I originally shared this project with Designer Trapped in a Lawyers boy a few months ago. I almost forgot to share it with you guys. This was a fairly simple project that took about a day to create. If you love patterns and dipped chairs then you are guaranteed to like this.
Makeover a Thrift Store Chair
I stumbled upon this little retro office chair at a thrift store for a whopping $6.00. Too good to pass up. I imagined a mad man type character sitting in front of a type writer in this little office chair. Let’s give this chair a new life, shall we.
The frame is constructed out of wood with vinyl covering the seat and the back rest. I have recently shyed away from upholstered thrift store chairs, because of the dust and allergens. So, this was a perfect chair for me to tackle. I am a lover of spray-paint and will not hesitate to spray-paint anything. My goal for this project was to add a little pattern and a fresh look to my little chair.
- Painter’s Tape
- White Spray Paint
- Blue Spray Paint
My first step was to paint the vinyl seat, back and legs periwinkle blue with Krylon Fusion for plastic spray- paint. I allowed the paint to completely dry. Then, with a ruler, painter’s tape and a pencil I measured and marked every 2 inches of the seat. I applied painter’s tape in stripes where I previously marked with a pencil.
So, here is my favorite part. I laid out a simple chevron like design with masking tape on the chair seat. Basically a lot of “V” shapes. I started in the middle of the seat and worked my way out. Initially, I planned to repeat the same pattern on the back rest of the chair, but decided that it would be to busy looking. I am in love with this pattern. I have used it on everything from furniture, fabric to shoes. It’s clean, interesting and pretty all at the same time.
Once the seat was complete, I used painter’s tape to cover the last 5 inches of each chair leg. My goal was to have the last 5 inches remain blue to give the dipped look. With white gloss Krylon Fusion spray-paint I coated the entire chair several times.
After the white paint was completely dry, I removed the tape… always the most exciting part. Ta-da! I am so loving at the final product. I think that this chair has become new office desk chair.
I hope you enjoyed my Thrift Store Chair Makeover. For other craft projects and clever ideas please check my out at http://paperandfox.com/. Until then, I think I will be sitting pretty in my new ( thrifty) and cute desk chair.
Here is where my chair is usually located… underneath my mess desk. Don’t judge… I bet you have a messy desk too.
I hope you enjoyed my Thrift Store Makeover.
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