When I bought the desk that went on and on it didn’t come with a chair. I always feel some things are incomplete without a chair. I think a chair and desk is like love and marriage, they go together. I know I have a ton of chairs in my garage except none of them went with the desk.
When I went Pickin with my Pickin Sisters I got two chairs. The one I really liked didn’t fit under the desk. I ended up redoing it and putting it in my booth, Shoppe No. 5 as an occasional chair. The other chair did fit and then I realized it also fit in with the design of the stencil and wrapping paper that I used to perk up the desk drawers.
When I start a project I always like to have everything on hand so when I am ready to go it’s there. I decided to check out Walmart for material. I brought a piece of wrapping paper to compare it to the fabric. I found the same pattern as the paper but it was a fat quarter and I didn’t want to chance it being too small. Then I found the fabric I ended up using. It has the dark gray of the desk along with the white and medium gray. Actually I took the fabric to Sherwin-Williams to match the dark gray in the fabric.
Fortunately for my sanity the chair didn’t take as long as the desk. I started the project by taking off the seat and removing the old material. If you are going to redo a chair with an upholstered seat I highly recommend buying an upholstery stapler remover. This is an old chair. The padding is the cotton padding used long ago. Surprisingly it was in excellent shape but I always prefer to freshen things up and used new foam and batting. I used the old material as the pattern to cut out the new fabric.
My favorite tool, the compressor and stapler made short work of updating the chair seat.
Of course I used the same technique I used when I painted the desk. The first coat of the DIY chalk paint was in the medium gray. I used 2 coats. The formula I like is one part Plaster of Paris mixed with enough water to a pancake or crepe like consistency and then three parts of paint. I then did another coat of the medium gray for full coverage. The third coat of DIY chalk paint was in the charcoal gray. I did sand lightly between coats, very lightly distressing the chair to match the desk.
The final step was to wax the chair in the clear and then I went back over it with the dark wax, buffing it between coats.
The brand new seat cushion went back on the chair and the chair and desk went together like love and marriage.
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