Upholstered Chair & Ottoman DIY

How to reupholster mid-century modern chair and ottoman seats on a tight budget? Easy! Paint the frames and update the cushion covers for an easy furniture makeover. Retro chair and ottoman upholstery fabric DIY idea.

I decided to pair up a chair and ottoman for a unique look. By making the furniture a set, it will keep my costs down by using the same materials for both pieces.

old mid century modern ottoman

Ready to start my DIY ottoman and DIY chair makeover furniture project!

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Remove Seat Cushions

The seat cushions are removed from the chair and ottoman frames. After taking off the old vinyl fabric, I noticed the original seat padding is in good condition. Luckily, neither one had any odor or stains. I can reuse both of them and save money on reupholstered seats!

old mid century modern chair

Sanding and Painting

The chair and ottoman wood frames are lightly sanded with 100 grit sandpaper using my Dewault palm sander. The curved areas are sanded by hand. The sanding dust was wiped off with a damp cloth.

Two coats of black spray paint is applied to the frames. Once dry, I lightly distressed them using the same sand paper. This is an easy chair paint idea!

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Upholstery and Re-attach Seats

Faux black and white cow print fabric is stapled nice and tight over the original seat cushion materials. I had to make sure the fabric design was placed in the same direction for both pieces of furniture so they match. The seat cushions are re-attached by using the original screws.

repurposed mid century modern ottoman with faux cow print

The chair and ottoman had natural imperfections due to age and wear which helped with the slightly distressed look.

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repurposed mid century modern chair with faux cow print

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Once individual pieces are now a new modern farmhouse set! A fresh coat of paint and new upholstery fabric update a retro mid-century modern chair and ottoman!

repurposed mid century modern ottoman and chair with faux cow print

This is a simple idea for ‘how to reupholster a chair and ottoman seat’ in a farmhouse style for beginners.

An easy DIY upholstery fabric design idea for a mid-century modern furniture set!

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