We replaced the old tapestry seats with a linked geometric pattern fabric ($9.99 a yard, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft). A coat of white lacquer spray paint from Rust-Oleum ($3.89) completed the update.
Easy Weekend Project!
How to Make Over a Chair
1/Remove the Seat
Turn the chair upside down and remove the screws holding the seat to the chair’s wooden frame. Make sure to save the screws; you’re going to need them when it’s time to reattach the seat with the re-covered cushion.
2/Sand the Frame
Before you can paint, you’ll need to sand the chair frame using a fine or medium grade sandpaper. (For a distressed look, opt for a harsher sandpaper.) The sanding roughs up the wood so that the paint will adhere better.
Skip the brush and go for spray paint (it makes filling crevices easier). First, lay down a drop cloth to protect your floor, then spray the chair with a primer. (We used Rust-Oleum’s white, $3.84, from Wal-Mart.) When the primer is dry, follow with color.
4/Remove Old Fabric
Turn the seat upside down on a flat surface and use a screwdriver to pry off the staples holding the old fabric in place. (Yes, you could just wrap the new fabric over the old, but removing it will give a smoother finish.)
After years of use, chair padding can become compacted and not very comfortable. If you need to replace it, lay the seat cushion over a piece of foam padding and trace a line around the edges. Cut foam to fit.
6/Re-cover the Seat!
Cut a square of fabric to fit the chair seat, leaving an extra 2 in. on all sides. Place the fabric pattern-side down and put the seat cushion on top. Wrap fabric around the seat, pulling tightly in corners. Staple into place with ½-in. staples.
A Chair for Any Room!
This chic black-and-white oilcloth check ($12.99 a yard, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft) stands up to wear and tear and cleans easily. We finished the look with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint in Gloss Black ($3.84).
A Sweet Jester
Blue-and-brown print ($9.99 a yard, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft) and Krylon Peekaboo Blue gloss paint made this dining chair perfect for a child’s room.
Pretty in Pink
A delicate pink striped fabric ($9.99 a yard at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft) and Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint in Satin Ballet Slipper ($3.84) transformed this armchair into bedroom seating.
A cute rooster fabric ($9.99 a yard, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft) and Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Apple Red ($3.84 from Wal-Mart) gave this chair new life in the kitchen.