Four or five years ago, one of my art-major college friends decided to make over her desk chair. While she'd bought it new, it was an inexpensive standard task chair, the kind you see at any number of student desks, and she'd had it for years. She put tropical fabric on the seat and gave it a grass skirt. Instant luau!
Similar in spirit is Goodwill Hunting
, a thrift-store chair makeover from Curbly
's ModHomeEcTeacher. The chair itself cost less than $10, and was covered with about a yard of fabric. All you have to do is disassemble any seat pads, trace a pattern
for the new coverings, attach the new fabric
(and a scrap fabric for areas that aren't visible), and reassemble the chair. Grass skirts are optional.
Although there are a wealth of cool prints out there, this will probably be more durable if you do it with upholstery
fabric or canvas
or something equally heavy (a lot of online fabric shops
currently have really cute Japanese canvas prints
that sell for about $16-20 per yard). The procedure requires some tool savvy and common sense, so I'm happy to see that the author of the tutorial did not skimp on safety warnings.