DIY Palm Leaf Accent Chair Makeover

DIY Palm Leaf Accent Chair Makeover

After a few weeks of not posting, I’m back! I’m pretty excited to share this DIY project I did over the winter.

I inherited this chair from my cousin a few years ago. It’s the perfect accent chair for a bedroom/boudoir or a home office, even for a patio. When I first got the chair, it had an old red velvet cover with a gross padding and needed a fresh coat of paint. It was in desperate need of some TLC! This chair has gone through a few iterations, the first was a floral print, and then this black leather cover. Moving into my new place, I wanted a fresh new look that would fit into my bedroom decor theme, Soft Tropics.

You most likely don’t have this particular chair, but you can easily find this style of chair in flea markets or garage sales. They were pretty popular in the 80’s. Reupholstering a simple chair will be pretty similar, so this tutorial will help guide you through.

This was the chair before. Black leather cover and no feet protector.

It’s pretty amazing what fabric can do to a chair. It’s been revived!


  • Print Fabric + Leather
  • Chisel
  • Staple Gun + Staples
  • Small Pliers
  • Exacto Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Weldbond
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  1.  Start by taking your chair apart, well not the entire thing, but start with the back. You’ll need a screwdriver for this.
  2. And then seat.
  3. Next, carefully remove the paper backing, you will use this as your template.(Most of these styles of chairs will have some sort of backing to cover up the staples in the back.) Using a chisel and small pliers, remove all staples from the fabric/base on both the back and the seat.
  4. Take the paper template and create a new template. I used a white heavy stock paper. Trace out the shape and cut it out with scissors.
  5. Use the fabric you removed from the back to trace out your shape on the new fabric. Now cut out the shape using scissors.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the seat.
  7. This image is to show the order of the materials. The wooden base, the cotton batton (depending on the chair, you might need to change it) and the fabric on top.
  8. Next, staple the fabric to the wood base using the staple gun. Make sure to keep the fabric taught. Do this for both the back and the base.
  9. Next, I added feet made out of leather. Create a template out of paper. Then place the template on the leather and using an Exacto knife to cut the leather. Repeat this three more times.
  10. Add glue to the bottom of the leather.
  11. You can take a rubber band to keep the leather feet protector in place while it dries. Give a couple of hours to set.

Just like that, a brand new accent chair!

I love this palm leaf print fabric. I bought mine at a random fabric store, but I found it online here for you!

Simple solution for the feet. I was having a hard time finding feet protector that fit the legs and also looked good, so I used a natural leather with a little glue.

Think you’ll give this DIY a try? I’d love to see it! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram ( if you post a picture!

Author: Ange-line

Ange-line Tetrault is a housewares & lifestyle designer. Haus Alchemist is a lifestyle blog where she shares her love of design and wellbeing to help you alchemize your life and unlock the magic within.

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