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Lawn Chair Makeover

Give those tired, dirty lawn chairs new life with a little paint and outdoor upholstery fabric.
By Jennifer Davis Dodd |

CUSTOM JOB: (after) Refinished in yellow and covered in Bravada’s striped outdoor fabric in lime (avaliable at Calico Corners), these lawn chairs are ready to party all summer long.















Sitting Pretty

Don’t toss those dirty, peeling, old lawn chairs. Give them a fun, new look.


TIRED AND WORN: (before) These lawn chairs were begging for a new look.

The weather’s glorious, and you’ve got an itch to throw a barbeque and invite folks over, but something’s holding you back –those dirty, ratty, lawn chairs that you’re too embarrassed to have people see, much less sit in. Before you resign yourself to dropping a chunk of change on a brand-new (but still boring) set, check out your options. Most plastic and all metal lawn furniture can be refinished, and the market is flooded with new lines of outdoor fabrics that are not only weather-resistant and easy to clean but also attractive and –oh, happy day!– unique.

To prove our point, we found two of the most off-putting lawn chairs we’ve ever seen and treated them to a complete makeover –including a new color and kicky, striped upholstery. The finished product might be more expensive than that Target special, but the results are worth it.


By The Numbers:
Refinishing: $116 each

Fabric: $30 per yard

(4 yards per chair)

Reupholstering: $115 each

TOTAL: $261 each




Where to find the outdoor fabrics, upholsterers, and refinishers to get the job done.



Michael Zane Fine Woodworks, 1100 S. Wildwood Dr., Irving. 214-563-4396.

Chair Care Patio, 8804 Sovereign Row. 214-638-6416.



L&B Fine Custom Upholstery, 5111 Lawnview Ave. 214-388-1353.
Custom Cushion, 1717 E. Levee St. 214-748-2242.


Outdoor Fabrics

Try Quadrille, Waverly, Bravada, or Sunbrella. Each of these lines offers attractive new outdoor fabric options.

The Fabric Factory, 12330 Inwood Rd. 972-720-1400.

Calico Corners, 12370 Inwood Rd. 972-386-5081.


One-stop Shopping

Holloway’s Upholstery will not only sell you Sunbrella fabric, but also refinish and reupholster your chairs. 4221 Ross Ave. 214-823-8961.

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