Souped Up Desk Chair On the Cheap Vol. III

And today is the third installment in my three-part series on transforming inexpensive chairs around my home!  So far, I've shown you the kitchen desk chair and Little's desk chair, which cost about $75 total (for both!).  Last but not least is Big's desk chair.  I ended up finding his chair for $20 at IKEA (the Stefan chair).  Here it is before in a brown-black finish:

I had a ton (and by "ton" I mean 3/4 of a gallon) of navy blue paint left over from Big's dresser and desk project, so I was happy to use a little of it on the chair.  It was really simple: I just primed the chair and then painted it with three coats of the navy blue.  

I decided to upholster the seat to break up all the blue, since his chair and desk were that same navy blue.  I found this navy and white striped fabric at for about $7/yard.  I wanted to customize the chair (and Little's too), so I just used some foam and batting leftover from my ottoman project from over the summer and covered the seat with the foam-batting-fabric.

First, I placed my seats on the foam and traced them with a Sharpie.  I labeled them just to be extra careful.

I cut the foam and then used some spray adhesive to attach the foam to the seats.  Once the glue dried, I placed the seats foam side down on some batting and cut that so there was enough to wrap around the seat bottom.  Finally, I put the seat on the fabric and cut that to size.  I stapled it all under the seat bottom and ... voila!

Here is the chair now:

What do you think of the look?  So that's three chairs transformed for hardly any coin.  The total cost was about $100 for the three ($75 for two at Pottery Barn, $20 for the one at IKEA, $7 for fabric and the remaining supplies and paint and fabric I had on hand)!  Not bad at all.

Have a great weekend! Good luck baking, shopping, and merry-making :)

See you swoon,


  1. i love this! i have the exact same chairs, i never thought of upholstering them!

  2. You are on a roll!!! I love this chair too and I think the fabric makes it!!! Love this too!!

  3. Thanks! He loves it too.

    Nicole - it was sooo easy to upholster the seat. The trickiest part was getting the fabric around those notches in the back. The seat is much more comfy now with a cushy seat!

  4. I LOVE THIS! This makes me want to do this so badly

  5. Looks fabulous Shanna! Great work :)

    Abbey x

  6. I cant get over how cute that chair came out!! love the fabric.

    thanks for your comment on Cote de Texas.


  7. Looks great - love the navy and white stripes!