Chair Makeover

Three basic do-it-yourself projects transform this tired chair into a fresh and fun piece of furniture.


BEFORE

Painting a wood frame and reupholstering cushions are two DIY standbys for furniture makeovers, but a third project, a simple slipcover, gives this chair an extra unique makeover.

Before you make the slipcover:

Paint the frame: Watch the video below to learn how.

Reuphoster the seat and back: Click here to learn how to reupholster a chair.

 


How to Paint Furniture

Make the Slipcover

Step 1: Measure and Cut

AFTER

For the seat slipcover, use a tape measure to measure the width and length (front to back) of the seat. Measure the depth of the cushion, multiply that number by two, and add it to the seat length measurement. For the chairback slipcover, use the same width measurement as for the seat. For the length, measure from the bottom front up and over to the bottom back of the chairback. For both the seat and chairback slipcovers, cut pieces of fabric to the respective width and length measurements plus 1 inch extra for seam allowances. Cut additional pieces of fabric for the reversible side to the same size.

Step 2: Sew the Seat Slipcover

For ties, cut four 18-inch-long pieces of ribbon and fold each in half. With right sides together and the folded ribbons sandwiched between each corner, join the two fabric pieces and the ribbons (at the folds) using a sewing machine and a 1/2-inch seam allowance; leave an opening for turning. Be careful not to catch the loose ends of the ribbons (the ties) in the seam. Clip corners and turn the slipcover right-side out. Press, then topstitch opening closed.

Step 3: Sew the Chairback Slipcover

For ties, cut four 9-inch-long pieces of ribbon. With right sides together and the ribbons sandwiched between at each corner, join the two fabrics and the ribbons using a sewing machine and a 1/2-inch seam allowance; leave an opening for turning. Clip corners and turn the slipcover right-side out. Press, then topstitch opening closed.

Step 4: Tie onto Chair

Position the slipcovers on the seat and chairback. Tie ribbons into bows around the legs and chairback to hold the slipcovers in place.

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