Start with an old chair and make a huge transformation with this basic Upholstered Chair Cushion and a little paint.
Back when I had a really big house and a lot of storage space I would go to garage sales and basically collect old furniture. I would store it in my basement and slowly work on a piece at a time. When we moved I knew I wouldn’t have the space so I sold or just got rid of most of it. Somehow this old $5 chair without a seat made the cut and moved with us. I’m still not sure how it made the cut other than it was small and fit on the truck. I guess I just wanted to hold onto somethings when we moved.
I finally had a reason to make it over but again I didn’t want to spend any money on it so I did it in the cheapest way possible. It turned out pretty good so I’m pleased with it. I used Rustoleum Universal Paint & Primer in one spray paint. I had the color Robin’s Egg from previous projects and it matched well with the fabric so it was the winner.
Supplies needed for Upholstered Chair Cushion:
wood seat base
Since the chair didn’t have a seat base I used a piece of 1/2″ scrap plywood and cut it the same size as the seat area. If your chair has a seat you can skip that part. I also used 2 pieces of foam because I wanted the cushion thicker.
Place the batting on the floor (I didn’t have batting but I had some thick fabric so I used it) then place the foam and wood seat on top. Wrap the batting around to the bottom of the seat and staple it in place. I push down on the seat a little so the batting (fabric) is pulled tight.
Now lay the covered seat on top of the fabric and staple it in place. I cut the fabric with pinking shears so it wouldn’t fray. Pull the fabric a little tight while you’re stapling so you get a nice finished look. I forgot to take pictures of the corners so I’m linking to this old post – reupholstered bench.
Since this chair didn’t have a seat on it when I found it I had to find screws that would be long enough to go through the chair and grab the wood seat. I had to use 2″ screws for mine. If your chair already had a seat just use those screws.
I love the details of the chairs. Now that I’ve finished it I wish I had 5 more just like it.
The fabric matches it perfectly too which is really funny since I had no idea what color I was painting the chair until I saw what spray paint I had available.
If you follow me on instagram you might have seen in my stories that hubby is working from home now so I’m making a few changes to our little work area. This is my new desk chair and I love how it looks in the space.
I still need to add a few things to the space to make it more functional but I like how it’s coming a long.
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