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Goodbye Boring Computer Chair!

Updating a computer chair is one of the easiest furniture make over to do. All you need are the following:

– A yard of cool fabric (or bigger if your chair is bigger, of course)

*I guess any fabric would do. It shouldn’t necessarily be an upholstering one. I used cotton fabric here, the one I got from Market!Market!

– Spray paint of choice (make sure it can be applied on plastic directly  because other spray paint requires primer first)

– Screw driver (for disassembling the chair and taking out the staples)

– Staple gun

That’s it! No sewing required.

This isn’t exactly step by step but I guess you can easily figure this out yourself. First, disassemble the chair. The black rubber thing around the seat and back rest needs to be removed too.I don’t have a picture but it can be opened and you’ll see that it is just attached with a hundred staples. Just be patient with it.

Next, spray paint the “skeleton”. No need to remove the wheels unless you’re that OC. *Heehee*. You may want to do this step first so when you’re done upholstering the seats, the paint has dried and ready for re-assembling.

Then, there’s a black fabric covering the back of the back rest. You can remove that if you want to put it back. Otherwise, don’t bother. You can always cover it with another fabric just like what I did. (I covered it with the same fabric because I don’t have a plain colored one that would match my printed fabric. It turned out well, right?) Cut the fabric by following the shape of the seat and staple away! It’s as easy as covering a book. The edges can get tricky though.

For the seat, I didn’t bother covering it anymore since the chair is low enough for anyone to see it anyway. (I checked, by the way, just in case someone fall on his face and accidentally caught a glimpse of the underside.)

If you could see the last picture, that’s the back of the seats. The staples can still be seen but I don’t want to put back the ugly rubber thingies. The seat is fine though, but the back rest looks unfinished. I would have to find a way to cover it. Will post when I have the answer. 🙂

Here’s the computer chair again, looking like a fashionista!


9 Comments on Goodbye Boring Computer Chair!

  1. avatar
    April 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm (4 years ago)

    love this!

  2. avatar
    August 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

    what type of spray paint should I use for plastics? I also want to repaint our monoblock chairs

    • avatar
      August 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Samantha, I used regular acrylic spray paint for the chair but since I was new to DIY that time, I didn’t know that you have to sand the surface first (even if it’s plastic), apply primer (you can use flat white spray paint) then finally use the final spray paint color of your choice. If you want to skip sanding, you can buy Rust-oleum spray paint for plastic. I bought one before in Wilcon Depot.

  3. avatar
    October 9, 2013 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    hi michelle, thanks for all the tips and advise and fun projects here! im a beginner in the design department bec im really a traveler+imagemaker but I really appreciate the fine ideas u have…Maraming salamat! I also have an obsession with Turquoise! I plan to do a mirror in turquoise paint for the wood frame…Til next time! =) Carry on!

  4. avatar
    October 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. So helpful.

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