UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: DIY: How to recover a rolling desk chair

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY: How to recover a rolling desk chair

Sshh, I have a confession to make. 

It's not really a secret, just being silly. Ok, here is the deal-o. I heard about this site called, where they will pay you to write articles. Since I am in desperate need to quite the rat race, I'll pretty much do anything (except stand on the corner in a mini-skirt) to find ways to help support my family so that I can quit my job. I'd even settle for barely working, lol.

So, I check out the site, apply, and they finally said yes, we'd love to hire you, here's your category. They gave me 3 choices. So, naturally one of them was DIY. I thought that's right up my alley, heeeyy Crafty Allie, Ok, not so funny?

Anyway, they say my category is DIY in the Home and Living section. I am like what??? I am all about DIY, but DIY for home and living, that sounds like it will costs more to make than I'll get paid to write the article.

I am resourceful though! I put on my thinking cap and thought of a few things that I could do that wouldn't cost me a thing. Things for the home, that I wanted to re-do at some point anyway.

So, I decided to re-do my son's chair. But the site was not user friendly, it kept losing my pictures, and then wouldn't load them right, so half of my pictures were being cut off. Then as I am writing the article, they send me an email thanking me for starting the article, and since I am doing a how-to article, oh By the Way we're only going to pay you $2 an article. I was like oh nooo. I had some choice words, but I'll keep them to myself. I instead said, nope, not worth it, goodbye,laptop off, good night.

So now you guys get to see my DIY project. The best part is, I get to write in 1st person, not 3rd like a robot!

Without further ado...

I picked up this chair  from someone's trash. It screamed "SAVE ME FROM THE TRASH MEN!"

Oh trust me it was in a lot worse shape. I added the monkey tape (Gorilla Tape) to cover up the worn parts, but in the end it is worse off then when I got it, because this has been in my son's room. Boys will be boys!

I found this fabric on the $1 clearance rack at Walmart. It is a thick nylon/polyester material.

My son's room is in Army/Camouflage. For $1 a yard, I knew I just had to get it.

I began by taking apart the whole entire chair. I had to use a ratchet on this on because the screws looked like bolts. My husband helped with a few, but most of them I did all by lonesome.

I then took the bottom cushion and laid it onto the fabric and cut around leaving more than enough room to staple it onto the front and on the sides of the backside.

Then with a staple gun, I started stapling the sides to the back of the cushion.

Then I carefully did the corners, which is very tricky. But if it doesn't look right, take out the staple and do it again.

I then repeated it on the backrest cushion. I started stapling at the bottom of the cushion and left more than enough fabric to fold over onto the back of the cushion all the way back down to the bottom again. I didn't want to sew it so I carefully stapled it as close to the sides as possible so it would fall into the crevice and you would barely be able to see the staples. It's not perfect, but I think I will be the only one to really notice the flaw.

I even recovered the arm cushions, remember how hideous they looked?

After I stapled all the fabric on, I used an X-Acto knife to carefully cut out holes around all of the screw parts.

Then put it all back together and whaa-la. Its nicely recovered. My son absolutely loves it.
It feels so comfie now to sit in it. 

Hope this tutorial helped. Pretty please Pin if it did :)

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...


  1. Now that is gettin' creative, love it! I bet your son loves it too! Thanks for sharing

  2. That is quite a project...but WOW you did an amazing job!

    1. You know it didn't take as long as you'd think. My son was anxious I get it done quick, so that maybe be why it went quick, lol.

  3. The chair looks GREAT! I clicked on your link when I looked down at the chair I am sitting in RIGHT NOW.....torn arm etc...Pretty sure I could take it apart...cover the pieces...but then knowing me....I would never be able to get it back together again....LOL Also LOVED that you shared your experience with the "pay for articles" scam....

    stopping by to visit from Fluster’s Creative Muster Wednesday Linky Party
    Carolyn @
    I hope you will stop by for a visit!

    1. You know, I was worried I wouldn't be able to put it back together, but It wasn't that hard. I did however, group the screws together from the parts I took it off of. Maybe if you label the screws it will make it easier? You should so do it. I was cleaning up my craft room earlier and noticing my big leather chair out there needs a face lift now :( On the look out for some cute material :)

  4. wow that's a lot of work!! you sure transformed it though, looks waaaay better than when you first got it.
    Thanks for sharing,

  5. Great chair! I thought about showing it to my husband (in the army) but I don't have time to add recovering his desk chair to my list... especially since his looks fine. But I'll keep it in mind for when that time comes! So any further thoughts about the Examiner? Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  6. Super recycled project. What wonderful inspiration. Makes me want to go buy an old beat up chair and redo it . Thanks for joining the linky party

    1. Well Diana if you did decide to do this... I say go to your county's Discount Goodwill Center. Its not your're ordinary Goodwill. This is where the stuff that hasn't sold or overflow goes. There they sell clothes and items by the pound, and their furniture is super cheap! I got a beautiful vintage chair there for only $2.

  7. Your recyled project turned out great! Hope your having a great weekend! Theresa @DearCreatives

  8. You've inspired me Allie. The armrests on a similar chair in our home need to be recovered so this is just what I need. Thanks for linking up this week at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party. Hope to see you again soon!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  9. Wow! You are very creative! What a way you transformed the chair! Looks great!

  10. Great update! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIYers!

  11. I love the camo! You saved the chair from the trash man! Great job! :-)

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  12. You are so resourceful! Best of luck quitting the rat race. Thanks for sharing this with us at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  13. Wow, that chair turned out great - nice job!!

  14. Great job, looks like a totally new chair. Super tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. Great makeover! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  16. Very well done! Those office chairs cost SO much so you saved a lot of money and have a great looking chair; way to go!! Thanks so much for linking up to the I <3 My Blog {Hop} last week. :)

    <3 Jamie

  17. Great tutorial - we have a battered old desk chair that I hate. You've inspired me to cover it.

    Do come and share this at the chair makeover link up at this week's Empty Your Archive.

    Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  18. I experience like I have been there myself. I really like this weblog - keep up the excellent work!

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  19. You did a terrific job!
    I'm kind of jealous as I'm quite clumsy when it comes to these things

    1. Thanks Winnie! Ya know if you have the desire, you just have to start out slow, redo free or very cheap things first. Once you get your confidence up, you can tackle anything. And trust me I make a lot of mistakes, I just keep trying ;)

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  22. Just pure brilliance from you here. I have never expected something less than this from you and you have not disappointed me at all. I suppose you will keep the quality work going on.

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