I am so excited to finally share this DIY project with you!
It really was so easy, but for reasons beyond my control (well, and some within), it took me a few weeks to finish. Why? Well, first it kept raining or threatening to rain and since I don’t have any covered outdoor space, I had to work around the weather. Second, I only bought one can of spray paint. Oops! So when the first can ran out, I had to back to Home Depot to get another one. They only had 1 can left, so I was hoping that would be enough to get the job done but because of a few mistakes (reason 3), I needed a third can. Which took a week to get back in stock.
The mistake? I tried to go a little too quickly with my spray paint layers on one chair and ended up having to wipe off some dripping paint. Then, I decided it would be a good idea to sand down that area of the chair before the paint was try. Definitely not a good idea. Eventually, I ended up just adding thin paint layers until the error was almost covered, though if you look closely, it’s definitely still visible. Patience is a virtue, people!
Anyway, the total cost for this project was about $18/chair. Here’s the cost breakdown (per chair):
- Folding Chair– $10 (Wal-Mart)
- Rustoleum Green Apple Spray Paint–$3/bottle (Home Depot)
- 1/4 yard cute fabric (Jo-Ann’s)– $1
- 1/8 x 12 x 12Square Birch Plywood (Michael’s)–$2
- Quilt batting (Michael’s)– $2
- Other Materials:
- Staple Gun
- Tacky Glue
And here’s how you do it:
First, wipe down the folding chairs. Since they had been sitting the closet, I wanted to make sure they were free of cobwebs and dust.
Next, slowly layer on the spray paint. You really need to be patient (ha!) or the chairs will start dripping, and trust me, you don’t want that to happen! It took about 1 can of spray paint to cover each chair completely.
To make the chair cushions, wrap a layer of batting around the plywood. Pull each section tautly and staple with the staple gun. Repeat with another layer of batting. Finally, wrap your cute fabric around (make sure it’s ironed!) the wood + batting and staple in place.
Once the chairs have dried completely, coat the bottom of the chair cushions with tacky glue and center on the chair seats. Place books or heavy objects on the cushions and let dry completely, about 2 hours.
And voila, cute folding chairs that you won’t be ashamed of using as extra seating when guests come over!