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Before and After: Office Chair

I’ve been planning on organizing my office for quite awhile, but the last few months of school made it nearly impossible to get anything of substance done.  I have a laundry list of projects/goals that I need to get done including adding shelving to the closet (to hold the majority of my books & magazines), painting the top 1.5 inches of the wall (thought I would be installing crown moulding, but it doesn’t look like it . . . ), and sourcing and refinishing a new (to me) desk & chair. Well I found and finished the desk, and recently finished a dining chair I’ve repurposed as an office chair.  Here’s the before:

I chose this chair because it was in excellent condition and had just the lines I was looking for!  I wanted something with a straighter back (to provide support while I’m toiling away at my desk) and yet still have classically feminine lines.

My favorite details are the fluted legs and the scalloped back, and if I had to guess, I would say this chair is what I imagine a modern Sheraton chair to look like (if you added leg stretchers), but unfortunately I have no clue where/who it’s from!    Regardless of  its origin, for only $12, this fit the bill perfectly.

After a quick application of primer, I sprayed the chair a bright, glossy white and decided to use Kravet’s Sommers fabric in the Atlantic colorway.

I love the modern print, and the variations of blue in the fabric are the perfect complement to my wall color (think Benjamin Moore’s Brittany Blue).  After adding additional batting and reattaching the cushion, here’s a look at my completed chair.

After allowing it to cure and off-gass for a few days, my office chair is finally ready to go, and it’s the perfect complement to my campaign desk.  My next project is making (or sourcing) a large bulletin board for the area above my desk–stay tuned!

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32 Comments on Before and After: Office Chair

  1. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage
    June 21, 2010 at 7:37 am (7 years ago)

    I find so many of these chair, I pass them up, but I love the makeover. Like you have so may projects to finish, I don’t know where to get started.

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  2. Adrienne
    June 21, 2010 at 8:21 am (7 years ago)

    I am really feeling this before and after. You made the look of this chair so fresh and clean!

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  3. niki.mac
    June 21, 2010 at 9:02 am (7 years ago)

    I love this look! I recently acquired a whole dining set and I’m thinking of ways to make it over. Did you have to sand the chair before the primer? Mine are in a dark stain and I’m thinking I want to spray mine too..

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  4. Dayka (Life +Style)
    June 21, 2010 at 9:46 am (7 years ago)

    thanks, adrienne!

    @ niki–i didn’t, because it was already in great condition. it was very easy!

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  5. Flavia @ Estilo Home
    June 21, 2010 at 10:05 am (7 years ago)

    It looks great! The chair has such a great design, and looks great with the fabric you chose.

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  6. Sharstin
    June 21, 2010 at 10:15 am (7 years ago)

    looks awesome girly! you are always doing fun projects~

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  7. Mrs. Chic
    June 21, 2010 at 11:25 am (7 years ago)

    It looks great, I like the fabric your choose – very pretty.

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  8. Full House
    June 21, 2010 at 11:33 am (7 years ago)

    That chair is AWESOME. It has really great lines and I love it with the updated look. Don’t forget to share pictures if you ever finish the whole space:-)

    xx – CB

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  9. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    June 21, 2010 at 11:56 am (7 years ago)

    Perfect to work with your newly finished desk! Wish we could see a pic of the two together. Is that coming in the big reveal at the end?

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  10. L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys
    June 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Great Job, hun! Love the lines of this chair! And the fabric is dreamy!

    Hey, when you have free time, lets do lunch!

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  11. Dayka (Life +Style)
    June 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm (7 years ago)

    yes! i will share phptos wen i’m done and didn’t show the 2 together because i’m still figuring out the bulletin board situation.

    @lakeitha–definitely!

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  12. thelennoxx
    June 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm (7 years ago)

    The chair turned out HAWT! So chic, love the frame AND the fabric. It went from drab and ordinary to total chic-ness =)

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  13. chair up
    June 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Your chair looks beautiful. You have done such a great job, well done:o)
    Angex

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  14. Jesse
    June 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Perfection!

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  15. Averill
    June 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Love it! The lines of that chair are great — and you chose a great fabric for the seat. Can’t wait to see the whole office, Dayka!

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  16. Kelle Dame
    June 22, 2010 at 9:35 am (7 years ago)

    I love DIY’s with before and after pics! It’s beautiful my dear! I can’t wait to see the rest of the office!

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  17. charmaine
    June 22, 2010 at 9:56 am (7 years ago)

    Love the chair and the fabric! Great job. Can’t wait to see your office.

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  18. Laura
    June 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm (7 years ago)

    Great transformation!

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  19. paula
    June 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm (7 years ago)

    I love her!

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  20. Julia
    June 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm (7 years ago)

    That fabric is to die for. I love your blog design as well. It’s so clean and pretty.

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  21. Anna
    June 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm (7 years ago)

    I have a similar chair I did for my office. Love the fabric you chose!

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  22. Q.
    July 1, 2010 at 10:00 am (7 years ago)

    love it! you inspired me. i went out and found a chair. i’ll post when i get back from vacation. 🙂

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  23. LindsB
    July 9, 2010 at 9:51 am (7 years ago)

    I have the same fabric, I should do the same thing- love this chair!

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  24. Hello Lover...
    July 19, 2010 at 6:47 am (7 years ago)

    It turned out great! i love that fabric!

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  25. Pitstop Racing
    June 16, 2011 at 2:29 am (6 years ago)

    Hi…Your post really got me thinking man….. an intelligent piece ,I must say.

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  26. Jackie
    July 30, 2012 at 12:26 am (5 years ago)

    Very Classy. Love the chair.

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