the colours and supplies I used in my project. My pricing is based on my local Wal Mart )

  • Staple Gun
  • Fabric scissors
  • Screw Driver
  • Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover x 3
  • Krylon Dual Paint and Primer Flat Black x5
  • Fabric Palette 2 yd x 42″ 100% cotton black
  • 3M Home Dust Mask

Total cost for paint: $ 61.84

Total cost for Fabric: $25.94

Total cost for mask: $5.27

Total supply cost: $93.05 + tax.


While working on this project because of the fumes that will occur make sure that your are either outside or in a well ventilated area.

Step #1 

Place plastic on the ground where you will be working on the chairs. Then place all of your chairs on the plastic.

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Step #2

Unscrew the seats from the chairs.  After this although the paint says that there is no need to clean or sand the furniture before applying, I would suggest at least wiping the chairs down to ensure a smooth application.

Step #3

Put on your protective mask and apply an even coat on the entire chair.  Make sure to check for any missed spots.  Once you have applied the coat of paint let dry for about 20-35 minutes depending on humidity etc.

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Step #4 

Now is  a good time to start on the seats.  Roll out your chosen fabric and place the cushion on to it to measure how much you will need. Once you have cut out your piece of fabric wrap it around the cushion making sure it is pulled tight and there are no wrinkles.  Staple the fabric to the underside of the seat and repeat for all other chairs.

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Step #5

Check on your chairs. If the paint is dry check for any missed spots that may now be viewable. (If there are any spots apply required paint and let dry again)  Now you apply the clear coat to add a nice gloss and ensure that the paint will not chip over time from use. Once done let them dry overnight before reassembly.

Step #6

After leaving the chairs to dry overnight re-attach the seats to the chairs.  And voila! you’re done.

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Author: Crystal Gard

I’m a 30 year old Canadian with 3 adorable cats! I’m an avid reader, scrapbooker, blogger, crafter including jewelery making , mixed media art, and watercolour art, among many others and of course cat lover!


14 thoughts on “DIY Chair Redo

  1. Lawrence Hamilton says:

    You did an awesome job with the chair. It looks like something people would pay thousands of dollars for!

  2. Very nice!
    Many times you can save so much money just by adding new fabric, or painting! I did this to a few items and transformed them. One was a chest, I still use it. You can really save money and an item you really like .. wonderful idea and share

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