Ikea Hack: Chair Make-Over

When I moved to a new apartment last month, I bought this Ikea arm-chair. It served its main purpose as comfortable extra seating well, and the colour went with my decor, but I found it just a tad-bit plain.

I thought and thought about how I could jazz it up a little, and even contemplated trying to dye the chair or reupholster it. Then, I had a simple idea that I think worked out well: why not use upholstery tacks to decorate the chair? A lot of the antique furniture I’ve seen has brass-head tacks that both hold down the fabric and serve a decorative purpose.

So, I went to various stores including home-depot and a craft store and finally found upholstery nails/tacks at Rona. This is what I did with them:

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First, I stripped off the arm-chiar cover because I liked the shape of the chair and its cute legs, and both were being hidden by the cover. I kept the cushion covers on though, as that way I can take them off and wash them every once-in-a- while. Next, I used small and large tacks in an alternating pattern.

I really like the design because I think it brings out the curviness of the chair 🙂

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Now, you could use a Bedazzler for what its inventors intended–to bring glamour and beauty to a drab and boring world.

    1. choconutmeg says:

      Ha ha, I could! Then everyone who sits on the chair will end up with a bedazzled bottom!

  2. Val says:

    This is really nice! What’s the actual fabric on the chair? I’ve an old, old swivel chair a bit like this that I really need to do something with. You’ve given me an idea! 🙂

    1. choconutmeg says:

      Thanks 🙂

      It’s pure cotton, but I think the idea should work on any fabric really.

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