I’ve been hanging out at the thrift store again, and so today’s project is another inexpensive furniture makeover. This time, was this reddish desk chair with a nasty microfiber seat. It isn’t an old piece, in fact, it probably came from a big box store, but it was solid wood and I liked the lines. Especially the cutout in the back.Plus, you couldn’t beat the three dollar price tag! It was an ugly fake reddish color and the seat was a MESS! But i knew it could be easily salvaged!
First thing I did was remove the seat and reupholster it with some french script fabric I got from Online Fabric Store. If you look at the full print repeat on the actual fabric, you can see there are some more colorful areas on the print, but I avoided them so I could have the black and white look.
I used my T50 elite Staple gun to do the upholstery work and it worked great.
This is what the seat looked like finished, but I still didn’t like the red wood color.
So I sanded the entire chair body down with my palm and random orbit sanders.Then I wiped them down to degrease them with Lysol wipes (my secret painting weapon)!I decided to prime the chair.. I probably didn’t have to, since i was painting it black, but I did because the finish was so uneven after sanding. I used Kilz Oil Based Primer (only because it was the only primer I had on hand that was tinted) I wouldn’t recommend it. I’d use regular old Kilz Max latex.
I painted the entire chair black and then I used a small paint brush with Modern Masters Metallic Gold to do the horizontal edges of the chair back. I wanted to bring out the shape of the little “heart” and circle cut outs.
It came out really cool, since when you look at the chair straight on, it doesn’t show.. but when you catch the light at an angle.. it shimmers!
The final chair looks so much better! Less like a big box office chair and more like a vintage piece of furniture.
Plus the unexpected bling gives it way more personality than a simple black chair!Not bad for a three dollar investment!
And if you love gold metallic, don’t forget I used this same Gold Metallic and Black color combination on my spool organizer and I love how it looks there as well:
And in my mom’s laundry room we went crazy with the metallics!
I’m going to need an intervention!