Hi Kenarry readers! I’m Lori from Greco Design Company back today to share a DIY project that turns those boring, ugly folding chairs into fun pieces of furniture that you may not want to fold up and put away! Learn how to refinish folding chairs.
Folding chairs have always been used on special occasions when you need some extra seating. They are usually black or beige and not all that pretty. This easy project will turn these useful – but unattractive chairs – into fun pieces of furniture and all it takes is some remnant fabric and spray paint!
Last year I refinished 2 folding chairs when I redesigned this home office. We used these chairs as the permanent desk chairs and they look so pretty. Plus they’re cushioned so they’re comfortable too. l loved them so much that I decided to do a few more so I could have them as extra seating for my home. They’re perfect for a party but also look so cute in a girl’s room or play area for the kids.
What you’ll need:
- Cushioned folding chair (I used chairs with both back and seat cushions – and they were attached with standard screws)
- Spray paint (about one can per chair)
- Fabric (less than 1/2 yard for each chair)
- Staple gun (about $10 anywhere that sells basic tools)
Here’s how to give them a makeover:
Start by removing the pads from the chair and set the screws aside.
Spray paint the chairs. I use Rustoleum products and they seem to hold up well. You might need 2 or 3 coats and make sure to get the chair at all angles. While the paint is drying, you can upholster your cushions.
To cover the cushions, you’ll need to cut a piece of fabric to fit the cushion. I cut my fabric about 4″ larger around all edges. Then lay the cushion upside down over the back side of the fabric and pull the edges of the fabric around to the back of the cushion and staple it down right over the existing fabric. Make sure to keep it pulled tight. At the corners, fold the fabric over in small pleats so you don’t have big puckers. If you’re using a fabric with a pattern, keep flipping the cushion over as you go to make sure you’re keeping the pattern straight.
Trim any excess fabric and reattach the cushions. To attach the seat cushions, just attach the screws back in where they originally were. I made sure to leave the screw holes clear of any fabric.
Now you have pretty, party-ready chairs. Or in my case, any-time chairs! I made a few in different patterns and colors.
What a fun surprise these would be when you take them out for your next party.
But they’re so pretty that you won’t want to put them away!
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Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!