The Bottomless Chair Makeover

bottomless chair makeover

Last summer (whoa it’s been that long?) I found a bottomless chair. Most people would probably pass a bottomless chair by….but not I. Great now I’m rhyming. It was ugly and sad but I knew it could be so much more. So let’s get to my Bottomless Chair Makeover.

bottomless chair

Pretty sad looking isn’t it? Awful worn down green color, dirty stinky old pillow, and oh ya a hole where the seat should be. I played with a few options and I finally decided on replacing the bottom and restoring the chair.

chair re-upholstery

To replace the seat I started with a piece of plywood cut to be a bit bigger than the massive hole in it. I bought some chair padding, batting, and fabric. I laid out all the layers on the floor in the order they needed to be in, then I pulled out the staple gun and got to stapling.

Bottomless Chair Makeover

I decided to paint the chair Heirloom White and do a little distressing here and there. The seat was a little bit more difficult. I wrestled with it quite a bit to get it attached and in the end I used some Gorilla wood glue to do the trick!

bottomless chair makeover

I think that the chair may still need a little pillow for the back. What do you think?

bottomless chair makeover

I absolutely love this fabric that I found. It’s kind of this white and grey color with beautiful black French lettering.

bottomless chair makeover

There you have my Bottomless Chair Makeover, looking like a completely different chair all together. So the lesson here is: never pass up a cute piece of furniture no matter how hopeless it seems!

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  1. Love this, Courtney! Well done 🙂

  2. Beautiful!!!!

  3. What a makeover! Well done!!

  4. fabulous chair… great bones/design. I’d only put a pillow on the back if needed for comfort.

  5. make a little loose pillow, but not an attached one.

  6. I just worked on a platform rocker that was bottomless as well. Great job on your chair.

  7. If you still have the old pillow, I’d wash it and cover it. Or an oblong pillow to support your low back would be good too. If it’s comfortable without a pillow then I’d leave it. That’s cute fabric you found.

  8. Beautiful! LOVE that fabric ~ I’m on the hunt for something like that to re-do my dining room chairs.
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  9. It is beautiful, I like what you did with the chair, it turned out to be more useful. Thank you for sharing your idea.


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