Diy Office Chair

Diy Office Chair

So, first things first, you are either really into the idea of a furry pink office chair or really not into the idea – and that's OK! It's definitely a statement chair for sure, but that's exactly what I was going for. Our little 60s ranch house is really cozy, but the bedrooms are pretty boring (low ceilings and small high windows), so they need a lot of help when it comes to infusing them with personality. I love how our bedroom turned out, so now I can move on to turning my office/craft room into something a little more fun. A fun office chair seemed like a good place to start! I saw this grey office chair at Target and thought it was a little more unique of a shape than your standard office chair (and a pretty good price too!). The perfect base for a makeover chair! Before putting on the base and wheels, I spray painted the silver legs and the top of the wheels gold (use a primer on the metal first). I left the shaft that goes into the base of the chair alone though. It's kind of greasy on purpose so the chair can go up and down. Not the most ideal paint surface… I bought two yards of this beautiful blush faux fur to recover the chair with and draped it over the chair (fur side down) with the excess fabric hanging over the front side. Once I did that, I basically made two big gatherings of fabric on the back (spaced equally apart) until the fabric fit snugly. I then pinned the gatherings in place. Then I smoothed the fabric down the front side of the back of the chair and pinned the excess bit of fabric above the arms of the chair as well. Make sure you think about which direction your fur is going when you are doing this so it's not “upside down” when you flip it all over! Once I knew what fabric was “extra fabric”, I sewed down those pinned lines and then tried the shell back on the chair to see if any parts needed to be taken in a little more for a snug fit.Once the fit was right, I cut off the extra sections, leaving about a 1/2″ seam allowance. I then followed the line of the bottom of the back of the chair with my scissors, making sure the fabric was about 1″ longer than where the bottom of the back meets the seat. I then cut another piece of fabric that followed the line of the seat of the chair, pinned them together, and repeated the process of sewing, trying it on, adjusting if needed, and cutting any extra fabric (again, check the direction of your fur before you cut!). I pinched, sewed, and cut any extra fabric on the front of the chair as well so I ended up with a pretty tight fit when it was all said and done. Flip your shell right side out, and you are ready to attach it to your chair! I made sure to leave an extra 5″ or so of fabric hanging off the bottom of the shell so I could fold it under and staple gun it to the bottom of the chair all the way around. Then, if I had any areas of the fur shell that weren't sitting smoothly against the chair or looked puffy, I used a curved upholstery needle and thread to tack the fabric onto the chair material so it would stay in place (it's way easier to sew onto a flat surface with one of these guys). Once the material was tacked, all I had to do was clean up the fur, and I was done!I'm not going to lie, this is probably one of the messiest projects I've done in a while – there was faux fur flying everywhere!! Definitely best done in a small contained room so you don't have as much clean up to do at the end. Regardless, I think the result is a really fun version of what can usually be a pretty boring category of chairs. I think it looks so cute under the gold BONJOUR sign and helps to give the room a little boost. Now I just have to get to work on the rest of the room, but I think this is a good start! xo. Laura Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. Author A Beautiful Mess Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email
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Diy Office Chair

