A long, loooong time ago I bought an old chair that needed refinishing at a local Salvation Army. A classic swivel desk chair it was a pretty pale yellow color with brassy wheels.
It had a split down the middle of the seat and needed some slight repairs but it also happened to be the perfect height for a small girl.
The process was simple. I started with cleaning it well and using the Goo Gone to remove the sticker that was on it from the thrift store.
I took apart the swivel legs from the seat. I cleaned off the mechanism, but otherwise left it alone.
Next I wiped it down with a lightly damp cloth and some all-purpose cleaner.
Then I used wood filler to touch up some nicks and the crack. This was a process since it needed to dry, get sanded down, another layer was applied, sanded again, and then the same process was repeated.
Then I had to wipe it down thoroughly again and wait for a good day to spray paint it.
When we had a good weather day (not too windy, sunny, and warm) I was able to spray paint it lightly and following the directions did a second and then third coat waiting an hour in between each one.
I also removed the brassy wheels and spray painted them to match the swivel-a rusty brown color.
It took a lot of time from our purchase to the final result, but in the end the wait was worth it.
Having a desk space of your own is such an important thing for kids as they get older. It’s not only a homework spot, but it allows her to set up her space to draw, paint, read, or sculpt without having to clean up the mess because it’s dinnertime.
This project cost approximately $45.
- Chair $20
- Paint $8.99
- Cushion $14.99
- Ikea- Hissom/Nipen Desk
- Ikea- Cushion (similar to this one)
- Chair- Salvation Army
- Spray Paint- True Value
- Love- all mine 😉
Does it take you a long time to DIY like me or are you a ‘get it done’ kind of DIYer?