A 15-minute furniture makeover

FACT: It took longer to prepare this post than it did to achieve my latest home update—painting and recovering a forgotten chair.

Many, many moons ago, when I was just a lass, good old mum picked up this little number from Denton’s own Downtown Mini Mall for a sweet $20.

using old scarfs for upholstery

That was more than 15 years ago,  but we’ve gotten a lot of bang for our buck. I’ve modified this chair at least three times over the past few years as my style changed from juvenile bright, to bohemian cool, to modern eclectic. But ye old chair has endured each look with gusto. She’s taken on the challenge of being painted both cyan blue and dusty red, and her cushion has been covered in everything from kitchen placemats to old scarves—looking surprisingly appropriate with each passing style. Good job, chair. So why not take 15 minutes this weekend to update the familiar beauty once more? After all, it’s easy as 1…2…8.

how to reupholster a chair

No kidding, without factoring in the time it takes the paint to dry, this project was completed in 15 minutes. How’s that for instant gratification? And in addition to being crazy easy, it’s also cheap to pull off. I had the chair and the fabric (leftover from another project), so the only cost was the spray paint…bringing the cost to complete the project to a sweet $3.75. If only all projects could be that easy on the watch and the wallet.



6 Comments on “A 15-minute furniture makeover”

  1. kmom says:

    I’d been thinking that chair was in need of refurbishment. Just didn’t fit with the more recent vibe. Yay, the simple fix.

  2. Loved the cabinet pictures. What kinds of plants are those? One looked like a large eggplant plant. Can you tell the names of the plants, trees?


  3. Love this! Im definitely going to do this!!!!

  4. Mybobs.com says:

    One word I could say this post. AWESOME… 🙂 I really like the chairs pictures above.

  5. homedevotion says:

    Reblogged this on Home Devotion and commented:
    Re-upholstering is easier than you thought! What are we all waiting for? I see chairs at thrift stores all the time that I think I could re-do, but I never buy because it seems too difficult.

  6. […] been operating under the assumption that I am, relatively speaking, crafty and capable. I’ve taken old upholstery off chairs and put new covers on. I’ve constructed floating office shelves and painted an only partially crooked stencil pattern […]

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