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How To Make Over An Office Chair

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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.

Office Chair Cover: Before

This black and white check office chair cover 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

Office Chair Makeover: After

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.

How to cover an office chair with pretty or colorful fabric to coordinate with your decor. Easy project. #officechair #DIYdecor #officechairmakeover

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

supplies needed:

  • Woven cotton rug that is a little wider than the chair back
  • Thread
Decorating ideas for covering chairs

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

Office Chair Makeover How To

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

Office Chair Makeover Decorating Ideas

How To Cover an Office 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: Office Chair Makeover

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

how to cover a seat cushion: Office Chair Makeover

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

How to cover a seat cushion: Office Chair Makeover

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: Office Chair Makeover

How To Paint an Office Chair a New Color

When you want to change the color of an office chair, the easiest way is using spray paint.

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.

Decorating-Ideas-for-Desk Chair Makeover

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.

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Also, here is a photo of the work station side of my studioffice. You can see the white and pink office chair. It was once black and red. I painted the base white and covered the seat and back in white and pink cowhide fabric.

Two office chairs after getting new fabric covers.

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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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. 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