Happy Monday everyone! We’ve got a few bigger projects in the works for later this week, but I wanted to write about this little chair makeover I did for our nephew. He finally moved into his “big boy” room, and needed a desk chair. All his mom said is that she wanted the chair to be red, so I thought I’d take care of it for her.
I found this beauty at Goodwill for around $3.00:
…and the honey-colored wood (definitely not my style), it was due for a little revamp. Luckily, I am an expert in chair makeovers (see the one other time I’ve redone a chair in this blog post), so this was a piece of cake.
I unscrewed the seat cushion and set it aside so I could give the whole chair a quick pass with some sandpaper:
In between coats of paint, I tackled the seat cushion. This process seems to be about the same for every chair. First, you remove the old covering by prying up all the staples (I like to use a combination of a flat-head screw driver and needle-nose pliers):
After removing all the staples (tedious but not too difficult), I removed the nasty old pleather. As a replacement, I found this fun striped sheet at Goodwill for $1.99. The pattern matched the red but still tied in to the other colors in his room:
I cut a piece that would roughly fit the cushion (with ~3 inches extra on all sides to allow enough fabric to staple), and positioned it so the stripes would be uniform and straight. From there, it’s just a matter of stapling it and keeping everything lined up and even. The method that works for me is to start with my first staple in the middle of one side, and then put a staple on the opposite side to even things out.
Before attaching the cushion, I gave the entire chair a coat of clear enamel. I’m not sure if it was necessary or not, but it gave it a nice shiny finish.
AHH he’s so cute…love.