Office chair makeover

Office chair makeover fabric

Last week I showed you a more than ordinary office chair. You know the kind basic, black and boring. But I wanted a comfortable office chair that I could adjust in height and that could easily swirl between my desks. So when I found one for next to nothing I took it home with me.
Vorige week liet ik jullie zo’n saaie kantoorstoel zien die ik in de kringloop gekocht had. Nou hij ziet er inmiddels al een heel stuk minder saai uit. Maar eerst nog even de ‘before’ foto.

One more look to remind you just how ugly it was.

Office chair before

Tada! This is how it looks now.

office chair makeover back

So much better don’t you agree. And it wasn’t difficult. All you need is lots of spray-paint, some nice fabric, a staple gun and a strappy guy with determination. (ok in this picture something has happened to the legs, they really are all white, the shadow- and light thing does something funky to them).
Een hele verbetering toch. Ook al ziet het wit er in deze foto een beetje raar uit, maar dat komt door de lichtinval. De poten en rug zijn echt egaal wit.

The hard part was separating the cushions from the bottom and back part. Those cushions were snapped in place so there were no screws to unscrew. It took some blunt force and a few harsh words from my love to get them loose. I did encourage him with words as “I know it can be done, I saw it on the web, but is is okay honey if you can’t do it, I’ll figure something out”, that got me a mean look and him some extra willpower. But it worked (and he still loves me 😉 .
Het moeilijkste was om de kussens los te krijgen. Maar na wat aanmoedigende woorden van mij is dat mijn lief met brute kracht toch gelukt.

Office chair makeover frontview

After that it was a breeze. Prime with a stick-to-anything primer. Empty two cans of white spray paint on it. Staple the fabric around the cushions. Reassemble.
Daarna was het een eitje. Heel veel spuitverf, en de zittingen bekleden door het stof met een nietpistool vast te maken en dan weer in elkaar zetten.

Office chair makeover sideview

Really it was so easy that when I find a second one for that price, I am going to do it another time. (I will probably have to touch up the spray paint one day, because I always sit with me shoes on the legs, but that will be easy enough, I’ll let you know how long the spray paint holds up).
Het was zo makkelijk dat ik op zoek ben naar een tweede stoel voor een koopje. Hoe de verf zich houdt met mijn trappelende voeten laat ik jullie nog wel weten, maar even bijspuiten is zo gebeurd.

Ok and as a bonus I am going to show you my mirror makeover. I thought a white distressed look would look good on it, and I think I was right.
Als toegift nog de nieuwe ‘oude’ look van de kuifspiegel die ik ook laatst bij de kringloop gescoord had. Ik vind hem leuk zo.

Makeover mirror collage

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  1. Olive Rue says

    Well I don't know about a million, but I will take the compliment. Thank you. Oh…I met to tell you I love that mirror transformation you did too. That's gorgeous.

  2. Olive Rue says

    Well I don't know about a million, but I will take the compliment. Thank you. Oh…I met to tell you I love that mirror transformation you did too. That's gorgeous.

  3. Wendy says

    Those are great transformations! I wish I could do that with our chair, but it's 3 pieces and the back is so shaped, I dont think it would work.

    Love the mirror!

  4. Wendy says

    Those are great transformations! I wish I could do that with our chair, but it's 3 pieces and the back is so shaped, I dont think it would work.

    Love the mirror!

  5. Sharlotte says

    Ok, you are such an inspiration! I have always wanted to change these "ugly" chairs but never thought it possible. Boy, was I wrong! Just snap the cushions out, and paint. I'm going to try it!

    And, I really like your mirror transformation. The white is so much prettier!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Sharlotte says

    Ok, you are such an inspiration! I have always wanted to change these "ugly" chairs but never thought it possible. Boy, was I wrong! Just snap the cushions out, and paint. I'm going to try it!

    And, I really like your mirror transformation. The white is so much prettier!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. southerninspiration says

    Oh, my word, those are fabulous transformations!!!!! I have a chair I'd love to do like that…and the mirror is precious!

    Suzanne

  8. southerninspiration says

    Oh, my word, those are fabulous transformations!!!!! I have a chair I'd love to do like that…and the mirror is precious!

    Suzanne

  9. Nori says

    Thanks for posting your office chair makeover! You did a beautiful job. I was just given two similar chairs for free. I didn't think I could do anything to them, but now I'm going to try! 😉

  10. Nori says

    Thanks for posting your office chair makeover! You did a beautiful job. I was just given two similar chairs for free. I didn't think I could do anything to them, but now I'm going to try! 😉

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Wow!!! I wish I'd seen this a few months ago. I gave away our office chair…I could have prettified it like yours. :) Great job!! Visiting from Rhoda's party. :)

  12. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Wow!!! I wish I'd seen this a few months ago. I gave away our office chair…I could have prettified it like yours. :) Great job!! Visiting from Rhoda's party. :)

  13. MiriamR says

    I have a chair just like this and now I want to try, the fabric they have is always so ugly and you made me see I can (hopefully) revamp mine to be beautiful! I love the mirror too, great transformation.

