Refurbish a Chair with a T.J. Maxx Bag

Easy D.I.Y. Project!

What do you get when you take an old chair–given to you for free–and add a gorgeous T.J. Maxx shopping bag, purchased for 99 cents? Voilà! The result is an incredible piece of refurbished, functional art for pennies!


a white chair


This summer a friend called and offered me two chairs for free just to take them off her hands. When I picked them up I was thrilled to see what good shape they were in. It wouldn’t be necessary to paint them if I didn’t want to. I decided to refurbish the chair by decoupaging the seat and adding a bit of accent paint in a few areas. 

The project started by doing some stenciling with a seafoam green color I mixed up to match the green in the bag I would use. I had purchased this cool bag with a collage of travel postcards and pictures all over it. It is very vintage, and I knew it would look great.

Using the seafoam green paint, I added some color to the rungs of the chair. Then I roughly brushed some burnt umber around the edges of the stenciled areas.


a shopping bag with travel pictures on it


I cut the bag in half and trimmed it down to an inch and a half larger than the chair seat. I used Mod Podge to affix the bag to the seat and down around the sides. Next time I would cut the bag to the size of the chair seat, and then dry brush the burnt umber along the edge. It was tricky to get the bag to stay in place around the edges while the glue dried.


white chair with a bag decoupaged onto the seat


The final step was to add several coats of spray varnish to protect it from wear and tear. This project took me a little over an hour for each chair. What a simple and inexpensive way to update any piece of furniture.

I love my two “new” chairs. They look super cute in my guest bedroom!

Check out our post Functional Art for Pennies at T.J. Maxx.


Please share your fun D.I.Y. projects with us in the comments below!

Til next time, Sandra

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