Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Desk Chair Reupholstery: Before & After

This project is one I began a few months ago (in November!?!) We garbage-picked this desk chair way back when we lived in Ohio. (See my prior post on garbage-picking.) We lived in a neighborhood where people would often put items out on their lawn that they no longer wanted but were in good shape. But I still call it garbage-picking because it seems funny.
There wasn’t really anything wrong with the chair before I recovered it…but I wanted it to be something special and add some interest to our kitchen.
desk chair before and after
I did use quilting-weight cotton. I ironed some fusible fleece to the back of the fabric to make it [hopefully] more durable.
To get started, I detached the back and seat from the chair using a drill. Then I removed the plastic pieces covering the staples securing the fabric. After that, I removed the staples and the fabric to get to the chair’s foam padding.
This project would’ve been super simple if I hadn’t cracked the plastic seat bottom and seat back when I was taking the original black fabric off of the chair. The plastic was what hid the staples securing the fabric to the chair. To do the top of the seat and front of the back rest, I just stapled the fabric to each wood piece (similar to what I did for the first steps of this rocking chair). IMG_4141IMG_4121
However, as you can see, I had to cover the back of the chair with fabric and blue trim/piping. This required getting out my ply-grip and doing the same process I used for the rocking chair reupholstery. However, I have a better stapler this time (it is just a manual stapler) but I didn’t have to use upholstery tacks this time like I did for prior projects!
IMG_4138IMG_4136I also used the ply-grip for the bottom. IMG_4142 IMG_4122 I won the fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew about 2 years ago! I am so glad to finally have used [some] of it. My wonderful husband and dad made this desk. Our house has a little alcove in the kitchen and so they just built in this super cute desk. [They would want me to note that it still needs some trim around the edges. But I’m using and enjoying it as is!]
IMG_4137 IMG_4140 I am so glad the chair is done. It took me forever, but turned out well! Looking back, using a quilting-weight light colored cotton print wasn’t the smartest choice for the kitchen!
I did use two coats of Scotch Guard in an attempt to protect my hard work.


  1. Love this! I have two chairs in my home that desperately need a makeover like this!

  2. This is adorable! I hope you'll link this up to my new linky party! I'm a new follower! Hope you'll stop by and follow along if you'd like!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  3. thanks for the comments! I linked:)

  4. Wow! You did a great job on the chair makeover!

  5. Love the makeover. Totally transforms a blah chair into something great. Found you via Brassy Apple.

  6. I love the fabric you picked. It looks fantastic.

  7. Thanks for all the comments:) I am sitting in it right now:)

  8. Loving this! This is going on my "hopefully someday...when I'm feeling extra creative" list :)

    new follower!!
    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  9. What a great idea! I'd love to personalize my desk chair with some fun fabric, and this makes it look easy.


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