Give a plain chair a patchwork facelift in a few easy steps

Looking for an easy way to give a face-lift to an old chair? This quirky patchwork design is a no-brainer. A fresh coat of paint, some fabric and Mod Podge take an old chair from worn-out to whimsical in minutes. There are also plenty of ways to customize the colors and make it your own.
The white paint and pink floral fabric of the chair in this project effortlessly complement a room with a neutral palette. For a more homespun style, consider painting the chair teal or lavender and using a warmer fabric color like yellow or orange. You could also make use of leftover fat quarters and cover the chair in a variety of fabric. No matter what you decide, this eclectic chair is sure to catch eyes and charm hearts.
- Old chair
- Sanding block
- Paintbrush
- Home Decor chalk paint in white
- Floral fabric
- Cardboard square, 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches
- Chalk
- Scissors
- Mod Podge
- Small paint roller
DIY Everywhere
1. Sand every surface of an old chair, and then use a paintbrush to brush away the dust.
2. Paint the chair with white chalk paint. Allow the paint to dry.
3. Use the cardboard square and chalk to draw a square onto the fabric, then cut it out. To achieve the same look as this project, aim to cut out at least two dozen squares.
4. Once the paint is dry, sand the chair again. Dust off the chair with a clean, dry paintbrush.
5. Position about seven fabric squares on the seat of the chair. Apply Mod Podge beneath and on top of each square with the paintbrush. Use the paint roller to smooth out the squares.
6. Use the same Mod Podge method to attach the other squares to the rest of the chair. Repeat until you have used all of your squares or you’ve achieved the desired look. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.
7. Your patchwork chair is complete and ready to enjoy!