Easy Chair Makeover

3 Materials
1 Day

From dated disaster to designer dupe my friend and I took these chairs and gave them a whole new look with a little paint and fabric strips!

I bought this set of chairs for $25 at a yard sale, knowing it was going to take a lot to bring them up to date. Stumped on a fabric choice for recovering them, my DIY friend suggested we try this instead! I first removed the cushions, and gave the frame a coat of black paint with my paint sprayer.

The chairs before

And After!

I found this faux leather material at Joanns called “marine vinyl” in a natural color and cut them into one and a half inch strips. Cutting the fabric was the most time consuming part of this project and using a long level helped us get nice straight lines.

We are going to place them in a basket weave pattern to create a more modern looking seat.

Using a staple gun we stapled the strips to the underside of the frame where you couldn't see. We made sure to use multiple staples per strip for security.

We pulled them as tight as we could and did a simple basket weave coming from the opposite direction to insure it would be strong enough to sit on. Thats it!!

These chairs gave my dining room a whole new look and the entire project cost only $60!

And yes, they do hold weight! Although my large husband has been wary to sit on them haha.

Chairs: $25

Paint: $15

Fabric: $20

What do you think?? Could you tackle this project?

Rug linked here.

Curtains linked here.

Suggested materials:

  • 1.5 Yards Vinyl Fabric
  • Painy
  • Staple Gun

Frequently asked questions

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  • God9728540 God9728540 on Sep 30, 2021

    Doesn’t the vinyl stretch out of shape when weight is applied?

  • B B on Oct 03, 2021

    Beautiful…I have some old chairs I’d like to paint black, what kind of paint did you use?


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