Need a new chair or tired of the old side chair you have? Why not repurpose the one you already have? There is an unlimited amount of finishes and fabrics that you can use to reinvent the old and worn chair you have in your basement. If you do not already have a chair in mind, and have a low budget, check your local thrift store.
Time: 1 day
Cost: Chair -$12 (Salvation Army)
Paint – $2 (Wal-Mart)
Fabric, Foam, and Batting – $14 (Hobby Lobby)
Supplies: Sand paper, staple gun, screw driver (or pliers), (and other supplies noted above)
I started out by visiting my local Salvation Army and found a lonely old wooden chair with a dirty and stained fabric and for a total of $12 I had myself a starter chair.
The next step is to take the seat off of the frame, in my case it only took a screwdriver, but it is not always that easy, some may need pliers.
After taking the seat off you need to sand down the wood frame so that you can refinish the chair.
After choosing you paint or lacquer of choice, mine was a black spray lacquer ($2 at Wal-Mart). Take your chair outside and give it a good first layer of paint. After it dries give it another layer, and check for any dripping, so you can sand it down and repaint that spot.
After or while your paint is trying, reupholster for seat. This is a great time to add a punch of color and dramatics. After finding the fabric of your choice (for me I chose a small area rug) make sure to get amble amount of padding and be sure to purchase batting or spring down. Wrap the padding with the batting so that the fabric does not rub thin on the rough padding. I stapled the batting to the bottom of the seat pan. After this I wrapped the upholstery fabric snug around the batting, and then stapled that to the bottom of the seat pan as well. I gathered my extra batting and stapled it to the bottom of the seat pan to cover my staple marks.
Place the seat pan back on the frame and replace the support by dowels and glue or in my case I just screwed the braces back in.