  14. MiriamR says

    I have a chair just like this and now I want to try, the fabric they have is always so ugly and you made me see I can (hopefully) revamp mine to be beautiful! I love the mirror too, great transformation.

  15. Sue says

    You did nice work on your transformations! Who would've thought anyone could save such a boring chair? And the mirror is so shabby chic cute!
    :-) Sue

  16. Sue says

    You did nice work on your transformations! Who would've thought anyone could save such a boring chair? And the mirror is so shabby chic cute!
    :-) Sue

  17. the cottage child says

    Everything is terrific, I'm partial to your chair. I slipcovered my office chair, but it looks a little shabby, even for me. I might have to get brave and try your idea.

  18. the cottage child says

    Everything is terrific, I'm partial to your chair. I slipcovered my office chair, but it looks a little shabby, even for me. I might have to get brave and try your idea.

  19. Lavender hearts says

    You've done it again! You've turned something ordinary into something extraordinary! You could set up a shop selling those, there's a real gap in the market for attractive office chairs. They make them look so hideous!

  20. Lavender hearts says

    You've done it again! You've turned something ordinary into something extraordinary! You could set up a shop selling those, there's a real gap in the market for attractive office chairs. They make them look so hideous!

  21. Cindy says

    Nice chair make over!! It looks like a ladies chair now. Beautiful mirror make over, too. I love those curvy mirrors, I have been looking for one for a while now. Hugs, Cindy S.

  22. Cindy says

    Nice chair make over!! It looks like a ladies chair now. Beautiful mirror make over, too. I love those curvy mirrors, I have been looking for one for a while now. Hugs, Cindy S.

  23. linnea-maria says

    Amazing what you can do with a not so interesting chair. It is perfect for your workspace. Regarding your question, yes I use my silkstockings, but it isnt very often. I have so many I can use and so many I can save in its original envelope. Most of them I bought for more than 10 years ago. It was much more easier to find them then. And the quality is fab. You wont wear them out in the first use. Hugs / linnea-maria

  24. linnea-maria says

    Amazing what you can do with a not so interesting chair. It is perfect for your workspace. Regarding your question, yes I use my silkstockings, but it isnt very often. I have so many I can use and so many I can save in its original envelope. Most of them I bought for more than 10 years ago. It was much more easier to find them then. And the quality is fab. You wont wear them out in the first use. Hugs / linnea-maria

  25. Prulletje says

    oh wat goed zeg, de stoel ziet er echt gelikt uit ! Ik heb 2 van zulke stoelen in gebruik, heb ze van mijn werk mee gekregen..ik zal eens kijken of er méér over zijn..

    Liefs, Elise

  26. Prulletje says

    oh wat goed zeg, de stoel ziet er echt gelikt uit ! Ik heb 2 van zulke stoelen in gebruik, heb ze van mijn werk mee gekregen..ik zal eens kijken of er méér over zijn..

    Liefs, Elise

  27. jeanette says

    oohh..super mooi geworden, van een saaie burostoel naar een super vrouwelijk exemplaar! mooie stof dat fijne streepje…en super netjes gemaakt hoor. m`n complimenten!

    groetjes,
    jeanette

  28. jeanette says

    oohh..super mooi geworden, van een saaie burostoel naar een super vrouwelijk exemplaar! mooie stof dat fijne streepje…en super netjes gemaakt hoor. m`n complimenten!

    groetjes,
    jeanette

  29. LiLi M. says

    Weer heeel hard gewerkt en wat een resultaat! Mocht de verf niet houden op kunststof dan zou je ook eens naar oudere bureaustoelen kunnen kijken. Toen ik in 1986 in mijn Memphis periode zat pimpte ik ook 2 bureaustoelen op, ik bekleedde ze met ….Ikea stof hahaha! Maar verven hoefde verder niet, want de rug werd ook bekleed en het metaal was mooi gemoffeld zo'n nikkelkleur, maar misschien zitten deze wel beter! Ik zal eens voor de lol foto's van mijn kamer van toen scannen.
    O ja, het adres van Arie en alles wat je over hem wilt weten kun je gewoon vinden in de link die in het bewuste blogpostje staat. Dat doe ik eigenlijk altijd. Groetjes.

  30. LiLi M. says

    Weer heeel hard gewerkt en wat een resultaat! Mocht de verf niet houden op kunststof dan zou je ook eens naar oudere bureaustoelen kunnen kijken. Toen ik in 1986 in mijn Memphis periode zat pimpte ik ook 2 bureaustoelen op, ik bekleedde ze met ….Ikea stof hahaha! Maar verven hoefde verder niet, want de rug werd ook bekleed en het metaal was mooi gemoffeld zo'n nikkelkleur, maar misschien zitten deze wel beter! Ik zal eens voor de lol foto's van mijn kamer van toen scannen.
    O ja, het adres van Arie en alles wat je over hem wilt weten kun je gewoon vinden in de link die in het bewuste blogpostje staat. Dat doe ik eigenlijk altijd. Groetjes.

