Friday, October 22, 2010

DIY How to Flip a Chair

Last Saturday I was out in the wee early morning hours with our whole neighborhood participating in our community garage sale.  I was manning our garage for a good 4 hours with some decent cash flow after it was all said and done, but I did have to meander next door to see what my neighbor had out for sale.  Well, I saw these two old dining room chairs that her dad was selling for $35 for the pair.  I am starting to put together my wardrobe room (yes I know it is absolutely ridiculous that my clothes need a playroom, but they do!) and I wanted to have a couple of zebra print chairs to lounge around in when I was putting outfits together.  So, I snatched up the two chairs and came up with a DIY plan to get them into tip top shape for my new room. I have to give my mom most the credit for the DIY plan because she taught me how to change chairs when I was in college and I wanted to change my decor every other week.  She is a wonderfully talented decorator!  I will be doing a post later when my room is completely finished and I hope you guys love it.  It is coming along quite well if I do say so myself! Anyways, back to these chairs!

Here is the chair. It is not very pretty but I thought it had TONS of potential! 

What you will need for this project:
Staple Gun
Spray Paint
A Creative Mind

The first thing I did was unscrew the seat and detach from chair.

Next I had to decide on the fabric that I wanted to use to recover the seats. I chose zebra print! You will see more of why I chose this when I reveal my finished wardrobe room.  I bought one yard of this fabric for $15 and that was enough to cover two chairs.  You will also need your heavy duty staple gun here to staple fabric over all fabric.  Make sure you tuck the sides in well but not too tight or the fabric will look too stretched over the cushion.  Pulling the corners in is the hardest part, but I just keep folding the fabric over itself then staple into place.

After recovering the seat cushion, I went to Lowe's to pick up a can of white flat spray paint.  Then I went to town in my garage!

I let the chair sit for about two hours before I brought it inside.  I then attached the seat cushion back to the chair with electric screwdriver and voila! A custom made chair!

So I am sure you guys noticed the bright blue aqua on the walls! This is the color I picked for the entire room which I know seems crazy, but you will love it when I show you the finished room! I promise!

So at the end of the day I made over two chairs from my neighbor's garage sale for about $60 total. Not bad!!


Anonymous said...

Wow Pretty cool and creative!!!

Aimee said...

I wish I had a chair like this so that I could do this cute little DIY revamp!

Collette Osuna said...

Not bad AT came out pretty..and I LOVE the color of the walls....cant wait to see the whoel room:)

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Dear Girl said...

oh my!!this is so creative, the designs made it even neo classic and the zebra print is always fashionable! You're doing agood job! I can't wait to see the finished room=)

Blah Blah Becky said...

That looks fantastic, you (and your Mum!) are super-talented. Can't wait to see the finished room!

Sheryl said...

Brilliant!!! I love it, you brought life to this chair. It's got character now.


Marie said...

Great DIY project and I think the wall color is lovely!:D

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Pammy said...

I love home improvement DIY's! I once did a mini clock from old CDs. :P The print on the fabric looks really fab! And the color on the walls, I like it!

Curves ahead makeup said...

love everything about the blue white and zebra strips you have great taste

kirstyb said...

brilliant thanks so much for sharing x

lady sélénite said...

This chair have a beautiful sculpted back, you gave it a second life, freat !!

Ashley said...

Nice! I can't DIY ANYTHING, so I fully appreciate this. I'm envious and can't wait to see your new room!

Catita said...

oh sweetie you might not be good in the kitchen as you put it but you certainly know how to flip a chair! you see I have no clue how to do that so big congrats on you!

fhen said...

oh that's a great DIY
you're so creative

Kat said...

that is so cool! the chairs looks so awesome and i love your walls! the color is stunning!

Milda said...

I looooooove the chair DIY!
i'm definitely going to do something like it :)
& the aqua colour is gorgeous!

Jodi said...

LOL when I read you title I was waiting to hear that you were sitting in a chair and flipped over backwards or something.. hah hah..
these chairs are awesome!! I love proejects like this.. our whole house is DIY stuff like this. so fun.
The color is great against the turquoise/blue wall. and of course ANIMAL PRINT RULZ!!

Cant wait to see your finished wardrobe room.. MAN lucky you to have a whole room just for that..!! When can I come and play???

have a great weekend chickita xoxj

Anonymous said...

This zebra chair is just stunning!!!!! =O

Haha yeah I know, I can't live without my make up brushes now!! ^^

Anonymous said...

& living our passion is so rare!!! So yeah, it's great!! =D

Zarna said...

that is such an amazing DIY! it looks lovely!

...and a wardrobe room? thats just too wonderful!


MissLiv said...

I don't think a playroom for your clothes is ridiculous, in fact I think it is fabulous!!

Love the detail on the back of the chair, and LOVE the finished product, those chairs are transformed, I'm so impressed! And slightly jealous I don't own them hehe :-)

Love the blog by the way!

Anonymous said...

I Loooooooooooooooooooove it. I am such a huge fan of simple diy's like these that breath new life into an item. I can't wait to see your finished room. :)

Love from Toronto, Canada

ShaylaF said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you dear, you're really nice! =) Don't worry, it was just a little sad moment but I've got my smile again ^^
I hope that one day you could visit my city! ;)

Fashion Limbo said...

seriously cool!! I see things like this and then I just want to change my own furniture... the shape of the chair is amazing, really pretty curves. Well done you!

T!ffany said...

Nice Job. I love your chair. That inspires me to give one of my chairs a little face-lift. ;)


Paulina said...

The chair AND the walls look great!