Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels!

Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels!

A random drive through my neighborhood scored me this awesome wooden desk chair!

This office chair makeover turned out even more beautiful than I had hoped. And fixing roller wheels is shockingly easy. I can’t believe I found this great piece on someone’s curb. Can you?

Like a lot of people, my family loves cruising through neighborhoods to see what’s going on. Checking out the landscaping and latest builds is oddly relaxing and entertaining. Right? But it’s extra exciting when you find a bit of curbside treasure on the drive. I stumbled across this awesome chair just as it was put out. The guy even helped me load it up. How nice is that?!

When I unloaded this chair at home, it was covered in dust, rust, and cobwebs. It looked like it had probably lived in someone’s barn for a few years. 2 of the roller wheels were even broken. BUT the best part was that the chair was actually in excellent condition. The wooden frame was perfect, nothing loose or damaged. So, I knew this office chair makeover would be pretty easy.

Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Completely dirty and covered in webs, it looked like trash.

Did you know that those roller wheels on desk chairs are generally a universal size?? Makes fixing roller wheels as easy as popping out the old ones and popping in new ones. Seriously easy, if they don’t go in easily, just pound a bit with a rubber mallet. I used these chair roller wheels, they are very durable and glide easily on thick carpet. 🙂

And finding this chair is such a great coincidence. When we moved from Egypt back to the US, we literally had no furniture. It was a little chaotic and expensive trying to furnish a new house, while remodeling it, and getting ready for our first baby. I got a little cheap with the desk chair and it was so uncomfortable. I needed this chair as much as it needed me. 😉

Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
I love that distressing with the desk?
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Time to get back to work!

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Cost for this Office Chair Makeover

I spent less than $20 on the new fabric and wheels.

Time for this Office Chair Makeover

This update can be easily done in a weekend, including dry time for paint and poly.

Materials for this Office Chair Makeover

Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
After cleaning with my homemade wood cleaner.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Unscrew the rusty old screws to take the chair apart.

Directions for this Office Chair Makeover

Start with the Frame
  1.  Clean the chair to get a good look at what needs to be done. I used my easy homemade wood cleaner.
  2. Pull out the old roller wheels. You may need strong pliers to get a good grip.
  3. Remove the screws holding the seat on and the screws holding the wood caps on the legs.
  4. Find matching screws to replace any rusty ones, for assembly later.
  5. If necessary, strip off old varnish or paint. I was able to just sand everything smooth with 120-grit sandpaper. It was pretty smooth already.
    Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
    Vaseline shining on the edges and curves.

    Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
    First coat of chalk paint going on.

  6. Apply Vaseline on edges and raised areas that would naturally get chipped or worn with use.
  7. Paint over all wood with 3-4 layers of chalk paint to get a fully covered finish. Allow proper drying between layers.
  8. Distress the areas you put Vaseline on with the sanding block or sandpaper.
  9. Once you have the type of distressed look you prefer, protect all of the wood with 2-3 coats of polyurethane. I love the Matte finish and extra smooth feel of this fast-drying Matte Urethane.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Remove the old staples with needle nose pliers.
Update the Seat
  1. Remove the old fabric with needle nose pliers.
  2. Decide whether or not the foam needs to be replaced. I was lucky, this foam was in great condition. Probably because the old fabric was leather, so an extra thick and mostly waterproof protector.
  3. To be doubly-safe, I put a layer of a thick cloth drop cloth between the fabric and old foam.
  4. Line up the fabric pattern with the seat before stapling. Staple the center of one side, pulling tightly as you go. Do not staple corners until the 4 sides are finished. Staple the middle of the opposite side next. Again, be sure to pull tight. Do the same for the other 2 sides.
    Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels. Upholster seat.
    Make sure that you have staples all along the edges. Don’t leave any gaps.

    Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
    Apply paper with staples.

  5. Make sure to use a lot of staples. Don’t leave gaps between staples. This will stop the fabric from ripping in spots that are trying to hold the fabric in place by too few staples.
  6. Staple the corners, paying attention to how you want the fabric to fold at the corners. Make those corners match and always pull them tight for a professional look.
  7. Once everything is completely stapled, trim excess fabric.
  8. Add a paper liner across the bottom. This prevents thread and fabric from being visible.
  9. Protect the fabric with a Scotch Guard.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Elmer’s Glue and spray adhesive hold this jute twine in place.
Assemble the Chair
  1. I wrapped my post with a jute twine. I used a mix of spray adhesive and Elmer’s Glue to hold it in place.
  2. Grab those new screws and assemble the chair. Working backwards from the way I took it apart typically works best for me.
  3. Now on to the wheels. Fixing roller wheels is so easy. I was happy to find that most wheels fit a universal size. So, I just ordered new wheels and literally popped them on. You may need to push hard or use a rubber mallet to get a stubborn one in place.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Wheels removed, ready for the new ones to be pushed into place.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
Close up of distressing.
Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels on this chair I found on the curb. Trash to treasure story with full details on the steps to restore an office chair and fix the roller wheels.
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That’s it! Time to enjoy that new-to-you office chair!


Want to see more upholstery tips. I have a how-to video for my DIY Farmhouse Bench you should see.

Farmhouse Style DIY Upholstered Bench Plan with Tongue & Groove shelf. Makes a great end of bed bench, dining table bench, living room coffee table or entry bench.
I’m kinda loving this bench.

Feeling inspired? Get out there and build your own . Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!

23 thoughts on “Beautiful office chair makeover and fixing roller wheels!

  1. Stephanie, A pretty transformation from drab to fab! Love that fabric you used on the chair.

  2. Oh yes! This turned out beautiful! The fabric is amazing and I love the added touch of the rope. I don’t come across too many things on the curb but, I’m certainly always on the lookout. It’s so fun 😉 Pinned!

  3. This turned out beautiful!

  4. Great makeover. Aren’t curbside finds the best? They may be a challenge but you were up to it.

  5. Wow what a wonderful makeover. I would have left it at the cobweb stage. You did a great job and it looks fresh and modern and comfortable now.

  6. Now I’m thinking my office chair really needs a makeover! I love what you did, lovely transformation. Stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty

  7. I love the chair I prefer the lighter look and the fabric you used

  8. Thanks so much for the wheel tips, I’ve often ignored these rolling chairs because I wasn’t quite sure how to replace them. It’s a lovely makeover as always Stephanie and the chair looks so much better than it did before.

  9. well, this is an incredible makeover!

  10. What a fabulous find. The result is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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