  31. susan says

    So you are creative AND you speak two languages :)! Those chairs are usually so UGLY and you have made this one very stylish and comfortable looking!

  32. susan says

    So you are creative AND you speak two languages :)! Those chairs are usually so UGLY and you have made this one very stylish and comfortable looking!

  33. Jan says

    Fabulous job!! I have been wanting to the exact thing to my chair, but thought it must be really difficult to do. I am so glad came across your post!

    Blessings,
    Jan

  34. Jan says

    Fabulous job!! I have been wanting to the exact thing to my chair, but thought it must be really difficult to do. I am so glad came across your post!

    Blessings,
    Jan

  35. darnold23 says

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  36. darnold23 says

    I hope you will join me for Crock Pot Wednesdays at Diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. My "blue" this week for Smiling Sally's Blue Monday is part of a tribute to Julia Child. Hope to see you signed up with Mister Linky at Dining With Debbie.

  37. Katja - Bag End says

    Hey you! :-) Well that definitely looks better than an ordinary boring office chair! Loads of work required, but well done :-) And yes, the mirror looks better with a coat of white paint. I've been also playing with spray paint lately, but nothing to show yet and forgot to take "before" pictures anyway… doh.

    Groetjes, Katja

  38. Katja - Bag End says

    Hey you! :-) Well that definitely looks better than an ordinary boring office chair! Loads of work required, but well done :-) And yes, the mirror looks better with a coat of white paint. I've been also playing with spray paint lately, but nothing to show yet and forgot to take "before" pictures anyway… doh.

    Groetjes, Katja

  39. julie says

    love it! great job! i need to go get me one of those ugly chairs! that are not hard to come by! and the mirror! beautiful! i am about to do the same thing! thanks!

  40. julie says

    love it! great job! i need to go get me one of those ugly chairs! that are not hard to come by! and the mirror! beautiful! i am about to do the same thing! thanks!

  41. THEA says

    Die is mooi geworden !Echt mooi.

    En de spiegel vind ik zo mogelijk nog mooier !!
    Wat je toch leuke dingen kunt maken van ouwe spullen, niet?
    Jammer dat de kringloopwinkel hier opgeheven is. Er werd niet veel meer verkocht zeiden ze. Het is juist helemaal in….om oude spullen te kopen in de krinloop en op te knappen!!

  42. THEA says

    Die is mooi geworden !Echt mooi.

    En de spiegel vind ik zo mogelijk nog mooier !!
    Wat je toch leuke dingen kunt maken van ouwe spullen, niet?
    Jammer dat de kringloopwinkel hier opgeheven is. Er werd niet veel meer verkocht zeiden ze. Het is juist helemaal in….om oude spullen te kopen in de krinloop en op te knappen!!

  43. Claudia@DipityRoad says

    The chair was great …but wow…i am lovin the mirror transformation.

    GREAT job.

    I dont know if I have ever had the pleasure of you stopping by my blog… I would love you to stop by anytime.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  44. Claudia@DipityRoad says

    The chair was great …but wow…i am lovin the mirror transformation.

    GREAT job.

    I dont know if I have ever had the pleasure of you stopping by my blog… I would love you to stop by anytime.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  45. The Crazy Suburban Mom says

    I love that chair! Ive never even thought you could do that to a 'regular' office chair…but wow, I wonder now!

    Thanks for that inspiration

  46. The Crazy Suburban Mom says

    I love that chair! Ive never even thought you could do that to a 'regular' office chair…but wow, I wonder now!

    Thanks for that inspiration

  47. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says

    What a GREAT idea!! I'm about to redo the cheapo desk in our bedroom, all in white. And I have a huge black leather office chair that I was wondering what in the heck I could do to make it fit into my brown & white room. Well, now I know I'll paint it white!! We'll see how well the spray paint holds up to tushies b/c ours is all leather, no fabric!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  48. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says

    What a GREAT idea!! I'm about to redo the cheapo desk in our bedroom, all in white. And I have a huge black leather office chair that I was wondering what in the heck I could do to make it fit into my brown & white room. Well, now I know I'll paint it white!! We'll see how well the spray paint holds up to tushies b/c ours is all leather, no fabric!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  49. Laryssa Herbert says

    Beautiful job! I'm going to have to remake my office chair now too. It's okay…I was wondering how to do it anyway. :-)

  50. Laryssa Herbert says

    Beautiful job! I'm going to have to remake my office chair now too. It's okay…I was wondering how to do it anyway. :-)