September 6, 2010

Craft Room Chair

I don't think I've told you, but I'm working on vamping up my craft room.  It's in the works.  But the chair is done, and I LOVE it!!  I found the basic office chair at a thrift store and redid it:
WOW, right?!  What a difference paint and fabric can make!!  Did you know these kind of chair could come apart - I wasn't sure, but they do.
After taking off the seats, I spraypainted everything else.  It's a plastic chair, so I was sure to use the spraypaint specially designed for plastics (I used Krylon Fusion for plastics in red).  My husband was skeptical of paint sticking to plastic (he's a plastics engineer) but it worked great!
Then I wrapped my fabric around the seat parts and stapled it to the back.  I didn't even take off the old fabric - just wrapped over it all.
Then screw it all back together and you're done.  The chair went from "drab" to "fab" (my model was begging to sit on it for a picture) - I really love it! 

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

77 Fabulous Comments:

I LOVE that fabric! Great chair redo!

Hannah @

Adorable!!! Love the bright, happy colors!

I have chair that needs to be redone. Thanks for the inspiration.

That looks amazing! I think I'm going to have to revamp my son's desk chair after seeing your awesome upgrade!

It looks sooooo much better- much more appropriate for a craft room!

Yeah! It turned out great Mandy! Glad you found it and took it apart. And what a gorgeous model!

It looks so great! I love the paint/fabric combination.

Okay, I'm totally scoping out the thrift stores for a chair now. That's perfect!

That is sooo neat!! REally turned out fabulous!!

What an update. I love it. Make crafting even that more inspireing. Great job!!

So jealous of those reupholstering skills. I'm inspired to work on some chairs here at the house that could really use some help now!

Oooh, girl! That's looks awesome! I reupholstered my daughter's chair when I did her room makeover (, but I didn't think to paint the plastic parts! I just love the fabric and color you chose.

~ The Speckled Dog

LUCKY GIRL... can't wait to see it all..... LOVE THE CHAIR, the red is so fab. well done. Jen

What a fantastic iedea! I am so going to do this!!

That is sooo cute!! I LOVE the colors you chose, especially the fabric!
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Ok, seriously, that turned out fantastic!!!

Love it! What a huge difference! My sister is working on a craft room and picked out that same fabric! I also redid a rocking chair with that fabric and painted it red, you and I must have the same taste! :)

Wow - what a great before/after! I see those chairs around all the time and never thought to paint and recover one! Loooove it. Happy to be your newest follower!

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This is going to be my next project! Way to give new life to what was an old, boring office chair. AWESOME!

I love that fabric! And the red is so bright and fun! Great Job!

So cute!! I just bought some fabric to redo a craft room chair too!! Can't wait!

Katie P
Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

oooh, I love it! I have a chair I want to redo, also, but never thought of dismantling and painting it first! Thank you for sharing the inspiration!!!

Wow is right! Love what you did to that ugly chair. Saw this on Oops I Craft My Pants and had to leave a comment cause it is so stinkin cute.

I absolutely love this chair! Very nice & great way to update a chair! Love your choice of fabric too.

That's super cute! I love your fabric choice!

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That is one amazing transformaiton. I usually cringe at those chairs, but yours is fabulous!

I love the way your chair turned out! I didn't know you could take office chairs apart like that, I have two in my house that I would LOVE to update with new fabric and paint. Thanks for sharing :)


Can't believe it, except I see all the proof with your pics. WOW,, I know sooo simple but who would have thought to do it. My son ha that nasty looking chair in hi room right now, how exciting that I can turn it into something cool, with just a few steps. Thanks for your AWESOME tutorial, and if you have the urge to link up to just one more party, I have a new one over at my place. :) Thanks again!!!!

I never would have thought to spruce up a normal black chair like that. Thank you for the great idea. Now if they would only make those chairs more comfortable =)

Very nice makeover, the fabric is beautiful!

Gorgeous color & luv the fabric.

That looks FANTASTIC! I gotta' get me some of that spray paint for plastic:) And I LOVE that fabric- very cute re-do!

I'm in love the color combo's! Would have never thought to do that to one of those chairs - thanks for sharing!

