First, I taped off the fabric and spray painted the arms and body. Next I used double-sided fabric tape to hold the new fabric — bought at Ikea on clearance — in place over the existing fabric; the tape also helps the fabric cling to the contours of the cushions. Then I used a tiny flat-head screwdriver to push the fabric into the space between the cushion and the plastic frame. The last step was time-consuming, but easy enough to do while watching TV.
Will it last indefinitely? I doubt it. But it will definitely hold me over for a few months until I can afford to have the chair professionally reupholstered. Now that I'm certain it cleans up so nicely, I won't fret about investing the money someday.
Images: AnnaMaria Stephens