Souped Up Desk Chair On the Cheap Vol. I

This week is all about chairs:  three chairs, in fact!  We needed a bunch and I found a bunch and with a little time, TLC, paint and fabric, I was able to transform them into great additions to the spaces in our home.  Up today:  the chair for our desk in the kitchen.

A few weeks ago, I got an email from the Pottery Barn Outlet that made me run -- not walk, run -- to the store.  It was a buy one get one free sale on their dining room chairs.  And the chairs were all an additional 15% off of their sale prices.  I needed chairs for Big's desk, Little's desk and my kitchen desk, so I grabbed the kids and high-tailed it to Lancaster.  And we were not disappointed.  I ended up getting two chairs at the outlet for just $75 total.  Not bad for really well made chairs, no?  This is the chair I picked for the kitchen desk:

It is the Isabella chair, which retails for $140.  It was priced at the outlet for $88 minus the 15% discount (and then I got the second chair free - more on that chair in a future post) -- so about $75.  I got it in green, but they had black, red and one white at the outlet.  Unfortunately, the white chair had a big crack in the frame, which I did not feel like dealing with.  I knew I'd have to paint the chair and green seemed like the easiest color to paint over.   So green it was.  

I will note that I saw a seagrass chair there that I literally stopped in my tracks and drooled over.  It was a little pricier (I think it was around $100) but still less than the retail version at $160.   I loved it, but I'm practical and my cat would Destroy with a capital D it.  So that beauty stayed at the outlet.  

Back to my chair!  The original plan was to give this chair to Big for his desk.  Once we got home, he declared that he did not like the "straw" on the seat.  So, Plan B was to put it in the kitchen.  I think it fits a little better in the kitchen anyway.  Now I had to choose what color to paint the frame.  I knew I'd keep the rush seat for texture.  I thought about Comfort Grey, which is the color I used on the pedestal table in the kitchen or Waterscape, which is what I used on the entryway table (both Sherwin Williams colors, by the way). Ultimately, I decided that Dover White (like the rest of my chairs) was the way to go.  It took three coats to cover. Here it is painted:

And here it is with the rush seat back on!

I'm super thrilled with this transformation. What do you think?  Stay tuned for two more posts this week about chairs on the cheap!  

See you swoon,


  1. It looks great in your kitchen, and I love how the rush seat adds some texture. I'm laughing at Owen's comment about the "straw".

  2. Looks great! The white looks so fresh and clean! WAY better than the green.

  3. Thanks! I don't know why I even debated the color - it was almost a given I'd end up painting the chair white. Ha.

  4. White--so classic! I love the new look!

  5. you just need to move that jack lower and some research, I'm sure you can handle it.

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