A easy and fuss free FUN project allowing you to upcycle your chairs!


  • 1 Old chair
  • 1 Paint Brush
  • 1 Good Quality Undercoat (Primer-Sealer-Stain Blocker)
  • 2 litres Quality Bold Coloured Paint
  • 1 metre Bold Coloured Fabric (depending on size of cushion on chair)
  • 1 Fabric Wadding (if required to pad up chair)
  • 1 Stapler or Fabric Tacker


  1. Undercoat chair with good quality undercoat (Primer-Sealer-Stain Blocker) I like to use Bulls Eye 1,2,3. Wait for it to dry.
  2. Apply 2 coats of your selected bold coloured paint. Wait to dry.
  3. Cover your cushion or chair pad just as you would a present, using your fabric tacker to secure the fabric on the bottom of the pillow. If required strategically place the wadding on first then fabric second prior to stappling / tacking to the base.
  4. Screw chair pad back to chair using screw driver or cordless drill.


My children needed desk chairs. So rather than heading out and buying new ones I decided to upcycle some chairs that I picked up second hand. I really love the bold colour scheme and the splash of colour they add to the room.

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  • mom110258
    • 17 Dec 2014
      12:00 pm

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  • YES! I love the idea of upcycling old chairs with bright colours


  • Thank you for great idea. Loves thay colours


  • Wow good on you the chairs look brand new


  • My kitchen chairs sure do need a make over. I’m a tad concerned about the material covers though. I don’t think they’re all that easy to get on smoothly. I hope I’m wrong


  • I love making old things new again and giving them life back! Great job!


  • My mum still does this. She does an amazing job too


  • My dad used to recover our kitchen chairs and our lounge suite. He did a really good job, I now know it’s not as easy as it looks


  • Clever idea! They look really great. Thank you.


  • Totally into this upcycling idea – I love it!


  • A great way to make your chairs look brand new.


  • A wonderful splash of colour and creativity.


  • They look great love it thankyou


  • We did these to our kitchen chairs, so they’d match the couches!


  • Very clever indeed! Thank you!


  • I do like the zebra pattern,looks funky!


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