I am so excited to be able to show you the office chair we made-over! Not just because I think it is so fresh and fun, but because it means it is finally finished!
This is a makeover that honestly was begun about a year ago when my parents were visiting. A number of delays, such as lack of cute fabric and splattering spray paint (first go-around) have pushed this should-have-been-fairly-quick project to the back-burner for too long! Today I am happy to claim victory! It is a boring and basic office chair no more!
As you know, I am a little intimidated by my sewing machine, so this project would never have been completed if it hadn’t been for my mother, who I’m pretty sure is not intimidated by anything!
I don’t think she knew what grand visions I had for this chair when she started tearing into it. We took pictures of the process, in case you, like I, are unsure where to start. With this chair, the top portion comes off easily by unscrewing the black knob. There are small screws holding the black box inplace. Once unscrewed it shouldn’t be a problem to take it off. Flip the base of the chair up-side-down to unscrew the metal frame from the bottom cushion. The frame can now be spray painted. (We primed with a spray paint for plastic and finished the chair in Rustoleum’s Strawflower–a light muted yellow.)
To recover the top of the chair, you first have to pry off the back panel with a flat screwdriver or knife. Then come the tedious job of pulling out staples to free the fabric from the chair. You might have to be careful when separating the fabric from the foam so that it stays intact.
I don’t really have pictures of the rest of it. Mom used the flattened original fabric as a pattern for the new covers.
I finally found a fun, modern floral fabric that was heavy-duty enough and on-sale enough for me to be excited about! I believe it came from the outdoor fabric at Joann’s. Not sure that my mother approved of my fabric choice, but thankfully she didn’t boycott my project. Don’t you think we ought to trick our brains into thinking work is fun? The chair screamed tedium before. Now it looks like a party is happening at my desk!
Mom sewed up the pieces and gathered them around each section, then stapled the fabric securely on. I might have to double check with her on this one, but I believe the screws in the back through that box, secure the back panel to the rest of the top cushion. I am now realizing I should have sprayed the knob and the box. *sigh* I still might, but I’m not going to hold off on blogging this until I do.
I finally completed the spray-painted portion of the project over Spring Break (on the windiest day–cause I’m smart like that!). And BSB helped me screw everything back together–ready for use.
Something was amiss! At least I thought so, but BSB who had experience working in a furniture store, insisted that he had installed the top portion the appropriate way (Exhibit A), and really thought I was insane (what’s new?) when I had to flip it around to see what it would look like the other way (Exhibit B). I had been picturing it like this all along. When I finally dug up the old before pictures, I knew why…
It had apparently been on “wrong” the whole time! I think I prefer the line of Exhibit B from a style standpoint, and while BSB maintains that A is more comfortable since it was designed to go like that, I find them equally comfortable.
So I’m asking for your help! Will you please settle our marital dispute. Which orientation do you prefer for our funky office chair? Exhibit “A” (The right way according to BSB), or Exhibit “B” (The more retro/stylish option IMHO)? I’m dying to know!
At least maybe now, I’ll be more motivated to get that office area organized, since I’ll have a fun place to sit while doing it!