H&A Project: Deckchair

Make the most of the sunshine and give an old deckchair a facelift

Make the most of the sunshine and give an old deckchair a facelift

Here are six simple steps to a bright new chair, all ready to soak up the sun in style.

Scour antiques fairs for old deckchairs. You can usually pick them up for £15-£20.

You will need: Fine sandpaper, a paintbrush, fabric scissors, primer paint, eggshell paint, fabric for seat and head cushion, scotchguard, a sewing machine, cushion filling, Velcro.


  1. First, remove the existing seat fabric. Keep hold of this so you can use it to measure up your new fabric. If there are wooden batons within the seam at the top and bottom of the fabric, make sure you keep those too – these hold the seat in position.
  1. Moving on to the chair itself, lightly sand all the surfaces with sandpaper. If the chair is worn down to bare wood (as ours was), and there is no varnish or paint showing, you may not need to sand before coating with primer, as there is already a good surface for the paint to adhere to.
  1. Unfold the chair into its open position for painting. Cover all the surfaces with a coat of primer and leave to dry. Then turn the chair over and coat the underside.
  1. Next, apply the top coat of exterior eggshell all over, and leave to dry. Repeat with several coats for durability.
  1. Returning to the fabric seat, take the old fabric and use this as a template to cut the new piece to size. Hem all the edges, feed through chair frame and insert wooden batons to secure. Decide on the size and shape of your head cushion and cut from a coordinating fabric. Add Velcro-covered tabs to attach to the chair at head height, stuff with cushion filling and hem edges.
  1. Finish by applying Scotchguard to your seat and cushion for outdoor durability. Leave to dry for 24 hours before using. For extra hardiness, select an outdoor upholstery fabric.


Sit back and enjoy!

We’d love to see the result if you attempt your own. Email us a picture to dearangela@immediate.co.uk or contacts us via Twitter at twitter.com/homes_antiques

[Feature & Styling by Lucy Bloomfield; Photographs Rachel Whiting]

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