Cane Chair Makeover

June 13, 2011 |  by  |  Before & After, Blog, DIY, Ikea Love

I found this set of icky chairs at a garage sale last month for $40, they were really insanely ugly, the color, the fabric…yuck! But we all know, it doesn’t take much to transform it from trash to treasure!

Even the city of Sydney thought so and featured them in their ‘Upcycle’ Brochure.

You will need:

– Staple Gun

– Screwdriver

– Fabric (IKEA ‘Barnslig’)

– Latex Primer

– Indoor/Outdoor Latex paint


Upholster the seat cushion:

1. Unscrew the cushion.
2. Cut fabric around cushion (add about 2 inch). I used 2 fabrics, the white fabric blocks the old pattern, that kind of showed through the striped fabric.
3. Staple fabric to the bottom of your cushion. *Always start to staple on one side and then staple the opposite site, to make sure, you won’t have rinkles.*


Paint the chair:

1. The chair had this dark green color, so I decided to prime it first.

2. 2 layers of white paint.

3. Let dry for a couple of hours.



If you don’t like the cane in the back, here is a great tutorial on how to upholster on top of the cane.

More cool upholstery projects:

Upholster Tree Stumps

Deep tufted high back sofa/booth with Swarovski Studs (this is for inspiration, they don’t even write the price,lol)

Patchwork Sofas (my fav)


Good evening everyone!


Linked with TCB & Tip Junkie & Coastal Charm & Paisley Passions & Miss Mustard Seed




//xoxo, Sibylle//

To receive special newsletter freebies, please click the little cloud.

Share the love


  1. I heart that chair!! Fab job!! That fabric makes it…seriously!! Love the stripes!!

  2. Great Chair! You have a terrific eye-most people would have passed this piece on by.

  3. Your chair re-do is so AWESOME! i love the fabric-it is so bright and cheerful! funny how similar our chair styles are and that we both painted them white and used bright fabric! love it!

  4. Okay, what the heck, everything I see keeps getting CUTER and CUTER! :)
    Savannah recently blogged..Friday Madness!!!

  5. Hello!
    Wonderful before and after — love the fabric.
    I had a question with regards to the paint you used (Painter’s touch). I actually bought the glossy verion in bright yellow for painting some of my own furniture and I have to say I am really dissapointed. When I used the foam roller, the paint starts bubbling up and the bubbles remain! I actually had to pass over first with the paint, wait a couple of second and then roll over again without any paint to flatten out the bubbles.
    Did you have a similar experience?
    I am not sure what to do as I bought the paint for other furniture as well…


  6. Saw this on Addicted 2 Decorating and had to stop in to say how neat the after is – love the bright colored stripes!
    Mark E Tisdale recently blogged..Spreading my Virtual Wings – Guess Where?


  1. Dining Room Makeover | Funkytime

Leave a Reply


Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.