10 Unique Ways to Decoupage a Chair

vintage chair makeover

The Sweet Escape

Decoupage is the art of cutting and pasting pictures onto objects, then coating them with a layer of varnish, lacquer, or decoupage medium. Crafters often decoupage bottles, boxes, and furniture with cut pictures, giving the objects the appearance of being finely painted. Decoupage is easy to learn, and most people get excellent results with their first project.

Do you have any chairs in your home that have seen better days but are structurally sound? Why not give them a second life by improving their appearance with pretty decoupage paper cutouts and paint. You will have rejuvenated furniture in almost no time, that you will be proud to display in your home.

The following examples of decoupaged chairs are lovely sources of inspirational ideas that will help you achieve beautiful results with your next chair renovation project.

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    Decoupaged Plastic Garden Chairs

    plastic chair decoupaged with paper napkins
    M'made DIY

    Almost everyone has some inexpensive plastic garden chairs in their backyard or garage. Freshen them up for the next season by gluing paper circles cut from Ikea napkins. No one will guess the source of your chair upgrade. Since these chairs stay outside most of the time, be sure to coat them with boat varnish. This type of varnish will help protect your decoupage art from the elements.

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    Decoupage Marble Fabric Chairs

    decoupage marble fabric chairs
    Grace Bonney

    Eames style plastic chairs have been around since the early fifties. They are proof that good design is timeless! If you have some knock-off Eames style chairs that you want to change, cover them with decoupaged marbled fabric for an upscale, unique look.

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    Ikea DIY Childrens Chair Makeover

    decoupaged ikea childs chair
    Mod Podge Rocks

    Give your child an exclusive chair that is theirs alone. Paint a child-sized chair white and then decoupage it with scanned booked covers of your child's favorite books. Your boy or girl will love their unique reading chair made just for them!

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    Fabric Covered Chair

    fabric decoupaged chair
    Designer Trapped in a Lawyers Body

    Cover a wooden chair with brightly colored, tastefully designed upholstery fabric to transform it into an office chair you will love. This tip is excellent for those that are short on money and would like to mimic the look of high end upholstered chairs.

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    An Extra Sweet Vintage Chair Makeover

    vintage chair makeover
    The Sweet Escape

    Add a bit of fun to an old office chair by covering parts of it with quirky wallpaper. It will instantly improve the look of your chair and add some style to your office.

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    Decoupaged Bent Plywood Orla Kiely Chairs

    mid century modern decoupage chairs
    WhittybrookVintage

    Sometimes you can give old chairs some pizzazz by decoupaging designer fabric onto their surfaces. We think these chairs are fabulous! The chairs were covered with fabric designed by Orla Kiely, a prominent Irish fashion designer.

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    Painted and Decoupaged Chair Redo

    fabric decoupage chair
    Audenza

    Elegantly transform an old beat-up, out-of-style chair with black paint. Then decoupage dotted circle fabric pieces onto the seat and chair back to give it some pop. Your old chair is new and beautiful again. 

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    Decoupaged Chair That Is a Work of Art

    ikea chair decoupage redo
    Instructables

    Mark Montano changes an ordinary wooden chair into a homage to the artist Fornasetti. This tutorial includes easy-to-follow step-by-step photos, plus an informative video. You will have Fornasetti knockoffs in no time.

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    Elegant Decoupage Chair Hack

    decoupaged ikea chair
    Ikea Decors

    Inexpensive Ikea chairs can be transformed into elegant pieces of furniture with a little bit of paint and decoupage. The moss green background and subtle gold metallic pattern make this a standout piece of furniture. No one will ever guess this chair came from the Swedish big-box store.

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    Map Decoupaged Onto a Chair

    decoupaged map chair
    Network24

    If you are a fan of travel, decoupaging a chair with a map might make a cute addition to the rest of your furniture. It is a sweet reminder of past experiences or inspiration for your next adventure!