DIY Accent Chair

Liven up an old chair with bright paint and stencil patterns


Got an old chair at home? Here's a fun and creative activity for you. Give it a fresh new look by painting it and adding a couple of stencil patterns.


-          Old chair

-          Latex paint

-          Paintbrush

-          Pencil

-          Used folder

-          Scissors or X-acto knife

-          Masking tape

From old to new.

Choose the chair that you want to work with. Old chairs can be recycled and made brand new again with this activity.

Prepare the materials.

Check the list of materials needed and make sure you have everything you need.

Finalize your pattern.

Design on a pattern or design for your cutout. You can draw the same or different patterns. Draw half of the pattern on the middle part of the used folder where the fold is, so they will be symmetrical. Do the same for your other patterns.

Cut and Stick

Cut out the patterns using scissors or X-acto knife. Set aside. Cut small pieces of masking tape, and place them at the back of the cutout patterns. Firmly stick the patterns on the chair, following your desired arrangement.

Do the Paint Job.

With even strokes, paint four or five coats of paint on the chair, applying each coat in at least an hour’s interval. When painting over the cutouts, hold the paintbrush lightly and paint away from the cutout to keep paint from affecting the covered part. Let dry overnight.

Finished product

Carefully remove the cutouts by tracing the edges and lifting the cutouts using a cutter. You now have a cutout accent chair.


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