Galaxy Chair




About: Hi everyone! I'm a hardcore DIY'er, I've published 11 DIY books, just produced my own TV show called Make Your Mark for PBS/APT, I make YouTube videos every week and I'm buried under a mountain of craft sup...

I gave this thrift store find a Galaxy makeover with my own hand made galaxy fabric and a little paint.

Step 1: See the Video Tutorial Here or Follow Along Below.

Step 2: You'll Need

Thrift store chair

Washed heavy cotton fabric

RIT Liquid Dye in Wine, Denim Blue and Black

E-6000 Glue

Dazzling Metallics in Silver

Spray bottles


Staple gun

Krylon gloss black spray paint

Step 3:

Wet your fabric with a spray bottle.

Fill a spray bottle with Rit Liquid Dye in Wine.

Spray your fabric as shown, don't cover everything, just two big lines.

Fill your spray bottle with Rit Liquid Dye in Denim Blue.

Spray more of your canvas, but not all of it.

Step 4:

Fill your bottle with Rit Liquid Dye in Black.

Spray your fabric leaving some areas Wine, Blue and some white.

Let your fabric dry a bit, then fold it and microwave it on clean newspaper for 2 minutes.

Step 5:

Rinse your fabric until the water runs clear.

Microwave the fabric again for 2 minutes.

Water down some Dazzling Metallics in Silver.

Step 6:

Splatter the dyed fabric to create stars.

Remove the seat cushion, dust and dirt from your chair.

Trace the pattern for your chair back (if you have one) and cut it out.

Step 7:

Lay your chair back on the fabric and cut around it adding 3" all the way around so that you can wrap it around and staple it on the back.

Staple on 4 sides of the back, then in between each of the four staples.

Fill in the gaps with staples all the way around and then trim off the excess fabric.

Step 8:

Lay your seat on the fabric and cut around it adding 3" all the way around.

Staple the fabric around the seat cushion to the underside and trim of the excess.

Step 9:

Spray paint your chair in Krylon gloss black.

Glue the back of the chair on to the chair with E-6000.

Replace the upholstered seat cushion and you're done.



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    24 Discussions


    2 years ago

    How unique!


    2 years ago

    This is so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love this Chair!


    3 years ago

    That is a wonderful project, I really loved it! I have an armchair that needs a serious update, I was wondering if I can use this technique on it? Since I can't exactly microwave my fabric :)

    2 replies
    Mark MontanoCarchs

    Reply 3 years ago

    You really need to set the dye and to rinse out the excess or you will get dye on your clothes. Very important! Try it with spray paint (OUTSIDE) and I'll be you'll get better results.


    3 years ago

    I want to be at the dinner party where these chairs are. Galactic potluck!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    How did I miss this one!?? So cool...working on a few galaxy projects right now too! Love it! :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    FANTASTIC! I'm really not a fan of the build of the chair, but the fabric is phenomenal. I would love to take this brilliance and do a canopy with twinkling LEDs. My hat's off to you on a great, great project!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    OMG I need a chair like this, there's a charity shop in my town centre has old chairs for £1.50 each. I just wish I had somewhere to put them :-(

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like magician chair. One question i would like to ask out of curiosity. If i microwave wont that burn the cloth in center? And exactly how does it help

    1 reply
    Mark Montanosamalert

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The heat sets the dye to make it permanent. The microwave, used at smaller amounts of time won't burn the fabric. I've been heat setting dye in the microwave for years now. Promise it won't burn the fabric.


    4 years ago

    Great job, both on the chair and the instructable. It's a beautiful piece.

    1 reply