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  • MAKEKIND 22.

    08.30.2012 / Miscellaneous

    Any plans for the long weekend? I’m planning a little get together to soak up every last bit of summer and to celebrate my mister’s birthday. In preparation for our guests, I added a splash of paint and pattern to some dull folding chairs. Who says functional can’t be fun? Here’s a peek at the transformation…

    MATERIALS //  folding chair, screwdriver, drop cloth, spray paint (2 cans per chair), fabric (20″ x 20″ piece per chair), scissors, staple gun and staples

    STEPS  // 01 REMOVE EXISTING CUSHION  Using screwdriver, remove existing cushion from chair frame and set aside.

    02 PAINT CHAIR //  In well-ventilated area, place chair on drop cloth and wipe down with damp towel. Using slow side-to-side movements, apply two thin coats of spray paint (refer to paint can instructions for drying time between coats). Let chair dry overnight. Tip: If chair is dark color or smooth finish, apply primer before painting with desired color.

    03 RECOVER EXISTING CUSHION //  Lay out new fabric and place seat cushion face down. Trim fabric along edge of cushion (approximately 3″ from edge). Once cut, attach fabric using staple gun. Begin by stapling at the center of each side and then at the corners. Tip: If using a patterned fabric, be sure to align to your liking prior to stapling.

    04 ASSEMBLE CHAIR //  Once chair is dry, assemble with new cushion and begin using!

    [photos by Christine for Design For Mankind]

    • Simply amazing what you can do with a spray of paint and a piece of fabric. I will never look at a folding chair as boring ever again.Great tips.

    • Anonymous

      I saw some old folding (a little rusty) chairs at good will for $2. I’m going back to get them!

    • angelica j

      I’m so happy I found this I hope to use it for my sweet 16 party.

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