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30 Creative Ways to Give Your Chair a Makeover

A chair makeover is a great way to give a piece of furniture an updated look. You can do this in many ways, from simple fixes like fabric and paint to more complex re-upholstering and even decoupage projects. From giving an old chair a new coat of paint in a fun style to completely transforming it with fabrics and stencils, these creative DIY chair makeovers will inspire you to get started on your own project.

I have collected 30 amazing tutorials from fellow bloggers on how they transformed old and lifeless chairs into colorful statement pieces for their homes. With so many different techniques and ideas, I'm sure you'll feel inspired to think about what you might be able to do with the old chairs in your home.

How do you spice up a chair?

You can transform a boring chair into something new and exciting with one of these creative makeover ideas. From stenciling and painting to adding fabric and decoupage, there are many ways to spice up a chair in no time. Add some color and patterns, or even try inspiring techniques like weaving and fabric painting.

Add a splash of colored paint

Color-blocked Chair

Mary at Style at Home has a great idea of giving an old chair a quick, easy makeover that includes adding a pop of color.

Two-toned Chair

Check out the House and Home take on color blocking.

 Color Dipped Chairs

In this tutorial, Kelly gives advice on giving old chairs a party makeover on Brit Co.

Personalize with stenciling

Stencil Accents chair

Holly from shows you how a stencil and some paint can give your chairs a quick updo to update your space.

Patio Chair Makeover

The tutorial at Frugal Thumb gives you some ideas as to why you don’t have to chuck old patio chairs for new ones. This tutorial covers everything you need to know about how to turn old and funky into new and charming.

Vintage Chair DIY

Learn how to give a wooden chair yard sale and find a vintage makeover using Martha Stewart supplies at Pink Cake Plate.

DIY Stenciling on chair

The tutorial at Pinot’s Pallete shows you how to create your own stencil and use it to make over an old chair.

DIY Color Block  Chair

If you go to Maggie Over By Studios, you’ll find a tutorial on color-blocking a metal chair to match a piece of fabric for the chair's seat.

Get artistic and paint your own designs

Repainting Metal Patio Furniture

Fox and Hazel have a fun project on how to repaint old metal patio chairs. You’ll also learn the technique of putting folk art flowers as a border for the chair.

Chair Makeover with a Story

This colorful chair is one of my own tutorials. I will show you how you can create meaningful art with a damaged chair.

Spruce it up with upholstery

Colorful Chair Do-over

The DIY Dreamer shows you how to repaint a chair to match new upholstery.

Second Life to a Recycled Chair

A creator from Goodwill teaches you how to transform a thrift store chair into a piece you’ll love in this in-depth tutorial.

Office Chair Makeover

At In My Own Style, you'll discover two different ways to add more years to your worn-out office chair.

Create Eclectic Chairs

Wendy Conklin will show you how she created these unique bohemian chairs using fun table runners and colorful paint.

Office Chair Makeover

You'll find detailed instructions on how to cover an office chair for a snug fit, even when using fabulous shaggy fabric at a Beautiful Mess

Adding designs

DIY Farmhouse Chair

See Lora from Craftivity Designs brilliant idea of using a custom iron--transfer image on her thrift store find's seat.

See how easy it can be to transform a chair from boring to colorful and fun on A Kailo Chic Life. It’s as simple as adding vinyl office stickers.

DIY Upcycled Chairs

Check out how to add pretty accents using decorative patterned paper you can find around the house to decoupage onto old wooden chairs on Dollie Dowsey.

A Thrifty "Upholstered" Chair

You’ll never believe the chair at All things Thrifty was made using fabric and Mod Podge. Brooke will show you exactly how she did it.

Decoupage a chair with fabric

Camilla also has a technique of decoupaging a chair with fabric at Effortless Style.

Fabric painting

Painted Chair Makeover

Sugar and Cloth will show you how to make a light-colored upholstered chair more interesting by painting simple designs using fabric paint.

Painted upholstery

Learn how painting the fabric on an old chair makes a fantastic look at Robb Restyle. You'll also get tips on which chair to use based on its upholstery.

