Saturday, December 8, 2012

DIY Covered Chevron Chair

before                                                                after

Since my DIY Chevron Canvas continues to be one of the blog's most popular posts, I figured I would share another DIY project I completed this summer and somehow never got around to posting.  I guess you can tell I have a little something for chevron prints.

And, I'll admit it, I'm also a sucker for anything free.  So when the organization I interned with over the summer offered free chairs to anyone that would pick them up, I got four.  With no specific plans and a very little budget, I headed to Hobby Lobby craft store to pick up inspiration and supplies.  When I saw this cream and blue heavy chevron fabric, I knew that was it and now I couldn't be happier with the results!  Total cost?  $10.00 

Click through to see the super easy step-by-step! 

What you'll need
  • An old/unwanted chair in fairly steady shape.  Don't let yourself get turned off by colors or fabrics; you can change those!
  • Heavy fabric to cover your cushions.  I reccomend that you stay away from silks, satins, and light cotton fabrics.  If your current chair has a dark or heavy print, take that into consideration as well.  
  • Spray paint that coordinates with your fabric choice
  • Staple gun, heavy duty glue, and possibly screws or nails

1. Remove the cushions from your share, leaving only the skeleton.  Be careful not to damage the cushions too much, as you will use them later.  Although your chair might be different than mine, be prepared for unscrewing, unstapling, and ungluing.  Wipe down the chair and remove any glue residue.  

2. Spray paint your chair.  Make sure you get all angles, even the bottom.  You'll also likely need several coats of paint.  Make sure to let each coat dry before proceeding.  

3. Clean your cushions and use them as a rough guide for your pattern.  If you want your pattern to face a certain way, make sure you measure it out that way!  Cut a cover for each of your cushions, but don't worry about being too perfect.  As long as your chair has a front and back cushion like mine did, you can cover up the backside of the cover.  

4. Cover your cushions and secure the backsides with a staple cut.  Trim any loose ends so that there are no threads sticking out. 

5. Re-assemble your painted and covered chair in the same manner you took it apart.  For me, this included screwing down some of the cushions and gluing the back cushion on.  

Enjoy your new chair!

1 comment:

  1. i have bought so many chairs in the plans of re-covering them... never happens