Side Chair Revamp

September 22, 2015

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

After the DIY from last week with the IKEA bench, I really wanted to recover more furniture and make them look extra pretty. So I went back to IKEA and found these awesome chairs, which are perfect for the office here with their modern lines. There’s also a yellow one at IKEA, if you’re looking for more color, but I really wanted to play on black and white with these chairs. Black and white isn’t something you see on this blog very often, so I thought I’d give you all a break from color for this one project.

I actually really like the way this chair revamp turned out even though they’re devoid of color. It’s a nice pace of change in our color-filled office!

Ready to make your own? Here are the supplies:

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

  • 2 plastic chairs
  • a 20×20 peel & stick poster for the seat and a 12×24 for the back (if you want to use our design, you can download it here)
  • scissors
  • a craft knife

So this project is pretty simple–you’re just placing the peel & stick onto the chair and trimming it down–but I wanted to talk about a few things before we got into that. If you plan on doing this to a different set of chairs, just make sure where you’re sticking the poster is relatively flat. On the seat of this chair, there’s some small hills and valleys but they’re still relatively flat so the poster won’t have any trouble adhering. You’ll run into some problems if you’re trying to recover an Eames chair, for example.

Also, you’re welcome to only recover the back or the seat, but I loved the way the pattern continues on the two pieces of the chair, so I recovered both.

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Ok, now that those disclaimers are out of the way, let’s get into it. I found it easiest to put the poster on the seat first. Position it so the whole seat is covered by the poster, then use your craft knife to trim off the excess. You don’t want to use a sawing motion with the knife because it will give you a jagged edge. You basically just want to glide the knife through the poster using the edge of the chair as a guide, kind of like how you can cut wrapping paper by just sliding your scissors to the other edge. I like to use the scissors to start the cuts on the corners.

Once your bottom piece is down and trimmed, adhere your other poster to the back of the chair, being sure to line up the design. Once it’s positioned correctly, trim it just like how you trimmed the seat.

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

And with that you’re done! I just love the way these came out, and I will say we tend to choose these chairs first over our other boring chairs when we’re in a meeting. It just makes mundane meetings feel more fun!

Side Chair Revamp - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Let us know what you think in the comments below, and as always, if you decide to do this project we’d love to see it! Just tag @snapboxprints on Instagram and use #snapboxdiy to be featured on our feed!

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