Office Chair Makeover

Over at How Joyful, Joy had an office chair that was pretty beat up, and she didn’t like the dark leather look of it.  But the chair was still so comfortable to sit in that she decided to give it another chance before throwing it out.

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Joy decided to make slipcovers for the fabric parts of the chair and spray paint the rest.  First she took apart the entire chair.  Joy used outdoor cotton canvas, velcro, and elastic to sew covers for the chair back and seat, and stapled fabric covers onto the arm rests.  While the chair was disassembled, she used spray primer and white spray paint to coat all the metal and plastic parts of the chair with fresh white paint.  After putting the chair back together, Joy was rewarded with very impressive results!  And I don’t know about you, but I’m digging the polka dots!

how joyful after

Visit Joy at How Joyful to get much more detailed instructions on making slipcovers and more.


  1. Jamie Koenig says:

    I Love it…nice way to turn that snooze of a office chair into somethin eyecatching!

    • I agree, Jamie! It really became a statement piece rather than a bland piece of furniture in the background!

  2. Don’t know if I like the colors at all but the project is a total win!

    • Isn’t it great that we can all find inspiration from the same thing even if we all have completely different tastes?

  3. Camille says:

    This is FANTASTIC!!! I’ve been looking at our office chairs and considering a ‘recover job’ – as they are so ‘officey looking’ – blech! This came just in time! Thank you so much!

    • I’m so glad, Camille! You’ll have to show me pictures of how yours turn out! It makes such a difference, don’t you think?

  4. Love!!!!!

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