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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Before and After Faux Bamboo Desk Chair

I have been on the hunt for a good desk chair for the glass-topped sawhorse desk in my bedroom.  I found this one several months ago, but thanks to baby #2 on the way (!) I haven't had much time or energy to do anything with the chair.  Enter the second trimester and I am back on the DIY project horse... 

I loved the faux bamboo detailing of the chair, but the finish and fabric weren't much to look at.  But those are both such an easy fix.  I know this chair isn't a piece of fine furniture- it probably has its roots in a Florida motel, like so much faux bamboo on the market today.  As such, I don't mind adding a little spray paint and fabric to it.

First I removed the cushion.  It was screwed to the bottom of the chair, so all you need is the appropriate screwdriver.

Next step was to spray paint the frame.  I used Rustoleum's Glossy White.

The seat cushion was in good shape and had nice welting, but the pattern and colors were awful.  I used a seam ripper to remove the welting.  My chair would look better if I added welting in my own fabric, but it's 10000 times easier to not mess with that.

Since the chair is going in my bedroom, I used my main bedroom fabric of bamboo and birds on a light green background.

Here is a little glimpse of my bedroom.  More pictures to come when I make a couple more changes...

 After painting the frame and removing the welting from the cushion, all I had to do was staple the fabric to the seat.

Then I screwed the newly upholstered seat back on to the newly painted frame.

 Easy easy!  It's just what I need for my desk.

Have you tackled any DIY projects lately?

13 comments:

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Beautiful job on the chair! I just spray painted some large seashells with silver paint yesterday - they look great! I plan to use them on tops of stacks of books, on tablescapes, etc. It was fast, easy and best of all I didn't get frustrated! :)

Corlines said...

Yay Sarah!! Congrats on baby #2!!!

kayce hughes said...

Love the chair. I am on the hunt for faux bamboo for my new store in Chattanooga.

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

CONGRATS!!!! Oh, and love the chair :)

traci zeller designs said...

YAY for Baby #2!! SOOOO exciting!!! The chair looks great!

Stylebeat said...

Looking good! This is about as diy as I go!
x

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Congrats on baby #2! It is amazing how much more energy is lost being preggo AND taking care of a little guy. I was not ready for that during my first trimester with my second! Exciting times though! And the chair looks great too :)

Lalla said...

Love that chair and fabric! Great DIY!

TN Mimi said...

Very nice!

Anonymous said...

Great job - especially when pregnant! I have multiple projects languishing and don't even have that excuse :) I've done chairs like this in the past, but just started tackling reupholstering french bergere chairs - much harder than I expected. Any tips for reupholstering classes or resources in the DC area to learn from?

Michelle said...

Girl! you are tearing it up!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Congratulations on baby number 2! Very exciting news. Great job on the chair -- looks fab!

PinkPanthress said...

Love the texture it has in the after image! Very fitting... :)

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