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Monday, May 5, 2014

$5.00 Goodwill office chair makeover...

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know that I bought a $5.00 chair that I spotted at Goodwill.  What you don't know, is that I didn't buy that chair.  Surprise.  I took a few more steps further and found one with arms that I liked even more.

(Here's the original chair I posted)

Some of you grossed me out talking about bed bugs (Eww!), but rest assured this chair didn't come into my house until it was reupholstered and painted.

I mentioned last year that I was looking for a new office chair (I have been using an extra dining room chair).   I originally wanted an industrial metal chair, but realized that wouldn't be the most comfortable.  I don't really sit at my desk anymore, but I still wanted something that had a cushion.

Once I removed all the screws the cushions easily popped out.  
I gave the chair a light coat of Kilz primer and 3 coats of black semi gloss spray paint.
While the chair was drying, I worked on recovering the cushions.   It's not uncommon for older chairs to have layers of fabric.

Once I got the fabric off I measured and cut the new fabric.
 First, I nailed all four sides then did the corners.

I totally forgot to take pictures while I was working on recovering the top cushion.
It was a little different since the front and back needed to be covered and the seems hidden.  Basically, I cut two pieces of fabric and stapled them around the sides.

Since it's virtually impossible to take pictures down in the dark office, I set the chair up in the living room.

Do you notice something wrong?  I stapled the fabric upside down on the top piece!  I didn't realize it until I was done and I was not about to do it over again.   I still love how the chair turned out and since I already had the fabric and spray paint, this makeover only cost $5.00!


  1. Oh my gosh I love it!! I have a chair begging to be fixed up.. you may have just lit my fire! :D

    1. Thanks! I'm glad I inspired you to update your own chair :)

  2. Great job! I love all the surprise layers of fabric you found. I really like the new fabric you chose.

    1. Thanks Carmody! I bought the fabric months ago hoping to use it somewhere and this chair was the perfect spot!

  3. What a great makeover! That fabric is fab!

    1. Thanks Hilary! The fabric is from Joann Fabrics and I believe they still have it in stock.

  4. Thanks for sharing your post at the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share link party!!
    This turned out amazing....
    Stop by tonight for more partying!!!

    ~Be Sweet
    Blogger at SWEET HAUTE

  5. Kudos to you for that amazing makeover! It looks really gorgeous with the black paint and the print. You even made the transformation sound so easy. Thanks for sharing another amazing DIY feat! All the best to you!

    Hubert Cole @ PearCom

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I'm so glad you liked the chair! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  6. I'm so glad I checked this out. I'm a die hard trash to treasure person. I've upholstered simple projects, along with re-painting and/or re-staining. Over the weekend I fell in love with two wonderful unique chairs I truly wanted for the reading area of our formal living room we're re-doing at a neighborhood estate sale (our first one and now not our last). Only $17 for the pair and definitely the only two of their kind. My husband gave me the ok and encouraged me to tacke the extensive upholstery job they need. I felt intimidated and didn't get them. Now it's Monday and I have huge regrets I didn't. Lesson learned! Usually my philosophy is on treasure hunting, if it makes me smile, buy it and go from there. This segment inspired me to think positive and give it a try. Even with the price of upholstery fabric, it would have well been worth the investment. :-)