DIY: Pastel Pretty Chairs (Under $10!)

My home is chock full of tired-looking furniture. And 13 years with the same old dining chairs was starting to get to me. Especially this spotted, puce-coloured chair.

I decided to upgrade it a little with some spray paint and an old dress. Total cost for this project? $5.

You need:

  • A worn out chair
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • $5 white, matt, spray paint (any hardware store)
  • pins
  • An old dress or cloth

Turn an old dilapidated chair into something fresh and new!

Step one
Tear out all the unnecessary items on your chair, including the seat. My chair was from IKEA, which meant that you could actually unscrew the seat from the frame.
Once that is done, set the frame up outdoors to spray paint it.

TIP! Cover the floor with lots of newspaper.
And don’t keep your phone close by, particles from the spray paint travels really far. Trust me on this.

Step two
I picked a nice white, matt paint, put on a mask (trust me, you’ll need a mask), shut the balcony doors and started spray painting.

For spray-painting beginners: shake the can and stay about 15cm away from the chair.

Spray away! As you’ll be doing three coats, don’t spritz too long at a single spot. The paint will start dripping and will leave a really ugly mark.

Step three
Once you're done with one coat, get started on the second coat after it dries. Make sure to cover up the patchy areas.

Once you’ve finished two coats, leave it to dry overnight.

Step four
Time to get started on the seat. First pick out a dress or old cloth that looks good, but you don't need anymore. If all else fails, plenty of pretty fabrics are sold at Spotlight.

Choose a fabric that is thick and sturdy enough to withstand many rear ends sitting on it. Cover up the ugly foam.

For my seat, I cut up an old dress and laid it out over the seat. Who says you need something new to make something old look good?

Step five
Pull the fabric over the seat and make sure it's taut.

All those nasty creases and loose bits have to be pulled tight!
TIP! If the cloth you use is an uneven shape and size, trim it a little to get it to fit nicely over the top.

There’s just something about the cool, mint green that gives you a warm feeling at home. Paired with the white frame, I was hoping that it would come out as a simple, elegant chair.

Step six
Drape the cloth over the seat and pin the edges to the foam. This helps the seat cover remain tight at the top before securing the bottom.

Make sure all sizes have been properly pinned.

Step seven
Turn it over once you’re done pinning it and pleat and tuck the corners of the cloth to get a nice, rounded edge on the seat.


Pin the edges to prevent it from shifting

Step eight
Then the secret to an easy DIY reupholster: a glue gun. While most people use a sturdy staple gun, I like to go for the quick and easy, but reliable glue gun. No one really understands the power of the hot glue gun. When the hot glue hardens, it becomes like plastic. It takes some serious strength to pull it apart!

Hot glue the edges of the cloth to your wooden base and pull out the pins as the glue dries.

Step nine
You’re all ready to set it up! Screw the seat back on and decorate if you want to!

Mint green and white always goes well. Any suggestions on how else I should decorate the next five chairs in this dining set?