How to Update a Pair of Worn-Out Chairs

These soiled ’70s artifacts aren’t hopeless. See how HGTV Magazine turned these chairs into stylish spots you’d be proud—and unafraid!—to sit on.
By: Jodi Kahn and Nissa Botthoff


Burnt orange velvet…yuck. Are those bald patches?

Worn Out Orange Velvet Chairs

Worn Out Orange Velvet Chairs

Would you let these into your house?

Photo by: Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker


A modern pair in a living room. Yes, these are the same chairs!

Updated Armchairs With Gray and White Pattern

Updated Armchairs With Gray and White Pattern

This makeover was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo by: Ryan Benyi

Ryan Benyi

With the help of an upholsterer, walnut-hued legs and extra arm padding were added. The tufting, swivel mechanisms, and skirting was lost to give the chairs a sleek silhouette. The new cane-weave cotton fabric, in gray and white, looks fresh paired with a gold table and a green ikat rug. A night-sky-blue velvet pillow shakes up the color scheme.

Chair fabric: Havana cotton canvas in pewter, $50 per yard,; Chair legs: LQ6125 6"-tall furniture legs in walnut, $9 each,; Table: Metal cube 14"W x 14"D x 18"H table, $199,; Rug: Nourison Siam 10'6" x 8' wool rug in ivory/green, $1,099,; Pillow: Velvet 12" x 20" lumbar pillow in night blue, $17,

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