Folding Chair Makeover ~ Before and After


I had a folding chair that had definitely seen better days.  It was originally bought at a yard sale for $5.00 and when purchased was like new.  After years of using it it definitely either needed to be thrown out or it needed to receive a makeover.  Since the frame itself was still in perfect condition and only the chair cushion vinyl and padding needed to be replaced I had nothing to lose so thought I would try my hand at a makeover.  I had reupholstered my dining room chairs twice so knew I could handle this little cushion.

Chair Before {try not to scream out loud at the hideousness of it!}

Materials needed:

Spray paint.  I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint in White Semi-Gloss.

New chair padding and fabric of your choice.  I used burlap.  With a coupon you can get burlap for less than $2.00 a yard and I needed less than a yard for this cushion.  {Measure the size of your seat pad and add 6 inches to the width and the length just to assure you have enough to cover the padding and staple into place.}  My favorite tutorial for reupholstering a chair cushion is this one from The Family Handyman.

*Optional:  Graphics to add to seat cushion.  I downloaded mine from The Graphics Fairy 

I removed the chair base and then spray painted the frame.  It took about 5 coats of paint to cover the original dark paint.

I upholstered the base following the tutorial mentioned above.

Once the paint was dry I replaced the cushion and added a little vinyl cutout to the chair back that I made using my Cricut Solutions Cartridge, Home Décor.  That was it.  I really like how this turned out and I think I may even keep my eye open for old folding chairs in need of some love in hopes of having a funky complete set soon!

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  1. I love this MB! You did such a great job. You could sell these!!!!
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  2. LOVE! It is amazing what some paint and a gorgeous cushion can d. I especially love the whimsical birdie in the corner!
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  3. This looks great! What a difference!

  4. Mary Beth I love it! Great save and I love the bee graphic.
    Nice Job!
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  5. Julia Stansel says:

    I just purchased several used folding chairs at the local thrift store for 99 cents each to use for painting classes. They are the same dark colors as yours was. Although the vinyl padding is in perfect shape, I don’t care for the dark colors. So it seems I will be trying another one of your projects!

  6. Sweetest folding chair ever! You had me at the little birdie!


  7. Great job! The chair looks fantastic. Makes me think I could do this with my 90’s looking folding chairs to make them more modern looking.
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  8. I love this! I have a stack of folding chairs that are still in very good condition but I don’t like them anymore at all! I’ve been considering making them over into something I do love and your tutorial is giving me the push to go for it!
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  9. Wow your chair is so cute! well done!
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  10. this is so cute and what an amazing transformation!!
    I would love for you to share this with us at our party over at live love laughs linky
    hope to see you there.xx
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  11. very cool makeover. never would’ve thought a folding chair could be so shiek;)

  12. Wow – I love, love, love your chair! It’s beautifully transformed!
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  13. You did a great makeover. It repaired a sad looking chair. We have a set of these suckers that are quite ugly. I would love to give them some kind of makeover after seeing what you did!
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  14. Ohhh, love this! I too have a fold our chair, AKA the finger pincher. I love it but it’s ugly and in need of a reno, this has totally inspired me.
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  15. So cute!! I would like to do this to my boring hunter green set. How did you apply the design to the burlap seat?

    • Hi Juanita ~ I used HP Iron on Transfer paper ~ not sure if that was the best choice but it looks good and we have been using the chair and it’s been holding up perfect!

  16. What a HUGE difference you made in the chair. It looks great. Never entered my mind to redo one of those chairs before, now I will keep my eye out for the folding ones and keep in mind that they too can be beautiful with a little work.
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  17. I wish my Nana would let me borrow her set so we can have these awesome chairs for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Maybe one day I’ll grow up and get my own folding chairs and table…

    Great work!
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  18. The after is amazing. Makes me wish my awful folding chairs had a cushion. I would love it if you would share this on Tout It Tuesday.
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  19. Love the revamp on the folding chair. I would have never thought to make it over again since it’s just a folding chair!
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  20. Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
    Debi Bolocofsky

  21. Hi,
    I have the same chair without the cushion. Do you think I can add a cushion? How is it attached to the chair? My chair hast a bit of a curve on the seat. HELP!!! I want mine like yours!! :)

    • Hi Maria, you certainly can make your own cushion. You can just measure your seat and then purchase seat foam and bunting to cover the foam. Once you have your ‘filler’ you can make the cushion just like you would a pillow and then tie it on to the chair like this, or you could buy a ready made cushion and leave it as is or cover it with burlap and customize it.

      Thanks for stopping by ~ have a wonderful weekend!

  22. such a darling project!

  23. I am amazed! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  24. Great transformation & love the graphics you chose. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)
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  25. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  26. Brenda H. says:

    I Love this! But please tell me how you get the graphic onto the burlap.

    • Hi Brenda ~ I used HP Iron on Transfer paper ~ not sure if that was the best choice but it looks good and we have been using the chair and it’s been holding up perfect!

  27. Very cute! I love the little bird!

  28. Fantastic idea to upgrade a folding chair like that! Visiting from Fox Hollow’s pin party and I really love this idea. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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  29. Brilliant! I am amazed and delighted that those old folding chairs can take on such a new life. I LOVE that graphic!. Really terrific project!

  30. Adorable! What a great idea! My folding chairs are looking a little shabby (and not in a good way) from our numerous moves over the past few years…you have just inspired me to spruce them up! Blessings from Judy @
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    • Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Judy ~ I have also seen some recently that were spray painted all different colors…that might be something fun to try! Have a great week. hugs, mary beth

  31. Brilliant idea! …and lovely to have such an attractive extra chair for guests in the storeroom..though I’m sure mine would be out on show :)

    • Thank you so much, Judy. My oldest son has the chair in his room now so I guess I need to make another one for guests. Have a very Happy New Year!


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