How to Add Color and Pattern To a Plain Wooden Chair

How to Add Color and Pattern To a Plain Wooden Chair

Dabney Frake
Jun 1, 2015
Tasha went gaga over an armchair upholstered in bright, floral fabric, but wasn't as enamored of the $329 price tag. She wound up finding the exact same material available by the yard, and figured out a way to apply it to a basic wooden chair. Although it doesn't have the same cushioned factor, the pattern and color still apply.

What You Need


  • Wooden chair
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric (approximately 1 yard, depending on the size of your chair)


  • Craft knife
  • Pencil


1. Disassemble the chair if you are able to, removing the seat and back from the legs. If you plan on spray painting your chair a different color, do this first so it has a chance to dry while you work on the fabric portion of the project.

2. Lay your fabric right face down on a flat surface. Place the seat of your chair on top of the fabric and trace all the way around the perimeter of the wood. Add on an extra inch on all side, and cut your fabric out using the traced lines as your guide. (You need your fabric to be about an inch larger than the wood, so you can wrap it around the back.) Repeat this process with the back of your chair.

3. Next, coat the surface of your seat with Mod Podge. Then lay your fabric on top and smooth out any wrinkles and/or bubbles. Once your fabric is in place, coat the top of the fabric with Mod Podge as well. Repeat with the chair back. Allow it to dry overnight.

4. Once the Mod Podge is totally dry, your fabric should feel nice and stiff, particularly around the edges of the wood. If it does, you are ready to trim off your excess fabric with a sharp craft or utility knife. Using the edge of your chair as the guide, cut off your fabric as close to the edge of the wood as possible.

Tip: If you wind up with some stray threads of fabric, trim them off as necessary. Then, coat the entire perimeter of your seat with Mod Podge. This should flatten any stray threads that cannot be trimmed and prevent further fraying.

5. Reassemble your chair.

Many thanks for Tasha for sharing her project with us. You can see more detail over on her blog, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

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