Take dining and desk seating from drab to fab with our easy chair makeover ideas.

October 12, 2015

Burlap Chair

upholstered chair

Welcome the return of burlap with this pretty chair project. To assemble, find a chair with a removable seat and give it a lift. Look for new or vintage burlap to re-cover the seat. See the step-by-step instructions here.

Stencil Savvy

painted chair

Give a plain desk chair a dose of pattern by spray-painting over a stencil. Use spray adhesive on one side of the stencil to hold it in place on the chair back. Tape around the edge of the chair back, and protect the seat, legs, and sides of the chair with plastic. Spray-paint the stencil openings and around the stencil edges. Apply two coats, allowing the paint to dry after each coat. Peel off the stencil and wipe away any residue left on the chair. Finish with a coat or two of clear gloss lacquer.

Color Happy

red chair

Reimagine a drab chair in a bold color. Add a contemporary print over a worn seat cover, and suddenly you're sitting pretty. High-gloss red paint and zigzag black-and-white fabric give this traditional chair a modern edge.

Stylish Slipcover

Furniture Projects

Painting a wood frame and reupholstering cushions are two DIY standbys for furniture makeovers, but a third project -- a simple slipcover -- gives any chair a unique makeover. Before you make the slipcover, paint the frame and reupholster the seat and back.

Easy Chair Upgrade


Adding a contrasting color gives this basic brown chair mega personality. Tape off parts you don't want painted. Brush on interior-exterior latex primer, let dry, then apply the latex color. For tight detail work, like these vertical slats, tape carefully and use a 1/2-inch flat detail brush.

Yarn Chair

Crocheted chair after

For a chair with fabulous classic lines but a dated finish, try this easy makeover. First, remove the seat. Next, crochet a fashion-forward chevron-pattern cover, and stretch it over the seat before stapling it to the underside. Finally, paint the chair's frame a sunny yellow shade, and reinstall the seat for a chair project that's done in a weekend.


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