Finding an old wood folding chair at a thrift store was the perfect find for a Chair Makeover with a DIY Cushion to use in my bathroom.
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I visited one of our local Habitat Restores and was on the hunt for an inexpensive chair that needed some attention. I had a vague idea of what kind of chair I wanted, but I wasn’t sure if I would find it.
For a while, I’ve been planning on buying a vanity chair for my bathroom. Currently, I have a small stool, with no back, that’s black. It doesn’t match anything in the room. The only thing it’s got going for it is that it folds up and can be put away into the closet.
I like the idea of being able to store the chair out of the way when I’m not using it, so I was on the look-out for some kind of folding chair. I was super happy to find one that I knew could work perfectly.
I purchased the chair for $10.00, brought it home and began the process of cleaning it. I was glad to find that it was sturdy and the screws just needed a little bit of tightening. It was pretty well worn though.
I used TSP to thoroughly clean it and then used some medium grit sand paper to get rid of a lot of the discoloration.
Because I couldn’t get rid of all of those black spots, I decided to give it one coat of spray primer. That’s something I always have on hand, so no additional cost here.
Giving a thrift store find chair a makeover
That did the trick and it was ready for its first coat of chalk paint. I found a recipe for DIY Chalk Paint that I wanted to try. It’s so much cheaper than brand name chalk paint and I’ve been pleased with the results I get. It’s easy to mix, but I only mix up as much as I can use at the time. I have some very small pails that I use for this. I had the Plaster of Paris and the paint on hand.
After the first coat dried, I gave it a second one. Once it was completely dry, which takes less than 30 minutes, I used Mini Wax Polycrylic Protective Spray Finish. I’ve used this with success for other projects and it was something I had on hand, too.
After cleaning, priming and painting, the chair was now something that I could use, but it looked very plain and boring. I wanted to give it some color and make it more comfortable to sit on as well. I looked though several old cushions I have to see if any of them would work, but they were all too thick. Then, I remembered that last year I bought a two pack of foam cushions and I only used one of them.
I was expecting to have to cut it down to size, but it actually fit perfectly. All it needed was to be covered with some fabric that would match my bathroom. Checking through my stash of cloth remnants was not a success. Off to JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft I went. I found a pretty print that matches out master bathroom. Of course, I used a coupon!
How to Make a DIY Chair Cushion
Now, this is where I would love to be able to say I quickly sewed a lovely cover for my foam cushion. But, sewing is not something that I can put on my crafting resume! So, I’ll share how to make a diy chair cushion. I can’t sew at all, but I can wrap a very pretty present.
I measured the fabric, centered the cushion and wrapped it up just like I would wrap a boxed gift.
I made sure that the corners were even and tucked neatly.
I used fabric glue to secure the fabric to the foam. Every non-seamstress needs to have fabric glue on hand!
I needed to secure the cushion to the chair so that it wouldn’t fall off when I fold it up, but I didn’t want it to be permanently attached. Using adhesive Velcro squares solved that problem. I added a small strip to each corner to hold the cushion in place.
The matching pieces of the Velcro were placed on the corresponding spots on the chair.
I think the chair was a bit over priced, but I didn’t mind paying that price, knowing that proceeds from the sales at the Habitat Restore go to such a wonderful cause.
The finished chair looks nice in my bathroom and will be easy to use and store away behind a door when I want to open up the floor space.
Supply List for Chair Makeover with
- Folding Chair
- TSP Cleaner
- Micro Fiber Cloth
- Plaster of Paris
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Polycrylic Spray Finish
- Foam Cushion
- Velcro Adhesive Strips
- Fabric Glue
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Folding Chair Makeover with DIY Cushion