You’ll find at least a dozen old, neglected chairs at any thrift store or flea market. They might be ugly or dated, but you’d be surprised how much potential there is, especially if you’re interested in DIY and custom décor.
Since there’s no shortage of second-hand chairs on the market, there’s no shortage of creative ways people have transformed them into beautiful, unique, and even luxury pieces. The biggest advantage of updating old furniture is that it allows you to get a custom chair at a price you can actually afford.
Read on for more than 25 things you can do to turn a boring or even a broken chair into exactly what your home needs.
If you’re interested in painting, try:
Metallic spray paint, especially gold or copper, to dress up an old metal chair
Chalk paint in any color, on wooden or fabric chairs, to match your décor
Paint-dipping the legs or back for a clean, two-tone look
Custom hand-painted additions like flowers, polka dots, or stars
Hand-lettered or stenciled names, quotes, poems, dictionary entries, or even text in a foreign language
For re-upholstering, consider:
Fabrics with mix-and-match patterns, like florals and stripes
A trimmed, wrapped cardigan with oversized buttons
Botanical and wildlife prints, with anything from exotic mammals like tigers and zebras to local birds like robins and doves
Ultra-soft textures like velvet and fur
Patchwork or quilting—you could even recycle an old quilt or pillow for it
Or remove an upholstered seat, and replace it with:
Turn it intoa swing by securing ropes or cords, then hang it from a ceiling, your porch, or your favorite tree
Mount it on the wall and use it as a decorative shelf
Of course, with all these unique and customizable ideas out there, don’t forget to use your own creativity, too. From luxury to country to modern, you can find a way to create something that’s just your style. For even more ideas, you can browse Pinterest, Google, or any TV shows that specialize in revamping old furniture.