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How to Reupholster an Office Chair {guest post}

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Hi Ya’ll!  I’m Pat from Corn in my Coffee Pot.  I’m so jazzed about being here at My Repurposed Life.  First of all, I’ve never EV.ER guest posted.  If you’re a regular reader at Corn then you know what a procrastinator I am…so here I am, finally getting around to submitting something for just this occasion.  Thanks Gail…for letting me do this.
I am a ‘re-purposer’ and I generally do these little projects “Using What I Have” whether it is for something I need or something I want; I almost always try and find a way to do it on the cheap!

Just to recap–
Some of the things I want to work on this year in 2013

not necessarily in that order.
So…We had some rainy days recently; and rather than just sitting around waiting for it to stop and thinking about everything I had OUTSIDE to do… I decided to tackle a couple of projects inside.
This project touches on all 3 of these “THINGS TO DO” IN 2013 –for the whole list and review you can read all about it here.
Just in case you need a VISUAL AID::
settee and chair
All clear?
I’m working in one of the spare-room /slash former SONS room/ Den-Office-Etsy Space????
a.k.a.–The Wonder Room, right now. 
Warning:: plenty of pictures to follow at this point.
I recently saved this office chair from a trip to the dump… my one daughter thought it was ugly, left it to the other daughter…who decided it WAS ugly.
NOW I have it. Sad I know.
project-Office Chair Re-do BEFORE
But…here it is,lying on the floor…awaiting ‘A One Woman Surgical Team’ to work it’s magic.
It’s Ugly.
I got right to work.

I removed this trim and started to remove screws… not having a clue what I was doing OR how this thing was held together.


project-Office Chair Re-do removing screws and seat
Got the fabric -covered -plastic -molded -seat -thingy OUT!
project-Office Chair Re-do bottom
…AND unbolted from the swirly swivel legs;
That I could almost PROMISE had an “ON” switch!!
try to hold swirly swivel legs still while holding a drill  in one hand and a camera in the other while removing screws all at the same time.
FINALLY! the seat is removed from swirly swivel legs and fabric is cut-loose!
Just me and my legless, virtually naked, cushy lined chair.
project-Office Chair Re-do Fabric removed

Oh! I almost forgot…
for this project you need::
A drill.
A flat head screw driver
A box cutter
A pair of scissors
A pair of ‘needle nosed pliers’
probably some GLOVES would be nice!
A staple gun
Staples (not office supplies)
A safe place for loose screws
Fabric of your choice OR re-purpose ONE cute curtain panel
A sewing machine
A SEAM Ripper
…did I say Scissors???
MORE THAN ONE 60 watt bulb (or a Well lit kitchen)
A camera :/
at least 3 LESS hungry YOUNGIN’s

Alright back to the chair…

This is the space at the seat and back of the chair…those are staples in there.
Don’t let them fool you…they are sharp! (They must come out)
project-Office Chair Re-do staples

I SEWED the back cover and the seat cover together…where the bend in the seat was… I used a curtain panel for my fabric. I believe it’s cotton and I cut the hemmed edge off one side. I used a strip of  that hemmed edge to sew over the seam I’d made, to reinforce it.

project-Office Chair Re-do stitching 2

This is inside the seat and won’t be seen.

project-Office Chair Re-do stitching
This is what will be seen. Not perfect…but at this point who cares right?  I’m going to sit on it!

project-Office Chair Re-do tuck flapThis is about a 2-3 inch piece left at the seam…that will be tucked inside the seat and stapled to HOLD IT in place.

project-Office Chair Re-do tuck flap stapling

I crammed it into the crevice (DIY technical jargon for those taking notes) between the seat back and seat bottom… and stapled away!



project-Office Chair Re-do staplingStretched it around the seat on all sides, careful to tuck the corners etc… again stapling as I went.
Reversing the process, I put it back together onto the frame…
AND! onto the crazy swirly swivel legs.

project-Office Chair Re-do getting it togetherTa-dah!

Hold for glamour shot!!!
project-Office Chair Re-do After
Oh and the Pillow? It’s a Bonus!
It’s a very soft burlap bag…Rice came in it. My brother snagged it for me!
Isn’t it nice when people know you live by the ‘Other Man’s Trash- Mantra” ???
There were two little straps on it for a handle and since it had a zipper already… I just cut the handles off and stuffed it with some batting…and I use it for a lumbar pillow in my chair!
Perfectly Cute pillow, huh?  With just the right amount of Green and Orange!!!

I’d like to invite y’all on over to my place, Corn in My Coffee Pot… (where it’s a well-known fact that my favorite color of paint is Ooops!)  especially if you’d like to see how I repurpose, Using What I Have…

Including my bathroom re-do for under $50

antique white bathroom-oval coke[3]

My favorite of All  Faux Wood Floor

faux wood floor 2pm
…And more recently Fake Art
Fake Art 3pm




Thank you Patricia for sharing this great tutorial with us!  You’re braver than I am.  Love the new look of your chair.  Y’all hop over to check out Patricia’s blog, you’ll definitely have a brighter day!


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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Very nice redo!

  2. What a great makeover! I have an office chair that could use a makeover!

  3. You go girl!! For a procrastinator you sure get a lot done!!

  4. Corn, ‘ya sewed and you did good.


  5. Thank you for the sweet comments!
    and thank you Gail! for letting me have your blog for the day!


  6. I don’t know that I would have taken on that chair, but you sure gave it “what for” and turned it around. Great job!

  7. cute material on the finished project! looks really nice now.

  8. How fun to guest post! Great makeover!

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