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

Before

Burnt orange velvet…yuck. Are those bald patches?

orange velvet chairs

Worn Out Orange Velvet Chairs

Would you let these into your house?

Photo by: Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker

After

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

gray and white patterned armchairs

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, serenaandlily.com; Chair legs: LQ6125 6"-tall furniture legs in walnut, $9 each, diyupholsterysupply.com; Table: Metal cube 14"W x 14"D x 18"H table, $199, westelm.com; Rug: Nourison Siam 10'6" x 8' wool rug in ivory/green, $1,099, wayfair.com; Pillow: Velvet 12" x 20" lumbar pillow in night blue, $17, worldmarket.com

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