Vintage Chair Makeover

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Vintage Chair makeover on a budget!

I love giving old furniture a fresh look! And it doesn’t have to cost much! I purchased this vintage chair along with the matching desk for $30 from Goodwill about three years ago. The desk got an immediate makeover, but I had yet to do much to the chair.

vintage chair with fabric and spray paint

The finish had worn off and the burlap cover was coming off. It was in desperate need of a makeover! All I needed was some paint and fabric.

Supplies on a Budget

I made a trip to Joann’s Fabric and purchased a can of Rustoleum black satin spray paint along with some upholstery fabric that was already on clearance and then was an additional 50% off! All in all, I paid $14 for the supplies.

I removed the pad from the vintage chair and took the chair outside to spray paint. If you haven’t worked with spray paint a lot, check out my step-by-step tutorial here for the perfect finish!


While it was drying, I cut the fabric to fit the pad. I took my staple gun and began stapling the fabric to the underneath of the pad, tucking the corners as I went around.

staple gun with seat pad

Once the chair was dry, I reattached the pad to the chair. Here she is all done! Quite a transformation for only $14 and 30 minutes of time!

black painted vintage chair

vintage chair with scroll sign


I didn’t end up keeping the chair because my hubby’s Grandma gave me another one that worked better with the desk and I didn’t really have a place for this one. So I sold it on Facebook Marketplace and made a little extra cash, which is always nice!

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  1. I love finding things like your chair and giving them life back. You certainly did an amazing job bringing this one back. It looks awesome Dori. I love the fabric you placed on the seat. Great before and after!

  2. Looks stunning Dori , I love the colours that you used here … Just about to recover my dining chairs !! So hard trying to get the colours right !!!
    You did a fantastic job on this chair , it looks great!!!

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