DIY Trash to Tribal-Inspired Folding Desk Chair

Friday, July 12, 2013

Among the piles of bouquets and diamonds from my many suitors, Nick stands out because he brings me discarded items from the steaming trash piles of New York City sidewalks. And I love it. Knowing of this extreme love for collecting things, especially free things, Nick added a little broken-down folding chair from the corner of 35th and Lexington to our DIY queue a while back. 

I knew I wanted to add a pop of color to the chair with some bright paint and cover the seat in a tribal-inspired print or stripe. So Nick and I made a trip to Mood Fabrics and Home Depot on some Citi bikes and started down this DIY journey.

My least favorite part of DIY'ing is always at the beginning - Sanding. Thankfully, Nick did most of it this time. 
We chose Behr's "Deep Royal" for our color. 
Got the color we were looking for after two coats.
The seat from the old chair was falling apart, so we decided to reconstruct it completely. We got the square piece of wood cut from a scraps at Home Depot for $2, the staple gun also from Home Depot, the fabric and foam are from Mood.
I covered the wood in a generous amount of foam, stapling in place, and then covered the foam in our fabric. *Note -- be sure you cut your piece of wood a few quarters of an inch smaller than you need so that your seat will still fit in the chair  after covering it in the foam and fabric.
We put it all together, securing the seat on the chair with the original screws and placed it at our desk. 
And we finished off our re-vamped desk with a couple thrift store finds from this weekend.

Till next time, 



  1. I'm gonna sit in that chair soon! Love it :)

    Aunt Chrisy

    1. Can't wait for you to sit right in it! Thanks :)

  2. So cute!

    Love ya,