Reupholstering A Chair

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rolling desk chairs with cute frames are hard to come by. There are a lot of cute desk chairs out there, but very few with wheels. I found this cream rolling chair at the thrift store and thought it had potential. All together with a little white lacquer spray paint, cute vintage fabric and my trusty stapler we would work wonders. Reupholstering a chair takes patience; lots of it! I'm going to take you step-by-step through the process.
The first thing I did was take the wheels off. Then I took the horrid pastel floral fabric off this poor chair. It had a million bajillion staples and took me forevvverrrr to get it loose. After a couple hours this poor chair was finally free!
I sanded the frame of the chair with medium grade sand paper then wiped it clean with a cloth. It took two coats of Gloss White Lacquer Spray Paint to fully coat the chair. Goodbye old cream, hello shiny white!
Next I covered the seat (without using piping) and then worked on the seat back. I used eco-foam (an environmentally-friendly upholstery foam) from the fabric store to pad the chair back.
After the back was stapled on, I used a green trim to cover the staples around the frame of the upholstered chair back. I used extra-hold fabric glue to attach the trim.
Ta-Dah! All finished, shiny and new. If anyone is interested in purchasing this desk chair, or has any questions about reupholstering a chair, send me an email at hello.kellyboudreau (at)
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  1. such a fantastic makeover! love the idea of upcycling and giving something new life!

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