For our little homework station project, I wanted to find a really inexpensive option for the girls’ desk chair. I bought the vintage wood desk at a store called Another Man’s Junk here in Phoenix and I love it’s simple lines, but I wanted the chair to feel a little more fun and youthful. I poked around online trying to find a cheap upholstered office chair to recover in a pretty fabric when I stumbled on these $20 chairs at IKEA. I thought they would be a good candidate for a decoupage project (this one has really stuck in my brain!). I pulled out some pretty, lightweight cotton fabric from my stash. I had bought several yards of this gauzy cotton Nani Iro for Kokka Fabrics at Purl Soho for a client project a few years ago. We ended up choosing another fabric, so I kept the yardage and I’m so glad I did! It worked perfectly here. Before we started with the decoupage, we sprayed the chair legs gold with Design Master’s Gold Metal and the chair back with a coral spray paint from Krylon which is supposed to work on plastics (and seems to be doing a good job of holding up). I started by brushing on a pretty generous coat of matte Mod Podge on just the front of the chair back. I left the edges of the seat alone for this part and just worried about the front face. I had figured out the pattern placement and cut out a section of fabric before I started glueing that was several inches bigger than the chair on all sides. I carefully placed the fabric on top of the Mod Podge layer and used my hands to smooth out all the bumps and wrinkles. It takes some work and time, but it’s really not all that hard to get a taut, smooth surface with the fabric. When the upper chair back was smooth, I repeated the same process on the chair seat. Again, I left the edges dry at this point and worried just about the big surfaces. If you do this project using the same IKEA chair, you’ll want to leave just a bit of fabric bunched around the curve of the seat (where the little hole in the back is). Once the seat and the seat back were all smooth, I trimmed the excess fabric a bit more, just to make things more manageable, and then I brushed Mod Podge onto the face of the edges and started the same process of smoothing. The corners and curves are really the only tricky part. I cut out some of the extra fabric in a triangle shape until the fabric sat perfectly smooth around the corner edge and then I glued it down with Mod Podge. A damp cloth really helps smooth everything down and was a big help with the edges especially. I cut away more fabric for the curve and the hole in the back of the chair before gluing the fabric down. Mod Podge is so easy to work with. It is so forgiving and can be repositioned for a long time. Once the Mod Podge had dried (about an hour or two later), I ran an X-acto knife down the inside edge of the back. And then I brush on another little bit of Mod Podge along the edge to help seal the fabric and prevent fraying. Once the whole chair was done and dry, I brushed on two thick coats of satin Polycrylic sealer on top of the fabric. This changed the look and feel of the fabric a bit – it sort of looks like laminated fabric now, or like the chair is made from a textured, printed plastic maybe? But the surface is solid and waterproof and easy to clean now, so I’m cool with it. Still pretty cute, right? I love how it looks from the back especially, with the pop of coral! It feels pretty indestructible and my girls love it. Win-win. 🙂
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Diy Office Chair

I pulled out some pretty, lightweight cotton fabric from my stash. I had bought several yards of this gauzy cotton Nani Iro for Kokka Fabrics at Purl Soho for a client project a few years ago. We ended up choosing another fabric, so I kept the yardage and I’m so glad I did! It worked perfectly here. Before we started with the decoupage, we sprayed the chair legs gold with Design Master’s Gold Metal and the chair back with a coral spray paint from Krylon which is supposed to work on plastics (and seems to be doing a good job of holding up). I started by brushing on a pretty generous coat of matte Mod Podge on just the front of the chair back. I left the edges of the seat alone for this part and just worried about the front face. I had figured out the pattern placement and cut out a section of fabric before I started glueing that was several inches bigger than the chair on all sides. I carefully placed the fabric on top of the Mod Podge layer and used my hands to smooth out all the bumps and wrinkles. It takes some work and time, but it’s really not all that hard to get a taut, smooth surface with the fabric. When the upper chair back was smooth, I repeated the same process on the chair seat. Again, I left the edges dry at this point and worried just about the big surfaces. If you do this project using the same IKEA chair, you’ll want to leave just a bit of fabric bunched around the curve of the seat (where the little hole in the back is). Once the seat and the seat back were all smooth, I trimmed the excess fabric a bit more, just to make things more manageable, and then I brushed Mod Podge onto the face of the edges and started the same process of smoothing. The corners and curves are really the only tricky part. I cut out some of the extra fabric in a triangle shape until the fabric sat perfectly smooth around the corner edge and then I glued it down with Mod Podge. A damp cloth really helps smooth everything down and was a big help with the edges especially. I cut away more fabric for the curve and the hole in the back of the chair before gluing the fabric down. Mod Podge is so easy to work with. It is so forgiving and can be repositioned for a long time. Once the Mod Podge had dried (about an hour or two later), I ran an X-acto knife down the inside edge of the back. And then I brush on another little bit of Mod Podge along the edge to help seal the fabric and prevent fraying. Once the whole chair was done and dry, I brushed on two thick coats of satin Polycrylic sealer on top of the fabric. This changed the look and feel of the fabric a bit – it sort of looks like laminated fabric now, or like the chair is made from a textured, printed plastic maybe? But the surface is solid and waterproof and easy to clean now, so I’m cool with it. Still pretty cute, right? I love how it looks from the back especially, with the pop of coral! It feels pretty indestructible and my girls love it. Win-win. 🙂

Diy Office Chair

Diy Office Chair
Diy Office Chair
Diy Office Chair
Diy Office Chair

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