Published on October 21st, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Time to put on some new skin

It’s amazing what new skin can do to furniture. These from Anna of Forty Two Roads look simply gorgeous with new fabrics.

Anna writes, “I recently reupholstered some furniture in my house with Ikea fabric (from the As-Is bins, where I usually hunt for cool fabric pieces). I’ve really been loving the new patterned fabric that Ikea has been coming out with – and to get some pieces for cheap from the As-Is department is doubly awesome!”

The first is a rather straightforward redo of the Bonny/Verksam office chair, with googled “how to reupholster office chair” instructions.

See more of Anna’s reupholstered office chair.

Next we have this rocking snail (inset) that’s not so cool with the kid anymore. No fear. Snail grows up into a chic rocker. Anna shelled the snail and found that it had pretty cool-looking guts, which I totally agree. I think it would have made a sweet ride with just a coat of paint and a padded seat.

With more As-Is fabric goodies, Anna reupholstered the ride into this:

See more of Anna’s chic rocker.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Time to put on some new skin

  1. Eileen says:

    Nice job…. your office chair is looking better now.

  2. Mackie says:

    the ex-snail is so cool!! :-D

  3. Poppy says:

    That’s stunning! I’ll bet I could pick one of those up second hand and redo it like that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. wow. that rocking chair is so chic now!

  5. Eghi Armada says:

    Nice job..
    Keep blogging and good luck.

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