Let me tell you, recovering this second hand office chair was super easy. If you have a similar chair and want to give it a new look do not fear you can do this too! If you follow my blog you probably already know I purchased this chair second hand for Jon. It’s going to go with his new desk, that made it up the stairs on Monday!!!! Just barely, but we managed to get it up with a hand truck, me, Jon, my BIL Chris and SIL Courtney (thanks again C&C). Oh and our neighbor Don who came over just in the nick of time as the desk may or may not have come crashing/rolling down the stairs on top of Jon and I had he not shown up. It got a little hairy to say the least. Anyway, back to the chair. So this is what I/we did on Sunday….
You will need:
- A screw driver that will help with taking apart the chair (this may vary depending on the hardware)
- Staple gun
- Staples 1/4 inch should work well
-Double sided foam tape (you might not need this)
-Thread and curved needle (you might not need this either)
- A new fun and fabulous fabric for your chair
Since every chair is different, you might find that you need more supplies. You may also want to add embellishments after as well.
Step 1: Take the cushions off the chair. These are my hands.
Step 2: Take the two parts of the back rest apart. We used a pair of pliers for this. Those are Jon’s manly hands, I guess this part of the project looked fun, so he wanted to help.
Step 3: The two parts of the back-rest on this chair were attached with nails. We removed them. Still Jon’s hands, this part was fun too I guess.
Step 4: Well this is not really a step, it is just showing the two pieces apart. Since the existing fabric was a solid color we chose to leave it on. If you want to remove the old fabric you can at this time.
Step 5: Attach your new fabric. To do this use the staple gun. To keep the fabric tight staple across from your last staple. For example, staple at 6 o’clock then at 12 o’clock, then at 9 o’clock then 3 o’clock. Keep doing this pattern while pulling the fabric each time before stapling. Go around the entire boarder until all of the fabric is tight around the outside.
Step 6: Cut off the extra fabric. I think that is my hand…
Step 7: This is just showing the two sides completed. That is Jon’s hairy leg, not mine.
Step 8: Add double sided foam tape or squares to the corners and a few places on the inside. * you may not need to do this, it did not really help as much as I thought it would. Perhaps you could use hot glue or if you want to try nails you have to put them in before you attach the fabric and have them sticking out then slam the two pieces together. I did not want use the nails because that sounded difficult and dangerous and we did not have the right size nails and it was raining and I did not want to go to the store. So we improvised, it might not be the most professional way of doing this, but it worked for this chair.
Step 9: Put the back rest back together with the hardware. My hand on the bottom, Jon’s hand on top.
Step 10: As you can see here my double sided foam tape did not work as well as I had hoped. So I improvised again.
Step 11: Sew the back rest pieces together. Or try to with a regular needle like I did and get very frustrated.
Step 12: Realize that with your pair of pliers you can bend the needle into a hook shape and dance around with joy celebrating how genius you are. Or if you are well stocked in all things crafty and already have a real hook-shaped needle, you are awesome and can totally skip this step. That is my hand.
I am so happy with the way it turned out. Jon loves it too, his favorite part is the creaky noises it makes, it doesn’t take much to entertain him. It looks great with the desk too. Once we have more of the decorating done in Jon’s office I will share all of that good stuff with you.
Oh I am sharing this DIY on Beneath My Heart Link Party. Pop on over there to see other great DIY projects!
Today I am thankful for: 3 out of the 4 maps that I ordered are here…. one more to go. Can’t wait to share this design idea with you. :)