My Awesome $5 Habitat ReStore Chair!


I hope by now you’ve all seen the post on my craft room. I promised at the end of that post to tell you about my awesome $5 chair find. I saw this little beauty hiding behind a bunch of chairs that were probably all from the same office.
Chair before
Isn’t she beautiful? This was the biggest of all the chairs, so I figured it was probably for the boss or maybe the Queen of the office! My husband looked at me kinda funny when I said I wanted it. I told him I could transform this chair into a work of art. He shrugged his shoulders and got a cart. He’s so agreeable. Then came the task of finding just the right fabric. I knew what I wanted, but I couldn’t find it. I wanted orange fabric with white paisley on it, just like the inside of my cabinet. I couldn’t find anything. I thought about using the stencil and painting some fabric. Then I found this…
fabric I got this at Hobby Lobby. I LOVE all the bright colors. I started taking the chair apart and found a tag – it was a LAZY BOY chair! Score.
inside of chair
sanded chair Once I got the back and seat off, I started sanding. I didn’t sand it all down since I was going to paint it. I just scuffed it up and took the shine off. I primed and painted it and it was starting to look really nice. I used the same paint as I did on the cabinets. It’s called Popcorn by Behr from the Home Depot.
chair with new bottom The back turned out to be the hardest part. I had to put the back on with decorative tacks, but they proved to be very difficult. The wood was so hard that they would bend. I tried drilling holes through the fabric into the wood, but then I couldn’t find the hole. I finally decided to google for a template for this application. There must be someone out there who had figured this out. I finally found Beth and Nick at Sawdust & Embryos blog. They made their own template to install decorative tacks. Brilliant. If you have not been over to their site, please go check them out.
IMG_20130402_195335_065 See how NOT straight those tacks are? I dread taking them out, but now I have a solution for making them straight.
I love the look of tacks and have always wanted to make something with them. I think I will have to do more in the not too distant future. Well, here is the finished chair.
finished chair What do you think? Do you love it? I know I do. It is as comfortable as it is beautiful.

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41 thoughts on “My Awesome $5 Habitat ReStore Chair!

    • Hi Lisa!
      Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, the fabric is amazing. I call my craft room my happy place. Oh! Great idea for a sign! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll follow. I’m just getting started on this blogging thing – so it’s not fancy or anything yet. I have some great projects coming up with purchases from my local ReStore.


  1. THAT CHAIR IS AMAZING! You absolutely transformed it! I have a lot of vision, but I really didn’t see that coming! WOW! LOVE IT.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Karen,
      Wow! You are so sweet. Thank you for those kind words. When I saw it sitting over in the corner and I told my husband I was going to get it, he looked at me like I had two heads! I’m so happy I found it and was able to transform it, and seriously, it really is comfortable. Thanks again Karen. I hope you follow along, I have a few more Habitat ReStore projects in the works, not to mention my craft room, all those cabinets came from there too.


  2. That chair is totally from a nursing home or hospital waiting room. I hope you did not just bring MRSA into your house!

    • Actually it is from an office along with the other chairs that matched. It sat in my freezing garage all winter, I wore gloves and a mask when I worked on it, but thanks for your concern. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  4. So inspired by this! In my late teens I used to find old furniture and do mini makeovers. I’ve never ventured into the upholstery side of things but am inspired to now! So rewarding. Well done.

    • Danielle,
      You are too sweet. Thank you for those kind words. I love our Habitat ReStore and I love this chair. It really helps make my craft room my happy place. I love that you started doing furniture makeover in your teens. That’s very cool. I wish we’d had all this internet and blogging stuff back when I was a teenager. Keep up the makeovers. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you back.

  5. I’ve been dragging in “found” furniture for 45 years, upholstered and otherwise. I love doing them over and feeling like I’ve rescued them! Your chair has a wonderful new life and a lot of joy radiating from it! Kudos!

    • Hi Jeannie Marie,
      Thanks for your sweet comments about my craft room chair. I love that chair! I wish you could have seen my husbands face when I said, “I’m getting that.” He see’s it now. I hope the piece I’m working on now (sideboard) turns out just as nice. We shall see. So glad you’ve been saving furniture for so long. I hope I can keep a few things from going to the dump. Heading over to check out your blog. Stop back for the reveal on my sideboard.

    • Hi Georgie Lee,

      Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it. I would love to see what you do with your chair. Let me know when you’ve got the post up! Thanks for stopping by. Would love for you to follow along for future projects.

    • Thanks Brenna and you bet, I would love to come help you with your craft room! Mine is still a work in progress. I’m hoping to get peg board this weekend to put inside the doors so that I can hang a few things. I have all this great space now and I’m trying not to junk it up by just throwing stuff in there. I’ll post some pics when I get them finished.

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    • Hey Kim,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I love that fabric too! I wanted my craft room to be bright and happy and I think that chair accomplished that. It’s really comfortable too, so that’s a bonus! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you follow along.

  7. Score, indeed! I’m going to share your link with the small group I head up at church (R3 – Reuse, Repurpose, Restore). They will love it! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    • Hey Alli,

      Wow! Thank you so much for the share. I love re-purposing things and this is my favorite. I love how bright this chair makes my craft room. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your church group likes the chair. Please stop back.

    • Hi Rhonda,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I will totally come share at your Frenzy Friday linky party. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you follow along.

    • Hey Kim!
      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Rhonda invited me over to Frenzy Friday and I’m so happy she did. I hope you follow along.

    • Hey Paula,
      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Love your blog. Thanks for having Throwback Thursday! Hope you follow along.

  8. Beautiful chair! I absolutely love the fabric. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. This was the most viewed link at last week’s party, so it will be featured at this week’s party tomorrow morning. I hope you’ll stop by and check out the party again!

    • Hey Miranda!
      OMG! Thank you so much for featuring my chair. That makes me so happy that people liked it. I need to get cracking on projects. We are selling our house and building and so far we have no place to live and I’ve been a little stressed and not able to concentrate on projects. Hopefully, I’ll get something done this weekend. Thank you again Miranda and thanks for having such a great party.

  9. Lovely, great make-over. I love chairs with high backs (good for snoozing.)>
    Thanks for the Hobby Lobby mention. I’ve been looking for similar fabric.

    • Hi May!
      Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by. Last time I was at Hobby Lobby, they still had the fabric. I’m working on a project and I decided to use up what was left from my chair makeover and I was about 2 inches short! So off to Hobby Lobby I go. Good luck with yours. Would love to see what you do with it.

  10. That really is a complete transformation – I love the fabric and the studs, such a great job! Do come and share it at this week’s Empty Your Archive where one of our themes is chair makeovers. There’s also a whole host of other fun decor, DIY, craft & home themes to which you can link up old & new posts. Do hope to see you there – Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

    • Hey Alice,
      I just found your comment in my spam folder. Sorry about that. Thanks for you sweet comments and thanks for stopping by. I will check out your Empty Your Archive linky party and link up my chair. Do come back.

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  12. I love how you totally changed your chair from blah to beautiful! I have some 50s style vinyl covered chairs that I need to reupholster and your project inspires me!
    Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your fabulous furniture!

    • Hi Ruth!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I loved this project and can’t wait to get this chair out of storage and in our new house. It’s funny you should mention vinyl covered chairs. I picked up a vinyl covered wing back chair from my local ReStore for $1 that I will be covering and using in our new house, so stay tuned for that. I can’t wait to be able to do stuff again. Hope you follow along. Heading over to check out your blog. (I’ve been very absent in mine lately).

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