Before & After: A $20 IKEA Chair Gets a Terrific Two-Day Makeover

published Nov 8, 2014
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(Image credit: Lisa Barrett)

What to do when one of your old vintage finds or IKEA chairs is looking sad and worn? Well you could reupholster it, of course! Lisa gave not just a new look to her old IKEA chair, but a custom one.

(Image credit: Lisa Barrett)

From Lisa:

As an unstoppable chair rescuer, and self taught upholstery DIYer, I love to sink my teeth into new challenges as they come along.

This dilapidated IKEA (Lunna) swivel chair, grabbed on Gumtree (Australia’s Craigslist!) for $20, had obviously been well loved and while still very comfortable, the red corduroy covers had become dated, loose, faded and stained.

I wanted to give this chair a bit of a fun and unique makeover by re-making the covers in my own (Spoonflower) print fabric.

It took 2.5 yards of the fabric, and two days to disassemble the original covers, using it to create the new ones and sewing and fitting the new covers on the chair. Scotchguard, importantly, was applied to the finished piece for easy cleaning.

I love that with a little vision, a tired looking piece can become new again. Thankfully it all worked out really well, and it is now a well loved favorite chair in the living room, with a whole new lease on life!

Thank you Lisa! See more on her blog.