If you are looking for a way to spice up your old foldable chairs to create a more festive look, consider this DIY project. Whether your look is classic black or vibrant hues, swaping out the standard material and adding a fresh coat of paint can turn a boring metal chair into something party worthy.


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


Step 1 Remove Existing Cushion
Using screwdriver, remove existing cushion from chair frame and set aside.

Step 2 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.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 Assemble Chair

Once chair is dry, assemble with new cushion and begin using!

via apartmenttherapy , designformankind