Looking for the perfect chair makeover?

Looking for the perfect chair makeover?

Are you sitting in your office right now?  Is your chair sporting an oatmeal colored fabric so inoffensive it’s offensive?  Then I’ve got the perfect makeover for YOU!  Check out this stunner from Griffin at  Design Itch.  And why not try it out for yourself, your cubicle-mates will be overcome with jealousy and wonder!




Have a sentimental antique you can’t bear to part with, nor look at?  Then I’ve got the perfect makeover for YOU too!  Kelly was sad that this vintage chair was hiding all of its cool dragon-scale like carvings under a sticky and glittery coat of black paint.

So she slowly chipped and stripped it away, at times using dental tools and toothbrushes to get into all the nooks and crannies, until she realized that it would probably look pretty darn awesome (and save her sanity) to just leave it there.  Doesn’t it look cool against the blonde wood?  Great choice Kelly!  See it on her blog  The Ridiculous Redhead.

kelly armchair makeover

kelly armchair makeover after

Wait, let me guess.  You have an IKEA folding chair lying around that could use a little pick-me-up. Oh yeah, I’ve got the perfect makeover for YOU too! What are the odds?!  Check out what Amalia at Linescapes did with this plain old thing, it practically looks like a piece of art now.

ikea makeover beforer

ikea makeover after

“Aww man,” you are thinking to yourself.  “I don’t have any old chairs to makeover.  All I have is a crummy old ottoman that is falling apart because I got suckered in by all that bonded leather  talk at the furniture store.  Hmmph.  I bet there’s not a perfect makeover for ME.”

Hold your horses, girlfriend.  I HAVE got the perfect makeover for you, and it comes from Tara at Suburble,who knows and understands your bonded leather pain.  Head on over to her blog for a quick lesson on why to never buy the stuff, and a simple no-sew tutorial on how to hide it when it inevitably falls apart!

bonded leather fix

bonded leather after

“OK wise guy,” you are now thinking.  “What about me? I have an ottoman covered in Shih Tzu! You heard me. Do you have the perfect makeover for ME?  Ha!  I didn’t think so!”

Well, first of all, calm yourself down.  And second of all, um YEAH.  Of course I have the perfect makeover for you.  It comes from Jen at Girl In The Garage who told her ottoman she wasn’t going to put up with any more of its Shih Tzu, and recovered it in a fun Suzani pattern and matching nailhead trim instead.

jen footstool makeover

ottoman makeover with nailheads

Now.  Let’s continue.  Have a retired rocker reupholstered in grandpas flannels?  You guessed it.  I have the perfect makeover for you.  From Georgie at Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking  who made a drastic difference in the life of this chair with nothing more than fabric and paint.

black swirl chair rocker pre makeover

black swirl chair rocker

And finally, do you have a disgustingly rotting chair carcass that would probably be best to set on fire?  Before you get out the matches, let me just tell you something.  I’ve got the perfect makeover for YOU!  See how Cara saved this chair corpse?  It can be done!  See how on her blog  The Project Addict.



Have a great weekend friend.  Just wanted to say a quick thank you to you for reading, commenting, sharing your work with me, and generally supporting my blog.  It truly means so much to me.  THANK YOU!  (Pretend I have just embraced you in an awkward hug).

PS: Last day of the Silhouette deal is today!  See my review of the new stamping starter kit, and check out the special pricing here. Don’t forget to use the code AFTER at checkout to receive your mega discount.




  1. September 13, 2013 / 10:35 AM

    This has to be one of my favorite posts, Lindsey! (Only because I too am fixing up an old, curb-side chair myself!) But the Shih-Tzu was HILARIOUS! I kind of liked it as it was. Ha! And that last chair…yowzas!! Looked like something found on the set of The Pirates of the Caribbean 😉 Cara of The Project Addict performed a miracle.

  2. September 13, 2013 / 10:52 AM

    Haha, thanks Ariela! And I hope you are taking pics of your chair makeover, I’d love to see it! 🙂

  3. September 13, 2013 / 12:16 PM

    Thanks for the laughs this afternoon! Great chair makeovers too. 🙂

  4. September 13, 2013 / 12:33 PM


  5. September 13, 2013 / 12:37 PM

    Thank you Lindsey for featuring my dragon chair! It is one of my favorite makeovers I have ever done. I hope the pregnancy is going well!

  6. Felicia
    September 13, 2013 / 1:48 PM

    I’d give my first born for that second chair! So gorgeous!! 🙂

  7. Toni
    September 13, 2013 / 2:12 PM

    Great post! You are so funny. I have a vintage vinyl covered ottoman that needs a serious makeover(instead of the quick and dirty slipcover it currently sports. The last chair is my favorite one. So pretty

  8. Natasha
    September 14, 2013 / 6:03 PM

    Lol I actually want the before Shih-Tzu ottoman…it would match my dog!

  9. Jana
    September 16, 2013 / 10:29 AM

    Oh, Lindsey, your commentaries crack me up. What a great sense of humor and wit you have. Thanks for making my day, once again.

  10. September 17, 2013 / 11:06 AM

    The “disgustingly rotting chair carcass”…yup…I’ve got that. Well not right now… I actually passed it off to a furniture restoration neighbor of mine who will let me know if it’s worth anything more than just taking a match to it.

  11. Amanda
    September 19, 2013 / 1:20 AM

    I love reading this blog. Lindsey, you are hilarious. I had to come out of lurkerdom and say HOLY COW! That last chair was a miracle. I had to do a triple take. Amazing.

  12. stephbo93
    September 20, 2013 / 2:43 PM

    OK, so I saw the Shih Tzu-covered ottoman and thought “hair.” I got all excited about learning how to re-do something so it wouldn’t attract cat and dog hair like my stuff. The Shih Tzu photo startled me a little. And I still don’t know how to deal with all of this animal hair in my house. Maybe if I recover everything in rabbit fur, it won’t be as noticeable……Anywho….I love, love, love that dragon chair. And the old flannel rocking chair. Nice work, ladies!

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