If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen the hint I gave about what I was working on yesterday, while the rainy weather had me confined to the house:
This arm belongs to this chair:
I found this chair at the thrift store for $40. You may be looking at it and wondering why on earth I dragged this home for $40? It is without a doubt, the most comfortable and supportive desk chair my behind and I have ever experienced. It had to come home with me.
When I got home and googled the make and model on the bottom, I found out that the cheapest you could purchase this chair for is on Amazon, for no less than $500!!! No wonder it feels so good!
Now let’s look at the reality. It’s navy blue. It doesn’t match a single item in my house unless you count our cereal bowls. It has cherry wood trim. You’ll find beautiful cherry cabinets in our master bath, but this chair has to reside in our living room.
But not to worry…because this board room reject got a makeover:
I needed something that would coordinate with my living room. If the original had been black, I probably wouldn’t have even considered reupholstering it.
I didn’t take really detailed step-by-step photos like I usually do, but you’ll get an idea of what goes into redoing a desk chair.
First I removed the buttons from the seat back tufting and then the brass nail heads, one…by..one. SO tedious. I love this detail and wanted to reuse them.
Then I removed the arms which were just screwed on and painted the wood detail on the arms and feet with DIY chalk paint, followed by Annie Sloan clear wax and a good buff.
Next I removed the back:
The back piece was held in place with a bunch of these:
I saved them also to reuse.
Next I covered my seat using a staple gun:
Then the back, again using a staple gun to secure the fabric to the back:
Before going any further, I needed to make covered buttons to replace the originals for the seat back tufting.
I used a simple button kit. If you have never covered buttons before, it’s super easy. I took a quick pic step by step to share if you’re interested. (Of course you button-covering veterans can skip this part!)
Here is what you will need to make your own fabric covered buttons ( I used the kind that has little teeth to catch the fabric, all around the inside rim):
And here’s your how-to:
Now I was ready to attach my buttons. I used a tiny crochet hook to help secure the buttons with floral wire:
Then I wrapped the backing in fabric and secured with hot glue. I also had to do some repair to the back which wasn’t too tough for my glue gun:
I used a hammer to tap the white upholstery thingys back into their original holes.
I’d say it turned out pretty good! I love this fabric! It’s a heavier weight decorator fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics.
This isn’t the first piece of furniture I’ve taken apart. Have you seen the sectional that I destroyed and rebuilt?
Oh! I almost forgot the
most frustrating never heard so many curse words good thing babies were in the back yard best part, the nail head detail! Swoon…
Oh, and I wasn’t kidding about the nail heads…many many casualties:
A certain husband of mine (not naming any names), thinks I should have left it navy blue. Seriously?
If you liked this post, you may also like the makeover I gave the desk:
UPDATE: It has been just over three years since I recovered this chair and it is still holding up fantastically, and I use it A LOT!
See it all HERE.
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