$2 Thrift Store Chairs to Gorgeous DIY Bench Seat


Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

I had a spot in my office that was perfect for a bench seat. I wanted  it to have a back and I wanted it to be padded so it would be comfy for visitors in my office. Have you ever priced those? $300 and up and that’s before you buy any type of padding. I was hoping I might find one at a thrift store that I could makeover but no such luck.  I did, however, happen upon these two chairs sitting next to each other. They were on clearance for $2.00 each but as I looked at them I thought… those look kinda like a bench if you take out the middle arms. And so an idea was born and two old office chairs found a new home. It ends up recovering the cushions was fairly easy! The total cost for the supplies? $16.  I told Roy I just saved him $285 so I should be able to use that money for something else. He wasn’t buying it.

If you’re a fan of thrift store finds and redo, you’ll probably also enjoy our Ceiling Fan to Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors and How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art!

Bench Seat Supplies

Instructions

These are the chairs as we got them from the thrift store. $2 each.

Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

The first thing Roy did was cut the middle arm sections off on both chairs.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

Marking them with tape made it easier to make the cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He also had to remove the back wood braces which he’s already done here.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He sanded off the area he cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

This shows him screwing the bottom center legs of both chairs together. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He then drilled a hole in the center braces and added two bolts for extra stability. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

A solid piece of wood was added to the back and screwed in on the sides where the original back braces were screwed in.   Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

It was now time to recover the cushions and arm rests. We picked a very soft, polyester “Heavenly Plush” fabric from Walmart.  We also picked up a Cover Button kit to create matching buttons for the tufted back.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We placed the back-cushions face down onto the backside of the fabric and cut a large enough piece to wrap around the entire cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Since we wanted to keep the tufting on the back cushions, we removed the back piece of fabric from the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This allowed us to cut the strings from the existing tufts and remove the buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back strings were cut, the buttons pulled easily out through the front.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This is when we began wrapping the fabric and stapling it snug onto the wood frame.  We left the opening we had cut so that we could re-tuft the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back cushions were wrapped, we set them aside to create our buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using the Cover Button kit, we cut a small circle of our fabric and inserted it into the clear rubber mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we placed the button portion, face down, onto our fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we fold in the edges of the fabric, completely covering the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Due to the fluffiness of our fabric, we had to trim away a little excess.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Lastly, we placed the button back on top of the folded-in fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.To create the button, we simply press down over our final piece using the pusher included with the kit.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.You will feel a slight ‘pop’ when the button back inserts into the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.At this point, remove the pusher and pull the button out of the mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Voila!  Matching buttons for our tufted cushions!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using permanent marker, we placed dots on the back of the cushion to mark where our tufts would be.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Instead of using standard sewing thread, we opted for a thick waxy thread that could really handle a lot of pressure.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We began by threading down through the back of the cushion at our designated marks.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.While pushing the needle from the back, we compressed the front of the cushion to help guide the needle through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle was through, we threaded the button onto the back and pushed the needle back down through the cushion about 1/4 inch away from the hole we came out through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle is out the back, we threaded on an old button.  This gave us a solid base for leverage, so we could pull the string tight and create the tuft.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, the back looks like so.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.And the front now has our two tufts with matching buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We removed the arm rests and stapled fabric around each one, making sure to cut away any excess material so that they would easily rest back onto the arms of the chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For the seat cushions, we wrapped and stapled them the same way we did with our back cushions.  The one difference was that we removed the seat tufting and did not replace it as we did not want tufted seats.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, we had beautiful, soft & smooth seat cushions that were ready to be reattached to our chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Prior to replacing the cushions and arm rests, we painted the frame white.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once dry, we screwed on the cushions and arm rests.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For a little added touch of style, we used a box of silver thumbtacks to create a border around the two sides of the bench.  By holding the tacks with needle nose pliers and hammering them in, you get the same look as the expensive upholstery nails without breaking the bank.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.The silver border turned out absolutely amazing!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Now we have a beautiful statement piece as well as soft and comfy seating!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

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