How to Easily Decoupage a Chair to Make It Pretty & Unique

Hey there, DIY enthusiasts! Welcome back to Fashion Attack! Today, we're going to decoupage a chair, which involves covering it with paper. This DIY IKEA chair hack is super cool because you can choose your own print and easily apply it directly to the chair.

Additionally, I'll be spray-painting the bottom, but you can skip this step and dive right into the tutorial for how to decoupage a chair if that's what you prefer. Let's get creative with some decoupage chair ideas!

Black IKEA desk chair before the DIY

Tools and materials

  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Lacquer spray
  • Paper designs
Tools and materials needed for the project

1. Cut out the images you want

For the paper design, you can print images from your computer, use a patterned napkin, or even cut out images from a magazine.

Paper napkin for decoupage

Trim around the edges to get the designs you want. If you leave it as a square or with sharp edges, it's not going to look so pretty.

Cutting around the edges

2. Create the design

Before sticking anything, try out the different designs to see where the images will go.

Arranging the design

3. Cover the chair with Mod Podge

Cover the chair seat and back with a layer of Mod Podge, then place your paper designs on the glue, followed by a second layer of Mod Podge over the top. Repeat until the whole surface area is covered.

Covering the chair with paper and Mod Podge

4. Cut the excess paper

For the excess paper that goes over the edge, create cuts so that you can fold the paper around the edge.

How to decoupage a chair

5. Repeat on the back

Wait until the paper is completely dry on one side, then repeat the same process on the other side. Fold the edges over and glue them down as well.

Decoupage on a plastic chair

6. Poke holes for the screws

Very important: remember to poke holes where the screws or chair pieces fit together, or else you won’t be able to assemble your chair.

Poking holes for the screws using scissors

7. Trim the edges

Instead of doing the folds, this time I trimmed the design close to the edge so that there was no overlap.

Trimming the edges of the paper

8. Spray-paint the chair

This is an optional step, but I also spray-painted the chair hardware a vibrant blue color for an extra pop.

Spray-painting the chair hardware blue

Tip: don’t forget the screws

Remember to spray-paint the tops of the screws as well so that they blend in with the design. The best way to do this is to poke them through cardboard and spray them on the top.

Spray-painting the screws blue

9. Assemble the chair

After leaving everything to dry overnight, put everything together.

Assembling the chair

10. Spray with lacquer

It's time to protect our little piece of art and spray it with some lacquer to seal the decoupage design.

Spraying the chair with lacquer to seal the decoupage
Decoupaged chair
Decoupaged chair before and after

How to decoupage a chair

Here’s the final result! What do you think of this bright blue and pretty decoupage design? This DIY was so easy to do and really helped brighten up a basic IKEA desk chair.

Let me know what you think of this project in the comments below, what your experiences are with decoupage, and whether you’re inspired to try out some decoupage chair ideas of your own.

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