Souped Up Desk Chair On the Cheap Vol. II

Up today is part 2 of 3 in a series on how I transformed a bunch of chairs that I scored at great deals for the kids' desks and my kitchen desk! I've already revealed the transformation of the first chair that I got at the Pottery Barn Outlet, which went in my kitchen.  Today is the chair I got for Little's desk.  Here it is before I did a little magic on it:


This chair was free!  It was part of a buy-one-get-one-free sale at the outlet.  Even without that promotion, it was a great deal at only $38 because it had a nick in the back of the frame of the chair, which was really visible (more on that in a second).



It is the Hayden Chair and retails for $249!  I will repeat: I got it for F-R-E-E.  Swooooooon.  Of course it would not do as-is.  First thing I did was address the nick in the back.  I just used a little wood putty over it, let it dry, sanded it down and it was good as new.  


Once the repair was taken care of, I decided to paint it pink!  I have 5 cans of "ballet slipper" spray paint that I scored from Sherwin Williams a few months ago. They were liquidating their supply of several colors and I guess there wasn't a real demand for a soft pink.  I got the cans on clearance for $1.50 each I think.  I knew I'd find a use for them, so I grabbed them.  Even though I had really bad luck with spraying chairs before, I decided to try it again.  I reasoned that this time I had more than enough paint.  So I used some oil based primer and then braved the spray paint.   I am happy to report it worked fine - I just used 3 cans of the paint for full, even coverage.  See?


I wanted to upholster the seat and used a pink toile that I've had laying around in my stash for years.  {I'll do a tutorial on how I made the hard seat super cushy soft and pretty when I post the reveal of Big's desk chair soon.


Here's the whole she-bang all together again!


It's come a long way, baby!  Here's a quick before and after for you:

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after
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What do you think?  I am thrilled with my two chairs so far.  Up next will be Big's desk chair complete with tutorial on how to upholster the seat.  Stay tuned! 

See you swoon,

9 comments:

  1. Wow what a transformation, I love the pink and the toile is just adorable!!! Love it!

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  2. It's so sweet! Very perfect for Molly's princess room :)

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  3. So pretty! She's going to feel like a princess sitting in it!

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  4. Loving to toile! Perfect for Molly's room!

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  5. Loving THE toile. Darn phone...

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  6. I'm a sucker for a nice toile. Gorgeous!

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  7. Wow! That looks amazing! I love the fabric and the paint color choice!

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  8. Thanks everyone! Molly loves her pink chair and is asking when her desk will be ready. I have the desk - just need some time to touch up the paint!

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