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Transform a wicker chair

I Last weekend my husband came home with a “project” for me, along with the question do you hate me? Definitely not!!! I’m quite fond of a project:)

wicker chair ready for a new lease of life

He and our daughter had found this worn out wicker chair and decided it was perfect for her bedroom – she finds it super comfy. She was keen to help transform the chair so she can have a cosy reading corner in her bedroom.

It certainly needs a bit of care.

Repairs required

We decided I would recover the cushions and we would paint it together.

I had a pile of purple themed upholstery fabrics in my stash. Originally bought from ebay to transform a chair in the living room I chickened out due to the brightness! My daughter had no reservations about the colour of the fabrics..

Upholstery fabric samples

The original plan was to take the existing covers off and use them as a template, however when I cut open a seam I realised they was no internal lining for the polyester stuffing.

Reupholstered wicker chair, use upholstery fabric pieces to make a truly unique piece - tutorial

To create your own teen reading chair you will need a chair, upholstery fabric and spray paint.

To make your template place the cushion on top of a plain fabric for the back of the cushion and cut round – ensuring you add additional width to allow for the depth of the cushion.

pattern template

Use this base fabric as the template for the front cover. Lay out pieces of fabric in a random patchwork effect.

Pieced pieces for seat cover

Gradually piece them together. Once you have completed the front create the cover by putting right sides together and sewing up – ensure you allow an adequate turning gap. Place your cushion inside the new cover and ladder stitch the turning gap closed. At the corners turn in, and hand stitch into place – this is as per the original covers.


The final step was choosing fabric to cover buttons.

My daughter chose the paler matt fabric which gives a nice contrast.

Button choices

Have you covered buttons before? Its ever so simple, the self cover buttons come with a template so you know what size to cut your fabric. Stitch running stitch round the outside of the fabric, then gather up with your button placed inside. Place the back on the button – quick and easy:)

Self cover buttons

Perseverance and a long needle are required to sew the buttons in place!

Next up the chair itself – I rebound the loose parts of the cane.

Cane binding

Then we spray painted it – we used primer in thin payers, and finished with a metallic coat. Personally I loved the grey matt, but this chair is for a nine year old after all!!

spray paint wicker chair


Are we pleased with the result? Of course we are!!

Teen reading chair - transforma dull wicker chair into a unique fun item

Will you be so brave with colours and fabrics?





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Tuesday 19th of March 2019

The new look is more elegant than the old one and you are really an artist, I am also thinking to experiment with one of chairs and sofas, wish me best of luck xx

Annie B

Sunday 26th of June 2016

What a fabulous update. So bright and cheerful.


Thursday 9th of June 2016

Wow I love the colours. The brighter the better for me! You've done a great job transforming that chair. Thank you for sharing on #ThriftyThursday

Stewart @ Rubbish Please

Monday 6th of June 2016

Nice wicker chair transformation, Vicky ! The metallic coat finish gives the desired effect of looking expensive, fancy and unique. Some might even think it is metal !


Monday 6th of June 2016

What a lovely transformation of a curbside chair. I love the material you used and I am sure your daugther is thrilled to have helped restore this curbside treasure.

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