Everyone ends up with an ugly chair they never wanted at some time in their life. It might have been a family heirloom, but it doesn't change the fact it's just plain ugly. The chair ruins the decor of your space with its outdated color and weird-feeling cushion. Your friends may be afraid to sit on it, for fear of the diseases they might contract by coming into contact with its mysterious surface.
Luckily, there is a way to make this chair into something useable, rather than lugging it down to the dumpster. There are several methods to take an older chair from a piece of trash to the highlight of your home. Keep reading to learn about ten ways to upcycle your vintage chair into a statement piece!
10 RECYCLE YOUR BOTTLECAPS
This chair is a masterpiece and speaks to the artsy side of your personality. You can save your old bottle caps and use them to create a new seat for your vintage chair. This person saved bottlecaps of a multitude of colors, then poked holes in the sides of them in order to run a series of zip ties to connect them to the edges. The design is ingenious and your friends will be fighting over who gets to sit in your newly upcycled chair.
9 PUT YOUR ART SKILLS TO THE TEST
If you have a knack for creating beautiful paintings, then this is the method you can use to take your chair from drab to fab. It won't work with all chair surfaces, but if yours is wooden like these you will have no issues. All you have to do is sand down the chair with either an electric sander or just a piece of sandpaper, this way the paint can grab hold of the wood itself, rather than peeling off of the treated surface. Once you have finished sanding you can paint your heart out, mixing colors and patterns until it's to your liking. It is recommended to add a varnish over the top of your painting after it is dry in order to seal it in, but make sure to apply one coat at a time to avoid a weird texture.
8 GO RUSTIC WITH A PALLET REPLACEMENT
Pallet DIYs are huge, especially for people looking to add a rustic feel to their home decor. You can replace the seat of your chair with a few pieces of a pallet. You have to cut the pallet pieces to the correct size before sanding down all of the sides and edges.
You can then paint or stain the pieces to your liking, before adding a few screws or nails to secure the pieces into your chair. You will end up with a beautiful piece which will add to the rustic appeal of your home.
7 REUPHOLSTERING CREATES MAGIC
The chair pictured above proves the difference reupholstering can make on a vintage chair. You can reupholster with any kind of fabric or fur, tailoring the piece to fit with the rest of your color scheme or overall theme. Reupholstering can be a bit difficult, especially if you plan to replace the padding underneath as well. You remove the previous fabric and padding from the chair, then you cut out new fabric and padding based on the dimensions of what you just removed. You place the padding and fabric over the chair and use a staple gun to secure it into place, creating a new statement piece for your home.
6 OLD SKIS CAN SERVE A NEW PURPOSE
This DIY is especially beneficial if you come from a family of ski hoarders. You can take the old skis lying around your home and use them to upcycle your old chair. All you have to do is cut the skis to the desired length and secure them onto the chair with a few screws. Make sure to sand the open edges of the skis and take care not to leave any sharp edges for someone to bump into. This piece would be a hit at any ski lodge or in a family of avid skiers.
5 SHOWOFF YOUR MACRAME SKILLS
If you prefer yarn to power tools than this is the DIY you should try. You can crochet, knit, or macrame a new seat for your chair, putting your proficient skills to the test. There are several designs you can find online, or you can create a template entirely on your own. The possibilities are endless with an array of colors, designs, and yarn sizes to choose from. When your grandma comes over she will be ecstatic to see her teachings put to use.
4 REUSE OLD CASSETTES
The new age has converted music to stylish CDs and music subscription services, leaving you with boxes of useless cassette tapes. You feel a personal attachment to them, which is why they are still gathering dust in your closet, but now you can put them to good use.
You can take zip ties and connect the tapes to create the backing and seat of a vintage chair. The finished product will add to your retro style, as your buddies wonder where they can buy one of their own.
3 WEAVE A NEW SEAT
This is a popular option because it takes little to no time to make a new seat using this method. All you need are strips of sturdier material and a staple gun. You weave the pieces together, overlapping them to create this chic pattern. You staple the edges of each piece on the inside bottom of each side, securing them into place so you never fall through. It is a way to make your ugly old chair a stylish new addition to your home.
2 ADD A DECORATIVE CUSHION
Maybe your vintage chair is perfect how it is, but it needs a bit of flair to make it complete. You can create a colorful seat cushion to solve this problem. Seat cushions can be made a variety of ways by using yarn, fabric, or pom-pom balls. It will add a splash of color to your boring and decrepit looking piece, turning it into the highlight of your home. Seat cushions are a relatively cheap fix and you can buy them if you are not up to making your own.
1 LASER MEMORABLE ENGRAVINGS
You have painted and upcycled your chair, but something is missing. Your wooden chair seems to be lacking something, and that something just might be a carving or specialty engraving. If you are familiar with carpentry tools then give it all you have and transform it into something magical, but otherwise, you can use a laser engraver to add your final touches. The improved chair will make a statement in your room, whether it is a saying or a picture, as your friends comment on how perfectly it fits in with your space.