DIY: Glider Chair and Ottoman Makeover
I love DIY makeovers, especially when it involves no sewing!
A few months ago we purchased this glider for our nursery from somebody on Facebook for $20.
While it may seem there’s nothing wrong with it, which there really isn’t, the cushions were dirty and a bit stained. Besides the cosmetic, everything else works perfectly. I knew I would have to give it a makeover at some point because the crib was white and we planned to paint the walls a light color (it was purple when we moved in).
A couple months after that, we finally painted the nursery a silver gray and purchased a white dresser from Ikea. Still no theme in mind, but the room so far was neutral, white and gray.
A month or so after that, someone in my neighborhood was selling 5 yds of fabric for $5! When I saw it, that’s when I knew what I wanted the theme to be. Galaxy! I loved the idea that this fabric would pop with the neutrals and boy, did it not disappoint!
Chair Cushion Slipcover
I started the makeover by making a slipcover for the chair cushion. At first, I kind of panicked because the 5 yds was split in two and since it was one long cushion, one half did not cover all of it.
I got crafty and connected the two halves together. Now that I had one long piece to work with, it was time to get serious.
Here is what I used for the chair cushion slipcover:
- Heat n Bond Iron-On Adhesive
- ~2 yds of fabric
- Iron & Scissors
Stick On Velcro*
*Ended up not using the stick-on Velcro because it kept unsticking. Slipcover stays in place without it anyway. If you do go with Velcro for your closure, you’ll probably need to sew it on for best results.
To see exactly how this one was done check out DIY: Easy No-Sew Cushion Slipcover.
After I cut the fabric for the chair cushion, I needed to make sure I had enough for the ottoman cushion. Luckily I did and even had a little leftover for this neat makeshift matching ‘canvas’.
Cool huh? I will be making an actual wood frame for it in the future, but for now, it works to reduce echoing.
So after that was done, of course, the chair and ottoman frame had to be painted white to match the rest of the furniture.
Here is what I used for painting the frames:
- 4 cans of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Satin White Blossom
- Fine Sanding paper
- Painters Tape
- Damp Paper Towels
The first step in the painting phase was to remove the cushions. The chair cushion simply sits on the chair so that was a breeze. The ottoman cushion was screwed on, so unscrew I did! Then, I taped off the chair seat springs and brought everything outside.
Before jumping into spray painting, I lightly sanded the parts where I knew would get lots of ‘usage’. Such as arm and backrest, as well as the actual seat part where the cushion lays. Then wiped everywhere with the damped paper towels.
I painted one coat at a time allowing to dry in between. I did 2 coats and then after, painted whatever needed more coverage.
While I waited for the last of the paint to dry, I worked on the ottoman cushion.
Here is what I used for upholstering the ottoman cushion:
- ~1/2 yd of fabric
- Heavy Duty Staple Gun & Staples
For the reupholstering, I did not remove the old cover, which made the makeover easy!
To see exactly how this reupholstering was done check out DIY: Simple Cushion Reupholstering.
And here it is. The final product!
I’d definitely call this one a success!
How awesome is it that a piece of furniture can change so much with a little effort!
Are you going to give you chairs a makeover now? Why not, right! Let me know in the comments if you liked this DIY and if you’re giving it a try!
This is perfect for a nursery. Upcycling at it’s best!