I want to try this on a chair in my son's room that is just like that chair. Thanks for sharing!

brillant! love the color combo.

i bet creative projects just naturally flow sitting in that chair now!

We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

OMG! You just made me the happiest gal alive. We recently renovated our home office and I tried to get my husband to use a handsome wooden chair for his desk space, but he insisted it wasn't comfortable enough. So, I let him bring his old office chair back in. But, now I see I can give it a facelift to match the other chair and table cloth in our office! Oh happy day. Thanks for sharing.



I am wanting to recover my office chair but am afraid I will break the back if I yank too hard. Did yours come off easily? Do you have any tips?


As I sit here blogging on a ripped office chair I rejoice in glee and I have a new project for the hubby & me! How cute is this rhyme! Thanks for this fabulous idea! I am putting it on my to do list.

Had to come and say how cute this is! Love your fabric and the colour combo.....

So pretty!!!


Love that fabric it goes so nicely with the new coat of paint. Great redo of your chair. Please stop over to my blog for my Show Of Sunday Party. I would love for you to share your fabulous chair with my followers.

I love the red and the fabric! Great job.

That fabric is great! And I love that you proved your hubby wrong about the paint sticking!! (;

I have the same exact black chair!! You have inspired me, I want to go fix it now!

WOW! Just clicked over from Crafting with the Stars. I shouldn't be surprised this linked me to you, you alway do AH-mazing stuff. Good luck on the competition. I just entered too! Fingers crossed.

Just Another Day in Paradise

Soooooooooooooo fabulous. For real.

Stopping by from the Sewing/Craft room party...I had no idea that the chairs like this could come apart. I think my leopard print chair from college is getting a makeover soon!


I just spotted this on CSI, and I KNEW I'd seen it before. Mandy, you have the best eye.

LOVE the fabric and the color! Such a great redo. Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower.

This looks great. I have a chair very similar - except it has lost it's backrest, but after seeing how great your chair looks, I'm going to try to cover mine also! Thanks for the inspiration.

oh my gosh, how great is this redo/!?!?!?! love it. how did the paint hold up?

ps found you while googling "chair redo"

WOW! I would never (have never) thought of this! What a FANTASTIC idea! Your chair turned out gorgeous... and that model... what a cutie!

I love it! I'm so totally doing this to my craft room chair. Couple of questions - 1) how much yardage did you need? 2) How did you paint the wheel covers without painting the wheels?

I LOVE that fabric! Great Aeron Chair..!
Thanks for post.

Aeron Chair

Love it Mandy! :) Thanks for linking up to OMTWI! :)

I love this and hope its ok.. I Pinned it!

Thank you so much for the great idea! My craft chair needs a facelift after reading this!

Wow and double wow!!! This is just what I need! I'd love wheels at my machine and the usual ones are just so ugly. Can't wait to have a go - thanks! P.S. found you from PR&P. Good luck!

This is fantastic! The colors are beautiful. Great job! I shared this on my blog too:

As I sit here in a chair just like that one I got inspired. This is a must do project as soon as the move is over in a couple of weeks.

As I sit here in a chair just like that one I got inspired. This is a must do project as soon as the move is over in a couple of weeks.

Ooh ooh ooh, ah! I so need to redo my chair now. It is a used one with a corner missing in the seat fabric and so needs a redo. Thank you for the inspiration.

I recently redid a desk chair like that for my daughter but I used duct tape, it turned out really cute, using the duct tape with cupcake print on it and it was super easy.

ok, so two years later, how did the paint hold up??? I was just planning out painting and revamping MY office chair!! Different design...

I love this transformation :)

HI! I know I'm super late to this post but I love what you did with the chair. I have the exact same one and am trying to upgrade it. How did the get top part dismantled? Mine doesn't have any screws so I was wondering if you just popped it off with lever or what?

that's right Megan - you just pop it off - and then it just snaps back together - - good luck with it!

What a great idea - can't wait to get started on my desk/craft chair. I just love it

Hope they all come apart as easily. I've thought about doing that to my drafting chair for a long time. Thanks for the encouragement. Yours looks great!

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