25 Ways To Reinvent An Old Chair


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Dining chairs, office chairs, arm chairs — chairs are the most basic, useful piece of furniture. But you don’t have to settle for basic when it comes to your seating. We’ve rounded up plenty of ideas to bring your old, tired chairs back to life. Check out these 25 ways to update a chair and get inspired to tackle your own seat.

Wrap Your Chair in Paper

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Photo: Skimbacolifestyle.com

Grab some ModPodge or other art glue and paper to cover your chair. Reinvent your chair with:

  • colorful vintage maps
  • comic books
  • origami paper
  • wrapping paper
  • stationary
  • book pages
  • magazine cutouts
  • children’s book illustrations
  • botanical book illustrations
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Photo: maisonboheme.blogspot.com

Grab a Brush and some Paint

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Photo: Thisisknockout.wordpress.com

Wield a can of spray paint or use extra paint leftover from a craft project and go to town on your favorite seat. We found a great DIY on priming and painting.

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Photo: Sweetpaulmag.com

Instead of committing to the whole chair, mark off the legs with painter’s tape and just spray paint the bottom.

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Photo: Thesalvagecollection.blogspot.com

If you’re looking for something more eye-catching, then paint an old school chair with a sleek line design.

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Photo: Designsponge.com

You could also fade one hue into another with an ombre chair DIY.

Bring on the Hardware

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Photo: Marthastewart.com

Use studs to jazz up a new seat.

Add door knockers or handles to the back of chairs for a handy, cool statement. Houzz list some budget-friendly options.

Dress Your Seat in Fabric

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Photo: Sewcountrychick.com

Piece together scraps of fabric and sew a design onto the back of a cushioned chair. For a sewing-free option, use strong textile glue to wrap a chair in your favorite patterns.

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Photo: Littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com

Cover an ugly chair in a white slipcover then use fabric markers to draw Dalmatian spots.

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Photo: Mypoppet.com.au

Update an old cane chair with a few colors of yarn and create a cross-stitch pattern.

Tie on Leather to Your Throne

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Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

Build a new seat from old belts with this DIY belted chair from Apartment Therapy.

Think Outside the Seat

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Photo: Poetichome.com

Made from an old dining chair, this swing is an almost too-perfect spot for reading. Here’s how to make your own.

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Photo: Curbly.com

Group three chairs of the same height to make a bench.

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Photo: Thediyvillage.com

Chop off the legs of your chair and create a feeding station for your pets.

Photo: inewidea.com

Photo: Inewidea.com

Your favorite seat doesn’t have to remain stagnant. Convert a regular chair into a rocking chair.

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Photo: Allthingsthrifty.com

Make a classy picture frame with the backing of a beat-up chair.

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  • Xiaolei Duan

    That is great!I love this blog!I like chiavari chair best.

  • Mostafizur Rahman

    Virginia E. Vang : This is very good article on old chair. These chairs are very aristocrat. I like it very much. Thanks for write this type of article on old & stylist chairs.

  • Jackson

    Really amazing designs of chairs you shared. Chairs are very important for comfort and if you intiating any temporary office or even for any occassion you can prefer Chair hire as it will be best option.

  • Andy


    I must say Lotz you have Lots of ideas to spin anybody’s head. Toooooooo good!! Best back chair possible. Keep sharing.

  • Mark Jones

    You are a creative genius!!! A perfect example of “Everything out of Nothing”. My personal favourite is feeding chair for dogs.
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  • Li Williams

    CJ, you are full of creative ideas! I can dwell here. The best one can do with old chairs is all here. Thanks a lot for coming out and sharing these beautiful ideas with us.
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  • BreatheEatLive.com

    These are all awesome. I love the “ombre” chair and the comic book one!

  • CJ Lotz

    Seems like that could be a lot of work!

  • Daniel ZamoraF

    I’ve got some rockers on the barckyard i want to fix any ideas? they are tore on the part where the butt goes

  • friv 2 friv 3 friv 4

    so cute. I think I will save a lot of money without having to buy a new chair. great, thank unique creations

  • Vimal Chauhan

    beautiful idea i like this way
    office chairs

  • CJ Lotz

    You can do so much with a basic chair!

  • Roberts Tracy

    Love those amazing colored dining chairs that have been pictured in the blog, love the elegant style & design and fascinating colors best in the range of wood dining chairs.

  • so cute. I think I will save a lot of money without having to buy a new chair. great, thank unique creations

  • Joanie

    I’m totally going to recreate the comic book chair and give it to my boyfriend. He’ll be in love.

  • Julie Lattner

    We literally were about to donate a great set of old chairs that we just couldn’t find the use for– perhaps repurposing is just what we needed!

  • The picture frame from the backing of a chair is seriously brilliant.
    The possibilities are endless. Props to whoever thought of that!

  • CJ Lotz

    We dig that idea too. Why didn’t we think of it? It’s worth trying out, for sure!

  • CJ Lotz

    No problem! Hope it turns out great. And a father in law with woodworking skills has to be a plus for a ton of projects! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  • CJ Lotz

    Let us know how it goes!

  • Thomas

    The picture frame from the backing of a chair is seriously brilliant. The possibilities are endless. Props to whoever thought of that!

  • Rachel Morrell

    This just saved my wallet some serious hardship!!! We’ve been looking for a wooden swing for our patio that’s within our budget…Luckily for me, we have an old dining room set thats not in use and a father in law with amazing woodworking skills, so VOILA!! Thanks for the inspiration guys!!

  • LisaB

    LOVE the ombre chair!! That will be my next DIY…

  • CJ Lotz

    Absolutely! Let us know how it goes!

  • I’m sold on the maps/comics idea for chairs. I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can bring some chadventure to my personal space. The maps could showcase places I’ve been in the world, and the comics would give a sense of whimsy.