Vintage Desk Chair Makeover


Do you ever have that piece of furniture sitting around your house that you have been meaning to makeover for a long time? I have a bunch. I always wait for that perfect moment of motivation that comes when inspiration strikes for me to re-do a piece that I have been hoarding for a while. Enter $5 vintage desk chair. This piece has been sitting in my garage since last summer. I knew one day I would use it in some sort of office space in our home, but neglected to have an office space until recently. More on that space later. This week I did a quick makeover on the chair & I love that I have a cute & quirky little chair to work at now, & as a bonus, it’s super comfortable.

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The fabric on the chair is from Hobby Lobby. For 2 yards I believe I payed around $7 with a coupon {Tip: get the Hobby Lobby app on your phone & they usually have a 40% off coupon on there for you to use} I used my staple gun to put the fabri onto the two cushions. I sanded the chair down & simply stained the wood with Minwax special walnut stain. The chair has lots of little imperfections, but that’s what steals my heart is all the wear and tear. It gives it character.


I’m loving how this chair looks for now in our space Knowing me it won’t stay like this forever, but because covering this chair was so easy, it’s an easy change if I ever want to & it won’t be too much of a tedious project. By changing out the fabric the whole look of the chair will be perfect now that the wood is restored. What do you think of this chair makeover? Do you like the fabric? I can’t wait to show you the rest of this space. Talk to you soon… linking to.

Update: You can now see the DIY desk that I made out of some old barstools {here} 


  1. super cute fabric! it looks so good with the old wood of the chair :)

  2. Aunty Lisa says:

    Love the chair and that fabric…………..I bought it last week to make a cushion for a bench I’m re-doing!! Great minds think alike!! Love you Aunty Liz!! ;-)

  3. Luv the fabric—Great makeover–can’t wait to see the entire space.. Would be perfect for a piano bench I just bought Sat at a sale for $4. Hoping our HL has it…. Thanks for the inspiration…

  4. Adorable! You really brought it back to life!

  5. I love it! That fabric is amazing and it fits so well in the space. Great job! Now I need to find a vintage desk chair!

  6. That turned out perfect!! Looks so great in the room!!

  7. i LOVE this chair!!! Wonderful job!!

  8. That looks fantastic! I’ve got a chair I could redo, this has sparked some inspiration!


  9. this is great! I love the Minewax special walnut tone. We just refinished all our hardwood floors with that stain. Also, check out the Joann’s app. They always have coupons there too. :)

  10. Love it! Great find!

  11. Wow this was a great find! You did an amazing job on it…looks like it came right out of a PB catalog:)

  12. This chair is stinking awesome. I need one just like it for my office! I’ll be looking…thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Such a great transformation Liz! i love the fabric and that stain is one of my favorites :)

  14. Super cute chair. I love the fabric ! Beautiful transformation!:)

  15. Your chair is so beautiful! And the fabric is darling! I have an older rocking chair that I will be redoing this summer.

  16. I totally love the fabric you chose for this makeover! It turned out fabulous!!
    Jennifer @Blissfully Ever After

  17. I love a good rolley desk chair, but it is hard to find one with good looks. You found the perfect combo piece, and it was smart to sand it down and get the grain a little rougher. It was looking a little too sleek!

  18. What serendipity! I was searching today for a unique desk chair for my coastal inspired great room, where we keep the laptop on a desk/bookcase in one corner. All I found were rather boring office chairs unless I ordered a custom chair for over $300 plus fabric. I think I will try this. To make it even faster, and fit my motif, I’ll spray paint it white and use a coastal theme fabric. I love Calico Corners remnants. Thanks for the inspiration. I didn’t realize the upholstery was that easy to recover.

  19. Wow! Awesome job! Love it ;)
    Jamie @

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  21. The new fabric brings this baby home.

  22. I just love the fabric you used! I’d love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party!

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  24. That material is PERFECT for that chair! Love!

  25. Wow, I love your choice of fabric! It’s just perfect!

  26. Angela says:

    This is wonderful. I love it. I’m hosting a new linky party at

    I would love to have you!

  27. Just pinned your bar stool table and this chair to the bhg board :) Super nice!

  28. I love it- great chair, great fabric! I am hoping to find a chair similar to this for my office…now if only I could find a $5 treasure :)

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  32. I just found that exact chair at an estate sale for around $5!! Getting the gross pleather material and staples off was a pain! The foam was terribly stinky so I ripped it off…Can I get replacement foam in that same shape or do I have to cut it down?? I was thinking of chalk painting the wood, but re-staining sounds like a better idea!! Great job!!!

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