Are you looking for some creative chair makeover ideas? Then you have come to the right place! Let me show you how easy it is to makeover a vanity chair with a creative twist!
how can I make my chair look better?
You might look at a chair like this little vanity chair and wonder how can you make it look better?
It’s cute and all, but how can it look even better?
I say, of course you can make this sweet chair look even better!
how do you revamp an old chair?
There was a time when needlepoint was a very popular upholstery material for a chair. Especially if it wasn’t a chair that would get alot of use.
It was a great way to show off the workmanship of someone who was skilled in needlepoint. I did a bit of needlepoint in high school but it just wasn’t my thing.
Back in the day when Home Economics was an elective that was offered in school, you can bet I signed up any chance I could. In fact, I spent all four years of high school in some sort of home economics class – sewing of every kind from clothing to home decor.
My sewing teacher, Mrs. Moore, was my idol and she arranged for me to come to her department during every study hall I had. That was such a happy place for me during some very turbulent years.
Anyway, let’s get back to this sweet chair!
how do you update chair upholstery?
One easy way to update chair upholstery is to just simply take off the old fabric and replace it with new upholstery fabric.
A few staples later and you can call it a day!
BTW, when I remove the screws from a chair seat like this, I either put them in a Ziploc baggie or tape them to the underside of the wood section. You don’t want to lose those!
the old is gone, the new has come
So, back to one of my chair makeover ideas and the upholstery on this vanity stool. Regular upholstery fabric would work perfectly. But we tend to think outside of the box here in my workshop!
The project started with a base fabric big enough to cover the whole seat section with some extra for wrap around.
Old sheeting is the best for this. You could also use muslin or drop-cloth. Any light-colored scrap will do!
When you are thinking of chair makeover ideas, decide if you want a formal look or an informal look. The look I had in mind for this vanity stool makeover was less formal and a bit more farmhousey.
Fabric scraps came to mind. And then I thought torn edges would be so adorable! We like the use-what-you-have-on-hand approach here at Reinvented Delaware!
Tearing natural fiber fabrics like the ones I am using in this project is easy! It can seem a bit weird the first couple of times you do it, but this method works like a charm to get the frayed edge and on the straight of grain to boot!
Make a little snip on the edge of the scrap…..
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….and then tear the fabric!
I realize that might seems scary, but trust me, this method of tearing fabric, especially natural fiber fabrics, is a breeze! Try it on a scrap to conquer your fear!! You’ll be hooked!
fabric tearing video
Here’s a little slow-mo video to watch how I tear the fabric. I repeated the steps around all four sides of each scrap piece.
You’ll end up with lots of sections like this. Each section is a different size and I didn’t measure anything. I made sure to have enough to cover the section of base fabric I had to cover the chair seat.
You’ll also end up with a lot of loose threads!!
plan the layout
It’s best to find the center of the base fabric before adding the scraps to it. To find the center, just fold the fabric in half and then in half again. A little pressing gives nice center lines to work with. Working from the center out will help when covering all of the base fabric with the scraps.
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a lucky find
See that doily? That was a lucky find in a box lot from an auction. Look closely and you will see the word that was created with the yarn.
My first torn edge scrap of fabric went smack in the center of the base fabric.
The wrinkles add to the time-worn look, don’t you think?
From there, I continued to add the scraps working my way to the outside edges of the base fabric. I also kept in mind that this chair seat is a circle. Using the circular wood piece helped me to not go to far off the outside edges. I only needed to go enough to wrap around.
A few pins held the pieces in place as I took the patchwork to the sewing machine.
added over time
To go along with the patchwork theme, I thought it would look awesome if the pieces appeared to be added over time. A little patch here and there over the years.
So, I kept that in mind as I stitched, lifting pieces in the areas it made sense.
You can see this in the image below. The solid piece was added first so I lifted the blue grain sack style fabric when I reached the spot where they were layered.
You can also see that once all the pieces where stitched, I missed a few spots. There was a tiny section of base fabric that was still exposed so I just added another patch!
You might also notice that one of the scraps has a hem. That was a section of dropcloth from a pillow project. The hem just adds a bit more texture to my library of chair makeover ideas!
attach to base
Once all of the patches were sewn on, I started to attach it to the wood base section of the chair. Just a few staples to hold it in place and then I added some covered cording leftover from another project.
This chair makeover idea sounds more like a project leftover idea, doesn’t it??
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how to decorate a wooden chair
That’s it for today! We’ll look at how to decorate this wooden chair in the next post.
What are you thoughts for chair makeover ideas? Share your ideas in the comments and we can inspire each other!
And please, except my apologies if you want to keep all the scraps of fabric now!!
chair makeover ideas
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