Desk Chair Makeover – Trash to Treasure

The projects in my niece’s room are slowly getting finished. Her window treatments are done and need to be hung. I finally finished her desk chair and delivered it to her on St. Patrick’s Day. You may remember these chairs we found on the curb last fall.

vinyl chairs from the 1970's

vintage vinyl desk chair

They were perfect for my niece and nephew’s desks and they were free. I had an idea for my nephews chair and finished it right and yellow steelers themed desk chair

My niece’s chair took a little longer. Partly because I needed some warm weather so I could spray paint the base. She wanted white and silver so this is what I came up with:

vintage desk chair upholstered in white marine vinyl


rustoleum metallic silver chair base

I spray painted the base metallic silver and covered the chair with white marine vinyl. I have to say I hated working with the marine vinyl, it is very stiff and doesn’t drape nicely. The chair had a lot of curves so I’m pretty sure I picked the wrong fabric for the project. I should have used the vinyl that I used for my nephew’s chair. It was much easier to work with. The marine vinyl was hard to pull  tight and staple at the same time.  Live and learn.

white vinyl desk chair

vintage white vinyl desk chair

The back of the seat gave me some problems. It is not perfect.   See the corners at the top- ugh. I have enough vinyl left over to recover the back somewhere down the line, when I have    more experience. It will do for now.white vinyl desk chair

For the seat cushion, I just tried to keep the fabric folds even on both sides.

white vinyl seat cushion

The chair itself is sturdy and pretty comfortable. The seat also spins which my niece loves. She was bummed it didn’t come with wheels. I wasn’t, my son had a desk chair with wheels and used it to move around his room instead of walking. His room is like 9ft x 9ft and the rolling around sounded like he was in a skate park.

One more look at the before and after:vintage desk chair makeover before and after

Chair- Free off the curb

1 yard Marine vinyl from Joann Fabrics – $17.99 $10.83 after 40% off coupon

Foam padding- left over from a previous project

Silver metallic spray paint- Rustoleum- from my stash

Total= $10.83 + tax


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  1. Came out great and you can’t beat the price

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