I have never made over an actual peice of furniture before. What you are about to witness is a beginner's makeover of a chair that was on it's last life anyways (nothing to lose).
I picked up this chair for $25 from my local ReStore. The wood is gouged in places, and it wobbles. It was made for tiny people in the olden days who sat up straight and had healthy BMI's.
First I removed the seat. It unscrewed easily and I got to work peeling off the strips of florescent duct tape.
Then I picked out tons of tetanus laden rusty staples. Seriously I was so paranoid. Even though I think I'm up to date on my tetanus vaccinations, I was still scared. I got a tiny scratch and ran screaming to the sink to scrub it with antibacterial soap.
The previous seat was pretty hard and uncomfortable (the padding was hay or something. I didn't take a picture because it was gross and I just wanted it out of my house), so I added a layer of memory foam to the plywood.
Then I wrapped it with thin batting, and (clumsily) stapled it down.
[Note: I had to UNstaple the above batting twice because a) I had unevenly pulled the batting so the edges were lumpy, and b) I covered the holes that you screw into to secure the seat. It's all about trial and error!]
Next, I stapled on the fabric, after moving it around several times to make sure pattern on the top of the seat wasn't crooked.
Doesn't that look so professional?? HA HA.
This is what us novice furniture restorers like to call "Good Enough".
FYI, the fabric is called Greek Key in Buff, and I ordered it from Tonic Living.
The wood was quite damaged, and I'm not a professional wood rehabilitator (is that a thing?) so I reached for the white paint. Several coats later, I reattached the seat, and voila!
Not bad for a first timer right? (Please say right).