Tuesday, November 10, 2009

~The Office Chair~

The story of the "Office Chair". This little chair started out in a garage sale where my dear friend Jackie found her, Jackie cleaned her up and put a new seat cover on her and brought her to work to reside in her office for many, many years. The stories this little chair could tell, I think everyone at work has sat in this chair at one time or another to tell Jackie their woes (Jackie is a wonderful listener).

Jackie retired and the little "Office Chair" went to stay with my other sweet friend Shirley and to reside with her for many, many more years, until Shirley retired just a few weeks ago (I miss my friends).
You can click to enlarge any photo if you like.
As you can see the little "Office Chair" came home with me! and I could not help myself but to give her a new look!.
The first thing I did was take the seat off and remove the fabric, Jackie how many staples did you use? I was talking to you as I was removing them one by one. LOL.

Then I sanded her for what seemed to be forever and then I clued on four little flower medallions that I purchased from Lowes.
All sanded and ready to paint.
I used spray paint its much faster then the old paint brush.
And Wa-La here she is, with fresh paint and a new seat cover, that I made out of the left over drop cloth that I used for our bedroom curtains.
I sanded and distressed her to give her the vintage look.

Aww, but then I could not get Becky's slip chair covers out of my mind, we all know Becky from "Sweet Cottage Dreams" we love Becky. Well I just had to copy her, I mean borrow her idea (hehe).
I added pleats.

I also lined the inside. I love the new look of the little "Office Chair". She will have a new office to reside in here at home with us. It only seems fitting she stays in the office.


Beverly said...

What a great transformation for that little "office chair" The cover you made from your drop cloth really fasinates me. Who thinks to use a drop cloth? It will probably never wear out. I have some old chairs in the shed. I may have to "borrow" your idea. I love that it has a skirt and not just a seat cover.

10 Minute Crafter said...

The chair looks GREAT!! You did an awesome job.

Sheryn xox

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Well she certainly isn't dressed for the office any more!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a wondeful transformation! I love the flower medallions that you added, and I did see Becky's post on the skirted chair cover. Your's turned out amazing too!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How nice! I love the little medalions that you used and the skirt gives it the final touch. Very nice!

Becky said...

That just turned out so adorable! Fantastic job!

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

I loooooooove that sweet lil chair.
You did an amazing job....the skirt is perfect.

when you retire can it come and stay with me????? :-)


Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

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ouuuu my dream car

Chris said...

Well done! I love that the chair has such history. "If that chair could talk..." LOL! Lucky chair to go home with you.

Connie said...

Darling, honey!! I never can seem to find those things I see around blogland that have been refurbished! I'll have to "look better" I suppose.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

You did a fantastic job on this chair make over! It's beautiful! Enjoy your day! Twyla

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a precious little occasional chair! I LOVE chairs and have to constrain myself from buying more and more of them! My girlfriend in Connecticut had 18 in her living room alone..of coure it was a large room but still! 18!! :) I loved it. She still has them..and then some!

This little chair is charming and comes with a history which just adds to it's value! I am still in awe of your "drop cloth" usage!! :) Makes me smile in delight every time I think of it!! WONDERFUL!! JUST WONDERFUL!

Jackie said...

That office chair went from practical to beautiful. It will never grace the halls of our old research institution again. I think you actually "retired" her and she has a new job. Ya know, we never put enough padding on the seat, so my ears didn't have to listen to too many for too long! As always, E, another fantastic job.
Jackie, the person "listener"

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! Your Bedroom is BEAUTIUL!!! I love it. Your so crafty and the chair came out wonderful too.....My hubby won't let me change anything at least for a few more years...LOL! How have you and gary been? pleasantly busy from the looks of your blog. Thank you for all the sweet comments you left me it's good to be back. Have a great day! Hugs, Jennifer

Cottage Rose said...

What a wonderful story of a most beloved chair... Elizabeth you did an amazing job on her... love all the gorgeous pleats you did... love it.. and I am sure her last two owners will agree how pretty she is... and well loved..


Melinda said...

Hi Elizabeth--

The chair looks very lovely!
You did a wonderful job!


PS: Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment. Come back soon.

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Jaclynn_kyuss said...

This is adorable.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Love the new white chair; good job! Thank you for your visit today and I hope you have a beautiful day.


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Good morning Elizabeth....

Oh my gosh...I GASPED as I scrolled down. She is, indeed, ADORABLE. Don'tcha just love those dropcloths? Who knew? I'm going to be doing an office chair with them too....but it's that NASTY swivel number. I love your makeover...Great job.

Yep, can't wait to fire the new girl up. Sometimes when I type on this one it takes a second for the type to appear, so you can't tell if a mistake's been drives me CRAZY.... :-)


nannykim said...

I especially love the little rosette thingies you put on the cair back!! WOW

Carolyn said...

You did a great job on the chair-it is lovely.


M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow! What a difference, Elizabeth. You do such beautiful work!!

Monica said...

OMG Elizabeth!!! What a fabulous makeover!! I love the easy way you painted it white, and the skirt is just divine!! Definitely a GREAT job!
Thank you for your fun and sweeet comment, it's always a pleasure to have you visit!

Juniper Hill Antiques said...

What a wonderful transformation! I love the fact that one piece of furniture can have many different lives, if only it could talk! I enjoy your blog!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Elizabeth!! WOW! Look at how CUTE the chair turned out! I love the medallions that you used, too. GREAT job on the slipcover! AND you LINED it as!


Shirleyanne said...

Hello Elizabeth,
Wow! Really love what you've you've done to this chair.
A beautiful make-over.
Very inspiring.

Thanks for all your lovely comments you leave on my blog.

Kind Regads

Mami said...

Wishing you all peace, joy and blessing at Christmas
and all the very best for the New Year, 2010.