Studio Make-over, One Piece at a Time

Making over my studio is progressing, but one piece at a time as I can work it in. After painting the file cabinets in my earlier post, I decided to use this poor lonely chair that had been hiding in a corner of my studio. I bought it stripped and unfinished years ago at an auction. I had intentions of doing something with it but had not. So it sat in a corner of my studio, lonely, unloved, unused, and neglected. After a re-do, this chair now shines brightly and sits prominently in front of a desk.

Turquoise painted chair

Hancock Fabrics had a sale on upholstery fabric so I got the amount I needed at 50% off the $17.99 price for around $6. I loved the print and colors, especially the turquoise. Actually, this fabric is an outdoor fabric, which is even better for studio use. I then went to Lowes with fabric in hand and found a great shade of turquoise spray paint. Its a few shades darker than my filing cabinets.

This project was pretty quick and easy. I just sprayed the chair with a few light coats of paint, then wrapped the seat with the fabric, tucked it under the bottom and stapled. And the total cost of the re-do was around $10. Not bad! I think it looks much better than the “before” version below.

Unfinish chair for Phyllis Dobbs studio

I’m so glad I bought this chair all those years ago. And since I also have a boring wing back chair that I use in my studio, also bought at an auction, I went back and bought more fabric for another makeover.  I just have to jump in and try my hand at upholstery which will be much more work than the chair seat. I’m mentally working it out with the help of a couple of books.

Here’s to success with all our little (and big) projects.


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  1. LOVE it. Saw some similar at the quilt show, THEY wanted over $300.00 for theirs (if I remember right)

  2. You I love this……hope all is great w/ you.
    your spray paint queen friend

  3. Very, Very cute, Phyllis!

  4. I just love that blue chair and could you get a better fabric to go with it , I know its not for every one but I would love a lounge suite in the same colors/fabric

  5. hi Phyllis,

    this is such a fun DIY project – and the color is fresh so whimsical.
    Thank you for popping into my blog and joining in the celebration of my debut tabletop line.

  6. Hello Phyllis – I adore this chair! I found your site through Better After – I have a vision for my office that includes the colors you used in your chair… I must say I feel inspired now to keep going with my original plan. Just wanted to drop by and let you know you’ve given me courage.



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