Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My "Trash to Treasure" Project

Yowzie! I just love DIY projects! Check out Jena's super cute "Made It Monday" project over at 1st Grade with Miss Snowden. Her "Happy Teacher Box" turned out so cute! I decided to join Jena & link up with 4th Grade Frolics.

Well, here's a look at the lil projects that I've been working on... This is the BEFORE pic of a desk chair that was sitting in my basement looking all ugly.
Before: ugly & boring right?!?

...and this is the AFTER!!! Ta-Da! What do you think?

After: polka dot cuteness!!!
This project was super simple-just unscrew the chair back & seat. Cut a piece of material to fit around them & use a staple gun to attach the new fabric. Since all chairs are a little bit different, its kinda hard to give specific directions for this project. The back on my chair had a hard plastic cover that I had to remove also. I stapled the fabric & then attached the cover over the edges of the fabric that you see here in this pic.

And this is my polka dot chair with my new crate seats! Yes! they are finally finished! WooHoo!

I hate to admit that those crate seats have been on my To-Do list since last year. Cutting the plywood to fit inside the crate is really the hardest part. Since summer seems to be flying by, I decided that I better move that part of the project to the "Honey-Do List" & the boards were cut in no time! {Thanks Bryan!!} They turned out so stinkin' cute- I can't wait to get them in my classroom!

What's your summer project?


  1. Oh my gosh girl! That looks so good! I never thought of taking the seat off and then putting it back on. I've tried to make little slip covers before to cover up the rolly chairs in my classroom and they just looked like poo :). Nothing like your super awesome polka dot chair! Thanks for the shout out!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  2. I love your crate seats and I really want to try this project. I've read that a lot of people are taking their crates into the home improvement store and having the plywood cut to size.
    Stories by Storie

  3. I love them!!! Your chair and crates look wonderful!! I posted crates on my Monday Made It (but I like yours much better!).

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  4. Your chair turned out fantastic. I love the way that your crate seats match, too cute.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  5. The chair looks great. It has me thinking about doing mine!

    Teaching Little Miracles

  6. Oh my gosh! I am in love with your chair! Your crate seats are fun too...love all of the color! When I made my crate seats last year I took a crate into Home Depot and asked the nice employee to help me out...they cut the wood for free!

    A Pirates Life for Us

  7. crate seats are on my to do list as well...i better get busy!! i'm a little concerned about the heighth of them. do you know what your's happen to measure?

    1. The seat height is about 12". Its about an inch shorter than the chairs that I have there now so hopefully it will work out ok...if not, I guess I'll move the table down an inch! :)

  8. I love it Christie!!! That would go perfectly with my new polka dot crate seats that I just made! I must add this to my to-do list. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. Now my chair needs a make-over! Can you come do my crate seats please? That project is intimidating me-lol.
    Come check out what I've been working on this summer!

    How Cute Is This

  10. Ok, that chair is amazing!!! Will you come do mine?! Those crates are also too super cute!!!! I loved Jena's project too!!!! Want one of those too!!! Thanks so much for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  11. I love the color combos!
    The Idea Backpack

  12. They all look great!! I think I just bought the same polka dot fabric.


  13. I LOVE the polka dot fabric! I'm doing black and with polka dot border this year. So cute! I'm a new follower. Check out my blog when you get a chance.


  14. LOVE the polka dot chair...oh my! I need to find a chair to makeover!
    Just found your blog through the linky and am your newest follower.

    Teaching Maddeness

  15. Christie,
    Love, love, love your adorable polka-dot chair! I also love you darling crate seats. I've been planning to make these all summer. I went to Walmart and Target to purchase the crates but this year the crates are about 10" tall. Where did you purchase your 12" crates? Maybe when you said they were 12", that's after padded cover. Also, what did you use for the padding, I've read different variations?


  16. I love me some polka dots! You have just inspired me to find a chair to recover. That is super cute! I'm now following you. I just picked up your button also!


    Adventures in Mrs Martin's Room

  17. I never thought of trying this. My chair is old and ugly. Not to mention all the stains! I think I'll have to give this a try! I love your blog look too! Jena is great!

    Little Priorities

  18. I have an old ugly chair, you have inspired me. Everything looks great. Thanks for sharing.


    1. I have a similar chair with a yucky fake leather seat/back.Its torn now and I have to recover it or trash it.Any idea how much material you used?

  19. Love the chair Christie!! I just pushed one out in the hallway at school today. I might just have to go out and move it back into my room, lol. I think your crate chairs turned out really cute. I got a little concerned about little fluids that my kinders might leak, so I bought some beautiful black vinyl to cover mine. I did buy a very colorful ribbon for the loop though. :0) Now, I'm just waiting to cut the plywood and I'm ready to go! Yeah! Thanks for the chair idea! Love it!

  20. Great job! I am now following your blog. I have a question about last year's back to school giveaway. I happened to see your jungle/safari products on pinterest and was linked to your blog. How can I get a copy of the welcome poem and postcards/poster? Is it available on teachers pay teachers? Appreciate your reply as I am planning to use the jungle/safari theme in my classroom this year. I do not have a blog but my e-mail address is GennieKay@hotmail.com. Thank you and I really enjoy visiting your blog as I search for new ideas to use this schol year.

  21. These look GREAT! So cute. Thanks for sharing your pictures!!! Want to do my chair? :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  22. I LOVE your chair and crate seats!!! They are also on my to-do list for this summer. I need to get working!
    Thanks for the inspiration! I am your newest follower!

    Come on over and check out our new blog!


  23. Oh my goodness these are sooo stinkin' cute! I want them in my office.

  24. Love that polka dot chair!! :)

  25. I love this. Did you use upholstery fabric? thanks!

    1. Nope! Just regular material. I figure by the time it gets dirty or wears out, I'll be ready to change my room decor anyway! lol

  26. Thank you for this tutorial I covered my computer chair and love it. This is so simple. I did change the way I did mine since my chair back doesn’t come apart so I made a slip cover and the same for the seat so now if I get bored with the pattern I can change it.

    1. How did you make a slipcover? I like the idea of washing it periodically!

    2. Yes, can you share how you did the slipcovers?

  27. Wish my FIL hadn't taken my old desk chair to the dump now:(

  28. Do you know how much fabric you bought/used for your crate chairs? And how many did you make?

  29. Love Skippito Bandito on your chair!

  30. Love your chair and crates. Looking good!

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