Face Lift

About three years ago, I found a chair with beautiful bones on Craigslist.  I was looking for a chair to go in my new sewing room in the house we were building, and this one really caught my eye.  She was in bad shape but had gorgeous lines.  With a little TLC and a recovered cushion, she was ready to serve her purpose in the new house.

Well, times (and my taste) have changed, and I decided to repuropse her to be used in another location.  So, I gave her a face lift…literally.

Since the chair was already painted a bright white, I simply popped off the seat and recovered it with a scrap of linen I had left over from the nursery project.  I thought the chair needed a little whimsy, so I cut out a silhouette with my Silhouette (heh) and applied the vinyl to the back of the chair.  The update took 30 minutes at the most, but I think it really gives her a whole new look.

Now, she thinks she’s all fancy and hot stuff.  I have to agree.

TIP JAR: Recovering the seat of a chair is a cheap way to change the look of a room.  Staple the fabric on the underside on all four sides of the cushion, pulling tight, before you put in the additional staples on each side.  This technique will keep your fabric from sliding and will make it easier to keep patterns from getting wavy.

Filed Under: Project Gallery, Transform Your Furniture

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. Gorgeous Lindsay!! :) I love the addition of the silhouette! At first glance it looks like you cut that in there with a scroll saw!

  2. Too cute!!!

  3. Fabulous! I have a chair sitting in my craft room that needs to be recovered and a little round table that I may just do this to.

  4. GORGEOUS!!! i loved it before and loved the shape of it, but now, shazam! any chair that makes me want to shout shazam has got to be pretty special.

  5. Love it – well, they’re both awesome!

  6. I love how this looks.

    I got a silo machine for xmas and still haven’t cracked it open. Maybe this will get me going.

  7. I love this!! To say I am obsessed with all the silhouette things I have been seeing lately is putting it mildly. I think this project might be headed right into my little girls room. Thanks for sharing another great idea.

  8. Looks great!

  9. Martha Vaughan says:

    I want a Silhouette machine! Lovin’ the chair and oh, did I mention I want a Silhouette machine?

  10. Dang…now I *REALLY* want a Silhouette, too! Too many fun uses to not have one in my arsenal. Good job of updating your chair. Love it!

  11. HannahGirl says:

    This. Is. Incredible. Wowzah, Lindsay! Beautifully done; love the chair.

  12. Very pretty. I haven’t recovered yet – furniture, I mean. And, I’m looking forward to it someday. It’s amazing what can be done with Goodwill, leftover paint and a bit of fabric.

  13. Beautiful! You are too good!

  14. This chair is fabulous!!

  15. jacque | wall graphics says:

    Whoa.. this is such a great idea. Very elegant. It really turned out perfect! I haven’t thought of silhouettes on chairs. Good job!


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