I was visiting my parent's home in Idaho and went out for a Saturday morning run and the neighbors were having a yard sale. I've been wanting to change my plastic patio chairs to something more interesting, and these metal bistro chairs caught my eye. They only wanted $2 a piece, so I bought 4 of them and hauled them home (well, I brought two home with me and my mom was nice enough to bring the other two the next time she came to Utah in her RAV 4).
I have recovered chairs before, so I know that taking off the current cover and using it as a pattern is the way to go. I had to laugh when I took off the brown vinyl--it was covering...brown vinyl. Although one of the chair still had the original vinyl underneath both brown layers; a mustard/floral (which was kinda cute in a retro way, but only one of the chairs still had it).
I got lucky at JoAnn on the fabric. The Red Tag fabrics were an extra 50% off and I used a 20% off your entire purchase coupon. I bought 2 yards of outdoor canvas fabric for only $5.80
I pulled off all the old vinyl, cut out the new circles and stapled it on to the cushions. I find that kneeling on the cushion helps you pull the fabric super tight while you staple. I staple one side, then do the opposite side (basically I divide the circle into 8 sides).
Next was painting the chairs. I ordered the paint from Amazon (hello Prime, all the colors, delivered right to my door). Only $3.68 a can for this fun Aqua color--I bought 2 cans. I did get 2 chairs done with one can of paint, but I skimped on areas underneath that no one would see. I probably should have had 1 more can of paint.
Now I've got some bright patio chairs and I love them. I also love that my total investment was only about $6 per chair.