Drop-in Chair

We found this old chair in a thrift shop it was begging for some TLC. So we thought we’d paint it bright green and then make a cover for the drop in seat using a tea towel.

You will need

Old chair with drop in seat £10 at charity shop

Claw hammer

Either tacks or a staple gun with staples

Tea towel 10cm bigger than the seat

Dressmakers pins

Dressmakers scissors

Tarragon Glory 4 Emulsion paint by Dulux £15.99 homebase


M&S tea towel £5


Total Price £30.99




  1. Remove the seat from the chair and put to one side.
  2. Sand the chair frame to give it a key so the paint will stick to it.
  3. Paint the chair with a bright coloured emulsion. Leave to dry, it may need a second coat of paint if the wood is showing through.
  4. Remove the tacks from the edge of the chair seat, then take off the outer fabric. Ours had a calico layer, which we left in place.
  5. Use the old chair cover as a pattern and pin it on to the Tea towel.
  6. Cut out a new seat cover. Place the new seat cover, right side facing down onto the table. Place the drop in section of the chair so that it is centered onto the new chair cover.
  7. Starting in the middle of one side either tack or staple the new fabric into place. Work outwards from the center towards the edge of the chair and then repeat with the other half.
  8. Repeat step seven on the opposite side of the chair, making sure you pull the fabric tightly as you go. By starting in the center and working outwards you will stop the fabric twisting. Once two sides of the chair are completed repeat with the other two sides. Pleat and turn in the fabric at the corners to make a neat finish.
  9. Drop the new seat into the freshly painted chair.

Tips : We had lots of paint left over so for small projects like this it is more economical to buy 2 or 3 tester pots rather than a large one.



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