Makeover a Thrift Store Chair

Hi Guys!

I originally shared this project with Designer Trapped in a Lawyers boy a few months ago.  I almost forgot to share it with you guys. This was a fairly simple project that took about a day to create. If you love patterns and dipped chairs then you are guaranteed to like this.

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

Makeover a Thrift Store Chair

I stumbled upon  this little retro office chair at a thrift store for a whopping $6.00. Too good to pass up.  I imagined a mad man type character sitting in front of a type writer in this little office chair. Let’s give this chair a new life, shall we.

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The frame is constructed out of wood  with vinyl covering the seat and the back rest.  I have recently shyed away from upholstered thrift store chairs, because of the dust and allergens.  So, this was a perfect chair for me to tackle.  I am a lover of spray-paint and will not hesitate to spray-paint anything.  My goal for this project was to add a little pattern and a fresh look to my little chair.

Materials Used

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • White Spray Paint
  • Blue Spray Paint
  • Imagination

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My first step was to paint the vinyl seat, back and legs periwinkle blue with Krylon Fusion for plastic spray- paint.  I allowed the paint to completely dry. Then, with a ruler, painter’s tape and a pencil I measured and marked every 2 inches of the seat.  I applied painter’s tape in stripes where I previously marked with a pencil.

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So, here is my favorite part. I laid out a simple chevron like design with masking tape on the chair seat.  Basically a lot of “V” shapes.  I started in the middle of the seat and worked my way out.  Initially, I planned to repeat the same pattern on the back rest of the chair, but decided that it would be to busy looking.  I am in love with this pattern.  I have used it on everything from furniture, fabric to shoes.  It’s clean, interesting and pretty all at the same time.

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Once the seat was complete, I used painter’s tape to cover the last 5 inches of each chair leg.  My goal was to have the last 5 inches remain blue to give the dipped look.  With white gloss Krylon Fusion spray-paint I coated the entire chair several times.

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After the white paint was completely dry, I removed the tape… always the most exciting part. Ta-da!  I am so loving at the final product.  I think that this chair has become new office desk chair.

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I hope you enjoyed my Thrift Store Chair Makeover. For other craft projects and clever ideas please check my out at Until then, I think I will be sitting pretty in my new ( thrifty) and cute desk chair.

Thanks, Carmody

Paper & FoxThis chair is holding up well and looks the same as it did  a few months ago. The spray-paint on the plastic has held up to numerous hours of sitting and shifting.chairPaper & Fox Thrift Store Chair

Here is where my chair is usually located… underneath my mess desk. Don’t judge… I bet you have a messy desk too.

I hope you enjoyed my Thrift Store Makeover.

Thanks for visiting, Carmody

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18 Responses to Makeover a Thrift Store Chair

  1. Stephanie @ The Styled Soul June 6, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    So cute! Love that you turned something so plain into something so pretty.

  2. Amy Kennedy June 6, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Oh My Gosh….This is too cute. I just love the thrift store. “One ladies trash is another ladies treasure” Great Job!!!

  3. Val @ Home Made Modern June 7, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Love it! I’m in need of a new desk chair for my office. You’ve shown me the possibilities of a makeover!

  4. Patti June 7, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    What a difference a bit of paint makes!

    • carmody June 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      I love some paint! Thanks for stopping by Patti.

  5. Colleen Pastoor June 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m glad you almost forgot to post this because I wouldn’t have believed the spray paint on the seat would hold up! Now, I’m loving the possibilities!

    • carmody June 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      The painted chair had held up really well.

  6. Emily June 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    this turned out amazing. I love the little detail of the chair legs with blue on the bottom. Amazing job!

    • carmody June 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Thanks so much Emily!

  7. Julie June 8, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    This opens up a whole world of possibilities in terms of beautifying old tat! It is really good to see it a while later, just to see how the paint lasts. Thanks

  8. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} June 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Wow! This is awesome! Love it! :D

    • carmody June 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you Heather!!!

  9. Kathy June 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    I love the way it turned out and the blue and white! Featuring it on That’s Fresh Friday tonight!

    • carmody June 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks Kathy!!!


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