Tuesday

Wooden Chair Makeover // DIY

 
I found this chair at a local thrift shop for a few bucks last week. It was so dirty and tattered, but I knew it just needed a little bit of lovin' and it would look brand new. Here's what I did:


Supplies: chair with removable seat cover, different colored fabrics, scissors.

This chair began with a wicker seat cover that was all warped and cracking, so I began by cutting out the seat. Next, take multiple pieces of fabric, and cut them into long strips. The length of the strips will depend on the size of the seat and how long you want the ends to hang off in the end. Once you've cut all of the fabric, begin tying them tightly to the chair from one end to the other, filling the entire seat with fabric strips from side to side. Then, begin adding strips of fabric from front to back, intertwining between each strip of fabric going side to side. When threading the strips through, make sure each strip is threaded under the opposite strip of the one before. This will create a lattice pattern and give the seat extra strength. Lastly, once you've filled both sides with strips of fabrics, cut off the extra fabric on the front and back, and tie the ends of the strips on the sides in knots.

This chair is going to be a part of an outside garden in our new home holding some pretty plants and bringing some color to the backyard. Right now I'm in full makeover mode with the idea of our new home in mind. Let the home projects begin!


54 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty, clever idea! I love it!!
    xo

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  2. i'm making this as soon as i can get to a goodwill. this is my favorite DIY you've posted!

    http://ashleybouchez.blogspot.com

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  3. What a great project idea! I love the colors you chose and it looks so bohemian. Just wonderful.

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  4. i can't even handle this. you're so creative.

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  5. I totally love it!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  6. That is such a cute idea! And easy enough that I may be able to do it!

    ♥Brooke
    You're In Brookelynn

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  7. LOOOVE it! Makes me want to go and find a chair now :) Or weave something!

    xo,
    Shio

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  8. I used to make little coasters like this when I was a little girl for my gma. Is it strong enough to sit in? I love this project so, so much.

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    1. I'm able to sit in just fine! It's definitely sturdy.

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  9. Great idea! I will have to try this one day.

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  10. Great job! Looks very cool.
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  11. Oh Wow, I adore this idea!! Totally going to try this!

    xx
    MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

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  12. This is such a great idea! The chair looks lovely!

    http://erstwhilefelicity.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Really fun makeover! I love all the colors. -Jen

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  14. You're brilliant! I love the way it turned out :)

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  15. WOW. you're like the DIY queen!! love this.

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  16. What a great idea!!And it turned out just perfect!

    xoxo

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  18. This is beautiful!! I love the way you'll be using it (for plants). Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. Really cute! I'mm assuming it's not sturdy enough for an adult to sit in, however. Maybe a smaller-scale one would be able to hold a small child? How sturdy do you think it is?

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    1. Hi Ina,

      I think it's fine for a smaller adult! I was able to sit in just fine. :)

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  20. I love this! I have several chairs in my house that definitely need a makeover!

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  21. What a sweet char! I love thrift store finds, but never think to refurbish them like this! Thanks so much for the inspiration...

    http://yeoldeslothbear.blogspot.com/

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  22. inspiration, inspiration ... or how to transform the insipid in something special! merci !

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  23. Ok... once again I am blown away by your creativeness!! I would have passed up that little chair thinking," Oh you poor thing, your life is completely over." and here you have TOTALLY turned that little chair into a work of art!!! You are amazing, Kinsey!!

    ~Kat
    blog: www.aandfphotos.blogspot.com

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  24. what an amazing idea, love the colours you chose.

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. This is so great! Thank you for sharing!

    -Karina

    www.KarinaLouise.com

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  26. So cute! This makes me wanna make one to replace my ugly dorm chair!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  27. really nice DIY! and great colors! :)

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  28. okay, so cute! i love this, such a great idea to do with an old chair, seriously this is so cool it looks like it should be in anthropologie or something!!

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  29. o my! this is fantastic!!! such a great idea and such a simple project.

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  30. Wow! It looks so simple but so elegant. I really love this. :)

    xo, Adriana.

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  31. I love the way this came out! They definitely remind me of my childhood :) My grandma has a lot of these in her house in México. I may just try this! :)

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  32. I love this! It looks so good! You are so creative!

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  33. What kind of fabric (cotton,jersey) did you use? Your chair is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I just used cotton fabrics.

      Kinsey

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  34. Great idea!
    I am Stella from Athens with styllia.blogspot.com
    I reblogged your wonderful makeover ... thank you for sharing :)

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  35. I have 2 chairs I've been saving for something for years and years...I'm redoing them with your idea! Thanks

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  36. I love this and definitely want to try it. I have a chair like this that my grandmother 'fixed'. She used stockings (pantyhose) to redo the seat. It's my favorite thing.

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  37. Love this chair and I'm definitely gonna have to try it. I have a chair alot like this one that my grandmother fixed years ago. She used stockings/pantyhose to fix the seat. It's my favorite thing of hers.

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  38. I have made two of these chairs into plant holders, and started "copying" your project last night bc i love it so much! I didnt have the strips precut so it is taking forever lol. I worked on it about 2 hours last night, but i know the end result is going to be fabulous! Im almost done weaving, then I've just got to tie the ends. Wish me luck!

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  39. I like this, but I was wondering if I use furniture tacks on each strip where it ties to the chair if it would then be okay to sit on it?

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  40. Great question! I'm honestly not sure, but it wouldn't hurt to try and find out! If you decide to tackle this project please let me know/send photos my way. I'd love to see how it turns out for you! :)

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  41. Hi! I just wanted to thank you - you provided me with the inspiration I needed to complete a chair this past weekend. If you'd like to take a look, it's here. Thanks again - beautiful!
    http://revivedbydelia.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/raggedy-chic-chair/

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  42. Here's my attempt!

    http://tinypic.com/r/20awg3q/8

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  43. Oh my goodness......I am making this for my daughter's nursery!!!!

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  44. Oh my goodness....I am making this for my daughter's nursery!

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