The Dirt Cheap DIY Chair Makeover

WOW!  What a weekend!

Quinn got her ears pierced, we finished a few house projects, and managed to have some friends over to play card games.  We drank entirely too much, but I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  We even managed to soak up the sun and lots of love from Daddy on Father’s Day.

Speaking of house projects, my office is no where near complete because I really need furniture and I am too cheap to just go buy it.  I will be finding “trash day” furniture and revamping it, starting with this office chair!


office chair diy before


office chair diy after

I literally saw this chair by the neighbor’s trash and grabbed it.  It was tattered and torn, has a broken spindle, and just needed some TLC.  I couldn’t pass it up.

The total project was broken in to a few 10 minute chunks over 3 days, but this could be completed in just a few hours (paint dry time needed.)

Again, before…

office chair diy before1 office chair diy before2

I flipped the chair over and unscrewed the seat from the frame.

office chair diy before3 office chair diy before4

I wiped down the entire chair and allowed it to dry.  It was sooooo dirty!

I sprayed two coats of Krylon white primer (multi surface, not PLASTIC) and allowed to dry in between each coat.  The paint dries very fast.

office chair diy primer

I sprayed on two coats of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze in Gloss making sure I allowed dry time in between each coat.  I chose this color because it matched my fun mint ceiling.

While the final coat was drying, I trimmed the cushion to fit the wooden seat.  I used this size cushion from Hobby Lobby which I already owned.

office chair polyfoam

I laid down my navy and white chevron fabric, wrong side up then placed cushion and seat base on top.  As I pulled the fabric tightly, I used my staple gun to secure all the sides.

office chair fabric diy

On the corners, I just folded the fabric neatly and stapled.  Notice, my staples wouldn’t fully go into the wood and sit flush, but the fabric will still stay in place.

office chair diy fabric

Once the cushion was covered, I reattached the seat to the frame by replacing the four screws I had removed earlier.  I flipped it over and it was love at first sight!

office chair diy complete

It’s not perfect, but that is what I love most about my furniture; it all has character!

office chair complete diy


Spray Paint – $7.95 (1 can primer & 1 can Ocean Sea Breeze)

Fabric – $0 (I already had the fabric, but to buy some at Hobby Lobby would be less than $5.)

You just can’t beat the price!  Oh and it’s super cute which makes it all worth it.

office chair diy after

In case you missed it, I have a giveaway going on for two adorable spoons from Erin at A Spoonful! 

Have a great Monday my loves!

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