Monday, February 15, 2010

office chair make-over

One nasty $5 vinyl chair...

A couple of hours of work, IKEA fabric and spray paint later...

This chair was in the Los Angeles County General Hospital in the 60's. I wish I new how it got to the Salvation Army thrift store in the tiny town of Monroe, NC in 2009 .

Tools needed: Fabric, staple gun, screw driver and pliers for removing staples, scissors.

Remove staples and vinyl.

Staple new fabric on. I covered the underside of the seat also because it had water damage and was gross.

The chair back, step-by-step- 1) remove staples and vinyl & cut fabric a little larger then chair back. 2) Staple fabric on center of each side, pulling taut. 3) Continue stapling from side to side pulling fabric taut as you go. 4) Cut a square for the back. 5) Fold raw edge under and staple all around. 6) Fin!

Fabric detail.

Linking up to Just Something I Whipped Up at the Girl Creative and DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land and Made it Mondays at the Persimmon Perch and We Did It Wednesday at Sew Much Ado


51 comments:

Fawn said...

Wow! That fabric is AMAZING! I love the transformation!

Joy said...

Such vibrant fabric. I love it. I haven't been in an Ikea store yet. I really need to. It's just not convenient, but the fabics look great for sure.
♥ Joy

Mama Thompson said...

LOVE IT! Love how you did the fabric on it...so great!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

Oh I love it! Love the fabric, I'll keep my eye out for a chair like this! I did recover my plain cheapo office chair, wish I would have taken a before pic so I could share it!

abby @ tales and trials said...

What a transformation!! I would have passed that chair by with out a second thought. You have such a great eye for thrifting!

Steph said...

Yellow is my favorite color, but even if it wasn't, I'd still think this chair is AWESOME. Great job!

Frugal Home Design said...

That is awesome. That fabric really packs a punch.

Wendy said...

Two words: LOVE IT!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

So bright and cheerful!

~ Sarah

Single PAP said...

gorgeous! what a great redo!

Meg said...

I really love the Ikea fabric. Was just there today and they were having a $2/yard sale! I'm kicking myself for not getting some!

Chris said...

Love the happy yellow. Fantastic fabric choice fits with the chair's style. It could have looked like that all along!

Tauni said...

Love the fabric - it's so bright and happy. What an amazing transformation.

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

That is WAY cool. The fabric is perfect for the chair... has so much movement, and you just have to take notice of that color.

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

granma and papa said...

fabulous, Erin, you always impress me!

The Fear Fam said...

Beautiful! The fabric is fantastic.

Becca said...

Erin! That is *gorgeous!* I love it!! :)

kera said...

oh my!!! i love it!! the fabric is sooooo GREAT!!! i'm soooo upset with myself for passing up that chair at our samaritan center although deep down i KNEW there was surely SOMETHING i could do with it!!! LOVE IT!!!

Kristi said...

beautiful! Love the fabric...I so wish I had an IKEA near me...closest one is over 6 hours away! :(
Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting! :)

Design A-Peele said...

Erin!! That looks amazing!! I absolutely love it:)

missyolivepants said...

I LOVE it! What a great idea! (BTW - I'm nearly finished with my daughters upcycled ugly entertainment center turned kitchen!)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wonderful transformation! From depressing to happy!

Joy @ Joy2Sew said...

I LOVE ikea fabric too...well, everything there, but your chair is awesome! Love your blog!!!! I don't know how you find time to do a wonderful blog, and have 3 children, but GREAT job!!!!! You're definitely an inspiration to me!!!

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

So, so cute! Yay yellow and white.

urban craft said...

rad rad rad. I don't think this chair could have revamped any better. Love it!

Jenn Bennett said...

Love this. And your color choices are spot on!

dolores @ "Welcome to My Humble Ablog" said...

This is gorgeous! The fabric selection couldn't be better. I don't think I'd let anyone sit down on something so pretty.

Jennifer said...

Erin! This is gorgeous! You are the queen! ( and I need that fabric in my life! )

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

That looks fabulous!!!

jen said...

it turned our really nice! I need to find easier chairs to recover than my wingback... :)

Lovely Little Nest said...

Love the back-story! And that fabric is A-MA-ZING! I might have to pick some up for my desk chair! :)

jenjen said...

I love it!!! Such a fun and happy fabric you chose. Wonderful!

XOXO
Jen

Jane said...

I think a doctor's wife stole it. LOL. I once bought a tray table that had the address label of the original owner. It was from the times when the zip code was three numbers! Love getting a little history with a piece!

liz said...

wow erin your skillz are amazing. I am so impressed with every single post. totally inspiring.

We finally have out own home and I have no idea how to decorate it! I wish you could come over and help me!!!!

;-)

Anne said...

So beautiful, and so you! Love it

Jennifer said...

That's amazing! I love it. I wonder if I can do something similar to the chair in my office. Thank you so much for sharing!

Law Momma said...

I don't post often but I LOVE your blog... I'm envious of creative people. So envious that I passed along a treat for you at my blog. Congrats! (also, despite the title, there is no candy. Sorry.)

artisticblend said...

Nice job! Gorgeous fabric too!

marissa said...

that looks beyond fabulous. I am in love with that fabric!

Sew Much Ado said...

I love it! Isn't Ikea fabric just the best? We'd love to have you link up to We Did It! Wednesday on Sew Much Ado!

The (not so) Domestic Goddess said...

I heart this chair! It looks gorgeous...I've only just started following your blog & I must admit I check-in a couple of times daily even if to just scroll my way through your archives! You have given me much inspiration to turn my little house into a lovely home, and shown me I can do it without it costing me earth! Thanks so very much :)

alissa said...

I love your chair! The yellow is perfect - so bright & Springy!

Anonymous said...

that is so cute...i love the fabric...so bright and a lot nicer than what it was before

futuregirl said...

Wow! I love the way you positioned the fabric. That's an energetic chair!

Marla said...

Erin, I love your creativity! Your vision for the chair amazes me, I love the transformation and would never have invisioned it on my own. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Way cool. Smiles, Marla

Danielle said...

You are so awesome! That looks like a chair that someone would pay $100 for! Thank you for the step by step instructions. I've always wondered how to recover a chair.

Tumaini said...

Now I know what to do with these kinds of chairs!!! I always see them and my brain freezes. They are so, um, not pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Tumaini Rivera
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Chelsa said...

I was searching out ideas for remaking my clothes and stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Thanks for all of the creative ideas!

Jessica said...

LOVE the fabric on this. I found similar old chairs from the Utah State Capitol and reupholstered them, the history makes them so more sentimental I think.

yellowmum said...

I am in love with this chair-seriously. The colors, the design. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Orianne said...

Hello there,

This chair turned out very well indeed. It's success is due to the fresh lemon-clean colours and your way of strategically placing the fabric on the seat and back rest. This chair is a showstopper and could be featured in any house & design magazine.

I so look forward to exploring your blog and to more of your transformations!

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