How To Make Over An Office Chair

Do you remember the post I did when I first started blogging about how I transformed my not so pretty home office chair with fabric.  Well that office chair makeover – now needs a makeover. I had covered the chair with the black and white prints about 6 years ago. The back fabric cover held up great – the seat was very thin fabric that I stapled on.  It actually wore better than I thought, but it was time to give it a decorating facelift to go with the new color scheme in my studioffice.



Served me well for many years… but it was getting a bit worn.  Good-bye black and white chair.

How to transform an old office chair


Hello summer fresh color! I found a woven cotton throw rug at HomeGoods for $7 and used that to make a cover for the back. The green fabric on the bottom is from JoAnn’s.

Office-Chair-Makeover tutorial


How To Make a Easy Sew Chair Back Cover Using a Throw Rug

Supplies Needed:

Woven cotton rug that is a little wider than the chair back

Decorating ideas for covering chairs

1. Fold rug in half, with right sides facing each other and sew a seam along each side.


2. Turn rug to right side and slip over the back of the chair.

Office Chair Decorating Ideas

How To Cover a Chair Seat With Fabric

Supplies Needed:

Fabric – wide enough to wrap around and under the seat cushion on all sides.
Staple gun and staples

1.  Lay fabric on a work surface right side down. Center cushion on top of it.  Start on the front of the cushion – pull the fabric up and around the seat and then turn over the raw edge and staple.  Repeat on each side of the cushion, making sure you keep the fabric taut and straight if there is a pattern on it.

How to cover a seat cushion

Turning over the raw edge of the fabric before stapling will keep it looking finished.

how to cover a seat cushion

2.  Work on each corner next.  Gather and pull all the fabric on one corner together.

How to cover a seat cushion

3.  Pull the fabric around the corner taut and then staple, pull taut – staple. Keep working your way around the corner until you have all the fabric tight and stapled and no bunches or pleats. If you do have a pleat – just pull a bit and it will go away.  If you are working on a square seat, you can fold the fabric in the corner gift-wrap style and then staple.    Cut excess fabric off and then fold over the raw edges and staple them down. Repeat on the other corners.

How to cover a seat cushion

It should end up looking something like this.

How to cover a seat cushion

Attach to chair.  All done – smooth and taut so when you sit on it the fabric doesn’t move.

How to cover a seat cushion

How To Paint an Office Chair a New Color

Since the bottom of my chair was mostly plastic I used Rust-Oleum spray paint for plastic.  It has a subtle sheen and I am very happy with how it adhered and covered.

How to paint plastic

I placed a drop cloth on my deck and sprayed the chair outside.  I left the cushions on at first, but then removed them so I could get all the crevices of the chair with paint. The cushions come off easy with a screwdriver.

How to paint an office chair

I first used the primer since I had it, but it is really for using on plastic when you don’t have special plastic paint.  On the label of the Rust-oluem Plastic paint it states that it does not need a primer.  I sprayed one coat of primer and let it dry and then over the course of the afternoon – I added about 4 light coats of paint until the black was all covered.

DEcorating Ideas for a Home Office

Reassemble the chair to reveal a brand new look.


Now that my chair is done I will be moving on to the other projects that I want to complete in this room – shelves – file drawers – rug- and electrical cord management.  I am eager to get them started.

If you would like to see the tutorial on the first cover I made for  the chair you will find it here:


My writing elsewhere this week:

Momtastic – A last minute gift for Father’s Day.

My Colortopia – My latest post is about the bathroom makeover I did last summer.

Dana over at Make Them Wonder has a series going on entitled – Blogging Made Me Do It. She has guest bloggers tell what blogging has made them do. My post went up on Wednesday. You can find it at Make Them Wonder.


  1. says

    love, love, love this idea! I have an office chair just like this one that I’ve been eager to cover. I never would have thought to paint the chair base. I’m so excited at the possibilities now. Thanks for inspiring. I’ll be pinning this to my sewing and crafts board on Pinterest.

    sharon @ mrs. hines class

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh my gosh, you painted your old black chair. I AM inspired to do this, but must be a later project. I have so many others that have priority to complete first. Love the chair make over, just love it.

  3. Leean says

    LOVE IT! I got my chair at a thrift store and although it’s functional (and most importantly comfortable, it was kinda gross when I cleaned it with a steam cleaner for the first time. I never thought about covering it, now I am! TFS!!!

  4. Mary Alice says

    When I first saw your chair (with the black and white fabric), I was inspired to recover my ugly but functional office chair. So thanks for the inspiration!

    N0w your new look for this chair is just incredible. I love the fresh ideas that you come up with. Great blog!

  5. Kim says

    Your chair looks great. Thanks so much for all the helpful information and ideas. You explain things so well and I really appreciate it.

  6. says

    Hi Diane,

    What a fun and easy makeover. I like how you used the rug, it’s great to find those versatile pieces that can be used as fabric.

    And I love the evidence of projects past on your spray paint tarp, I spy some picture frames :-)

  7. Julie says

    Just re-did my daughter’s desk chair per your suggestions, turned out great! Thank you!

  8. Linda Weeks says

    you do inspire me to take a stab at these projects, you are just too clever! I usually start something like this only to realize half way into it that I do not have something that I need or can’t make that tool work the right way or that my paint has been in the basement since the 60s. But I will attempt this or staple myself trying. :-)

  9. cleo says

    Hi I’m wondering how u would go about painting a china cabinet I’ve had its made if composite plastic I believe not wood not metal but thick almost glass like plastic


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