Makeover Vintage Chairs

On the blog of Borei Design, you'll find a tutorial that does amazing things with old velvet chairs. Instead of reupholstering, the chair is repainted, turning it into functional artwork.

Painted Vinyl Chair

Amber at Garden Soiree painted it to look like fabric and used a variety of patterns and colors to give it a whimsical look.

Use fabric yarn or rope

Upcycled Chair with Yarn

You'll learn how adding fabric-made yarn can turn a boring chair into this colorful boho-style chair on FaveCrafts.

woven chair seat redo

Kasey from DIY Everywhere shows you the amazing transformation of a '70s chair with a lacquered woven seat into this super cute chair by weaving a new seat out of soft rope and painting the rest bright color.

Aluminum Chair Makeover

This project looks so fun. Rachel from A Beautiful Mess replaced those ugly plastic strips on an aluminum chair and replaced with a unique pattern of woven paracords.

Vintage Saucer Chair Makeover

Here is another amazing DIY weaving idea from My Poppet. Cinta shows you how you can makeover a broken vintage saucer chair by making your own upcycled rope and weaving it to make this wonderful chair look bohemian.

Wooden Chair Makeover

I love this tutorial by Sincerely, Kinsey. Not only is it surprisingly simple to make, but it looks so good when finished.

Cross Stitch Antique Chair

This chair makeover might be one of my favorites due to the creativity Bev from Flamingo Toes thought how to make it so uniquely. She found a broken chair that had a woven back. She added upholstered cushions for the seat. AND THEN, she added a cross stitch design using the woven back and made it match the fabric on the seat. How cool is that?

While the above projects were my favorite, I found many more when looking for tutorials online. Expand the heading below for even more DIY chair makeovers.

Even more DIY chair ideas to check out

Mid Century for Less- DIY Tutorial for Painted Patio Chair – Dirty Diaper Laundry

The Best Farmhouse Repurposed Chair DIYS and Ideas - The Cottage Market

DIY Chair Makeovers – From Drab to a Bohemian Dream

Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover - Curbly

Turn Vintage into Modern Chic with a Little Color and High Gloss Paint

DIY Modern Vintage Style Chair Makeover with Gold Spray Paint

DIY - How to Make an Old Chair Into a Statement Piece - Dig This Design

How to Thrift Store Chair Makeover - Nautical Style

DIY painted pastel wooden chair • Passionshake

DIY French Bistro Chair - So Much Better With Age

How to Turn an Old Chair into a Fairy Garden - The Homespun Hydrangea

Give your neighbors porch envy with this wicker chair DIY

Pick up a cheap chair from garage sale & give it a trendy makeover

Makeover of a Pine Kitchen Chair using Chalk Paint « HONEY & ROSES

diy chair makeover

DIY: How to Transform a Wicker Chair with Annie Sloan Paint - Distinctive Chesterfields USA

How to Spray Paint Metal Chairs - Lolly Jane

How To - Home & Family: DIY Hanging Chair

Remodelaholic | From Evergreen to Ever-fabulous! - Folding Chair Makeover

How to Refinish Folding Chairs - Decorate Them With Fabirc & Paint!

{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 30 - Rehabbing a Tired Chair - Makely

Chair Bench - DIY Inspired

Chic And Colorful Desk Chair Makeovers For DIY Lovers

Nautical Colored Chair Makeover with Added Storage | Ambient Wares

3 Extreme Chair Makeovers — Plus DIY Reupholstering Tips

Metal Folding Chair Makeovers - Crafty Morning

Chalk Paint Tutorial: Our Dramatic Chair Makeover!

I hope these projects have inspired you. With some creativity, you can transform any old or worn-out chair into something exciting and unique. The possibilities seem endless for DIY chair makeovers, so there’s no limit to what types of personalized creations you can create.

You can also check out the list of project ideas from some great bloggers on how to decorate a variety of different kinds of mirrors. Plus, I invite you to check out all of my own adult craft tutorials.

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