Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Armchair 30 minute makeover

Materials: very old IKEA chairs, nonage on them, spray paint and 8 covered buttons

Description: Found these chairs at my local thrift shop.

Removed the pine colored legs and spray painted them Oil-rubbed bronze.

Covered 8 buttons with a sunburst material.

Drilled holes through the back.

Sewed on the covered buttons to make it a tufted back.

All in under 30 minutes!

See more of the armchair upgrade.

~ Kim Uccellini, Pittsburgh

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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".

6 Responses to Armchair 30 minute makeover

  1. INNwerk says:

    Hello Kim,
    we like your post. It is unbelievable how a few simple touches can totally convert the appearance of things. What we did, you can see here: http://innwerk.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/pimp-your-ikea/
    Kind regards, INNwerk

  2. AgataCh says:

    they look great! I actually fell in love with the “before” version. what a pity that they don’t sell them anymore! :(

  3. Unknown says:

    I just picked up one of these chairs at Goodwill. I have removed the cover and am planning to dye it, but I never thought to paint the legs. The oil-rubbed bronze color looks fantastic. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, great work!

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