Feminine Office Chair Makeover
This chair was a thrift store find for $20. Once it receives this chair makeover, its going to be my new office chair. The new chair is being redone to go along with the feminine desk I have refinished.
Disassemble the Chair
I carefully disassemble the chair, looking for labels and signs of age, removing the seat and setting the screws aside. The labels says the chair is made in Canada, the cushion is synthetic and the material is stapled so its not old.
Refinishing the Chair
To make sure the chalk paint adheres to the chair, lightly sand the chair. According to the instructions on the paint can this isn’t necessary. Old habits prevail and I sanded it anyways. Of course if you want to skip this step, its up to you.
Once sanded I painted the back of the chair with two coats of blush chalk paint. The rest of the chair was given three coats of white chalk paint.
Let each coat dry thoroughly and sand lightly with 400 grit sand paper. Sanding between coats gives the paint a smooth finish. I much prefer a smooth finish, but if your okay with a rougher finish, you can skip sanding..
The white washing helps match the chair with the partially white washed refurbished desk.
Once painted protect the chair finish with two coats of finishing wax.
Reupholster the Chair Seat
The chair seat attaches to the chair with simple screws that I set aside for reassembly.
I spent an hour removing the staples that were holding the material and the cushion to the plywood form. So many staples.
The material I chose is a really cute simple cotton that matches the ironing board cover I made. The material is fun and perfect for the craft room, but its plain cotton and a bit thin to be used as upholstery. For extra strength I cut a double layer of the material using the old upholstery fabric as a pattern.
I think the chair could be part of an old dining room set, The chair cushion is hard and not overly comfortable. The chair seat needs softening. To add extra cushioning, cut some 1 inch foam using the plywood as a pattern,
Hold the foam corners in place and fold the material over the plywood. Using a staple gun staple the material into place. Make sure not to cover the original screw holes in the plywood with the material. Starting at one side place a few staples; then do the same on the opposite side. Repeat this process for the other two sides. Once you are sure the material is the way you want it, add the remaining staples as needed.
Reassemble the Chair
After the chair seat is done attach it to the chair using the original screws and screw holes.
This chair is exactly what I want for the new craft room. Its bright, the extra foam makes it comfortable and I am sure the arms are going to add comfort as well. Both the chair and the old desk are one of a kind pieces now and so worth the time it took to redo them.
Have a wonderful week.