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15 Inspiring Dining Chair Makeovers

I’m still working on my own dining chair makeovers, so last night, I decided to take a look at some other before and after dining chair makeovers to see what other people have done.  It really is amazing what a difference paint and/or new fabric can make to update and brighten dining chairs that are looking a bit dull and worn.

Here are a few inspiring before and after dining chair transformations that I came across… (*please pin from original sources)


Brown dining chair with outdated floral fabric is updated with white paint and colorful striped fabricDining chair makeover from Funkytime



Dining chair makeover from A Day In The Country



Dining chair makeover from Urban Comfort



Dining chair makeover from The Nifty Nest



Dining chair makeover from Sweet Magnolia Way



Dining chair makeover from Design, Dining & Diapers



Dining chair makeover from All Things Thrifty



Dining chair makeover from Creating Domestic Bliss



Dining chair makeover from Embracing Change



Dining chair makeover from Brittany Makes



Dining chair makeover from Brittany Makes



Dining chair makeover from Darling Octopus



Dining chair makeover from Jewels At Home



My own dining chair makeover…one of my first featured on my blog



One of my more recent dining chair makeovers



Do you have some dining chairs that could use some new paint and fabric?  Did you find some inspiration here?

Have you done a dining chair makeover?  If so, I’d love to see it!  Just leave a link in the comments below.

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    Melissa @TheHappierHomemaker
    August 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love these! I redid my dining room chairs before I started blogging, I wish I had before pics…oh well, maybe I’ll re-do my re-do!

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    Jewels at Home
    August 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love these ideas. Thanks for including my Queen Anne chairs – I had so much fun with them. Now, I’m inspired to do even more projects!

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    August 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I just finished one recently – I got 4 chairs at an auction for $5! The post I linked up below shows the before and after. 🙂

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    August 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I’ve been working on several chair redos, here are a few of my latest (and I must say I’m addicted),
    http://pinterest.com/pin/6825836906124755/ & http://pinterest.com/pin/6825836906124750/

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    August 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Wow – those are some gorgeous makeovers – mine is listed on my before and after transformation page ( sorry did not do a post on it – so you have to scroll way down to see them)

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    Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers
    August 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Awesome transformations! I am so honored to have my chairs included! Thanks Kristi for putting together this round up!

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    August 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

    We redid our chairs a little over a year ago and I love them! http://www.thebloominghydrangea.com/2011/09/dining-room.html
    The great thing is, it’s so easy to change out the fabric that it won’t take much to have “new” chairs again. Love some of those chairs featured above! So fun to see how you can take a basic chair and make it your own. Good luck on your chairs Kristi!

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    Jewels at Home
    August 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I love these ideas. Thanks for including my Queen Anne chairs – I had so much fun with them. I just found two chairs on the side of the road this morning, and now, I’m inspired to do even more projects! I love the look of the white chairs with a colorful fabric, so I’ll probably try that!

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    August 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Love all of these! We have two wingback chairs in our dining room that are desperately in need of some new fabric (I even already have it!) but I’ve got so many other projects going on I haven’t had time to do them! Hopefully I’ll tackle ’em soon!

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    August 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I was just the benefactor of a table and 6 chairs along with a buffet and china cabinet. The possibilities!!!!! Thinking about some chalk paint. It seems easy and I’m feeling like I don’t want to spend forever on the project. It’s fairly nice mahogany furniture from I’m guessing the 40’s or 50’s. I know painting is a current trend. How do you evaluate whether it’s wise to paint or not?

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      Kristi Linauer
      August 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Oh wow, Diane. That’s a very good question! I’ll freely admit that I’m the very opposite of one of those “you should never paint wood” people. I’ll paint things that most people wouldn’t dream of painting if I think it’ll improve the furniture. In other words, I’m no respecter of antiques. 🙂 I know. It’s shameful.

      But even with that said, as soon as I read “it’s fairly nice mahogany furniture from…the 40’s or 50’s”, my first thought was, “Oh my! You can’t paint that!” 🙂 I guess I determine on a case-by-case basis. I’m also not a big fan of matching sets of furniture, so when I’m working with one, I like to keep some of the wood stained, and then paint some of the pieces for a more collected look.

      Not sure if that helps…LOL

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    Anne @diy projects
    August 2, 2012 at 5:55 am

    It’s amazing what paint and a little imagination can do. All of these are remarkable. I especially liked the dark to light transformations.

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    August 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    What inspiration. The are all just great. Mary

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    August 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Love these! I’ve been wanting to redo a chair, but haven’t had enough guts to get one because I don’t know how to do the bottom cushion. 🙂 Can’t wait now. Thanks for sharing!


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    Mark E Tisdale
    August 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Oh those are some truly fun and cool afters, I especially <3 the first one – the bright stripes brought a smile to my face!

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    August 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    What a great collections of chairs! Thanks for sharing. Hope yours are going well!

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    August 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I love your blog! such an honor to have my dining chairs featured. Thanks!

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    December 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Wow! These chairs look amazing! This was really inspirational. I can’t wait to cut out of work and hit my local thrift shop to find some hidden beauties myself! 🙂

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    Easy Home Concepts
    December 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    The after pictures of the chairs come out impressive. I love how they get re-upholstered to make themselves look more attractive and inviting to sit on.

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    February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Hi you site is just so inspiring ….. a love redos… it is my passion … I am posting some pics of what I have been doing… Thanks for your work … I love it….

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    March 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    This is fabulous.Before and after looks have a big difference and the new look is very cool.

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    March 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I super enjoy projects like these, some furniture really deserve to be reconditioned.