I am going Chronicle-wild around these parts. It is time to take a jog back to The Master Bedroom Chronicles. We are in Step 4 or as the New Kids on the Block would say, "Step Four. I can give you more."
Step 4: Redo an old chair for the desk.
Wooooooooooo! A peak at the after photo first!
Once again, I am a bit of a lame-o when it comes to having a proper before photo. The chair was a brown chair with a fake leather seat cover. It came free with my art deco vanity on Craigslist. I didn't even want it, but they insisted it was part of the deal. So, I took it.
|You can see the black, fake leather seat pad in this photo.|
I am glad they forced it on me because now I love the chair and am not so fond of the vanity.
This chair lived in the garage for the first two years that I had it. I was under the impression that the seat would be almost impossible to remove and reupholster. I had done some investigating and that was my conclusion. A couple of years later, I took another look. Maybe it was that I had a little more DIYing under my belt. Maybe I was blind the first time I looked. But, as you might be able to see from the photo, this chair is very modify-able!
I started the project immediately after realizing my mistake. Usually, I like to think about things, write some lists, look at lots of photos online, write some more lists. Then, about 3 months later I may take the first step in the project. This time, I was so excited that I went straight to seat-ripping.
Next, I painted part of it yellow and part of it grey. It turns out I didn't like yellow or grey. I liked the original brown color. So, I had a sanding party. I taught that yellow, grey, and brown paint a lesson.
I picked out a brown, glossy spray paint. I found out that glossy was probably not the best idea. As you can tell from the photos, I could not get the chair sanded down perfectly and the inconsistencies will show up a lot more with a gloss finish than with a flat finish.
Next up... break out the fabric stash. I found the perfect one right away (because I am a crazy lady with an enormous bin of fabric who doesn't even sew). I am obsessed with this Amy Butler fabric.
I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat cushion.
Spray paint time! The key to good spray painting it patience! I like to do 3-5 thin coats about 3 hours apart (depending on what the can recommends). I am not a patient person. I want to spray up a storm and get it all done in one shot. But everyone knows what that leads to- drip city and thick, gooey paint that peels off easier and just doesn't work out.
Usually, I try to save up my spray painting to do list for one big paint extravaganza. Since I will already be spending lots of time waiting for one project to dry I hardly notice if I throw a few extra projects in.
Other spray painting tips:
- sand before you paint
- don't spray very close
- wear gloves
- use a mask
- have good ventilation
- lots of drying time
Step 1: Move in. Throw a bunch of random stuff into the room and live with it for a while to figure out how we wanted to use the space.
Step 2: Rearrange the furniture and add a seating area.
Step 3: Redo a desk with a funky chevron pattern.
Step 4: Redo an old chair for the desk.
Step 5: New comforter and lamps.
Step 6: Headboard, Part 1
Step 7: Make some wedding related art.
Step 8: New entertainment center.
Step 9: Add some new art
Step 10: Headboard, Part 2. Finishing touches. Try to bring it all together.
The New Kids on the Block's Step by Step:
Step 1: We can have lots of fun
Step 2: There's so much we can do
Step 3: It's just you for me
Step 4: I can give you more
Step 5: Don't you know that the time has arrived. HUH!
|cover image of another cassette that I wore out from here|
Donnie, you are lookin' COOOL!
Here is a little reminder of what the Master Bedroom turns into after all of the steps are complete:
You want more chronicles? You're ready for the next chapter of The Master Bedroom Chronicles? I am sorry to tell you that it's not here yet. But go ahead and catch up on the rest of your stories: The Nursery Chronicles and The Bonus Room Chronicles.
WYR... Get home and there is a deer in your kitchen. It didn't mess anything up getting in but you have to deal with getting it out.
or your house smells like pickles for a month.
This WYR is from Scott courtesy of a 6 hour drive.