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  • MAKEKIND 22.

    08.30.2012 / Miscellaneous

    Any plans for the long weekend? I’m planning a little get together to soak up every last bit of summer and to celebrate my mister’s birthday. In preparation for our guests, I added a splash of paint and pattern to some dull folding chairs. Who says functional can’t be fun? Here’s a peek at the transformation…

    MATERIALS //  folding chair, screwdriver, drop cloth, spray paint (2 cans per chair), fabric (20″ x 20″ piece per chair), scissors, staple gun and staples

    STEPS  // 01 REMOVE EXISTING CUSHION  Using screwdriver, remove existing cushion from chair frame and set aside.

    02 PAINT CHAIR //  In well-ventilated area, place chair on drop cloth and wipe down with damp towel. Using slow side-to-side movements, apply two thin coats of spray paint (refer to paint can instructions for drying time between coats). Let chair dry overnight. Tip: If chair is dark color or smooth finish, apply primer before painting with desired color.

    03 RECOVER EXISTING CUSHION //  Lay out new fabric and place seat cushion face down. Trim fabric along edge of cushion (approximately 3″ from edge). Once cut, attach fabric using staple gun. Begin by stapling at the center of each side and then at the corners. Tip: If using a patterned fabric, be sure to align to your liking prior to stapling.

    04 ASSEMBLE CHAIR //  Once chair is dry, assemble with new cushion and begin using!

    [photos by Christine for Design For Mankind]

    • LOVE this! I see these at the thrift store all the time and it never even crossed my mind to do this!!

    • Buttercup

      Hi, this might be a stupid question: does the spray paint rub off at all?

    • That’s a great DIY project for a beginner like me. Thanks for sharing!

    • I love this idea. I have folding chairs but they are plastic. Do you think the spray paint would work with the plastic?

    • This is so fabulous!! :) Thanks for sharing. Going to have to try this soon.

    • I…might have bought some old brown folding chairs at a thrift store *cough* two years ago to do something like this. Thanks for the reminder :)

    • OH I love this! Looks like a fun project!

    • Patti

      My folding chairs dont have cushions… any ideas

    • Such great questions!

      Buttercup – I haven’t had any problems with the paint rubbing off of my chairs but if you have any concerns with paint adhering, I would use a primer first just to be safe!

      Tracy – There are a few spray paints out there intended to bond specifically to plastic, I would give one of those a try. You might try Krylon’s Fusion Aerosol Spray-Paint for Plastic.

      Patti – I think painting the chair two shades would be fun (perhaps the seat is painted yellow and the rest of the chair salmon). Another option, might be to use painter’s tape and tape off a simple pattern on the seat (like bold stripes).

      Hope this helps, all! Happy long weekend.

    • I am totally going to do this! Like going to goodwill to find folding chairs today haha!

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