The marathon of furniture makeovers continues! I really do have some other posts up my sleeve, like a series sharing my creative process and a decorating dilemma I am working on for a reader, but I have a huge backlog of pieces I’ve finished that I just have to share! I spend all day in the studio with them and I can feel the stink eye from the pieces that haven’t had their turn in the limelight.
Some of them are such divas.
So, today I’m sharing two makeovers, because they made sense to shoot together – a desk and a desk chair…
This desk chair is one of the pieces that has been languishing in the to-do stash for months. I think since last August. This poor chair was sad, with it’s split pleather seat and cockeyed back, but it was cheap and I knew I could do something with it.
I started out by painting the metal part of the base and back in MMSMP Linen…
Milk paint sticks really well to most metals without the Bonding Agent, so I just painted it straight on. This metal wasn’t glossy, though. It was very dull and rough with age, so the paint was able to grab the surface.
I gave it a light sanding with a fine-grit sanding sponge, just to knock the newness off the paint and finished it with Hemp Oil for durability and to take the finish from dead flat to matte. That suited the chair better in my eyes.
As most of you know, I do upholstery, but the way the seat of this chair was constructed was foreign to me, so I went with a slipcover. It’s made out of antique hemp sheets, trimmed in new hemp canvas (that’s a little darker for contrast), with twill ribbon ties to keep the seat cover and back on.
I didn’t make a tutorial for this one, because I was totally figuring out as I went. It was tricky getting that back tied on! I think the ties ended up looking a little like pigtails, which makes me smile every time they catch my eye in the studio.
The seat cover is very similar to my dining chair slipcovers, so you can check out that tutorial HERE.
I styled the desk with other things that will be for sale at Lucketts…a faded pine cabinet door, a baby slip with a crochet edge, a Big Ben alarm clock…
…and an alabaster lamp with a new linen shade from Target.
Just a tip when shade shopping, always take your lamp with you, so you can try shades on. Sometimes it’ll surprise you which color, texture, pattern, size and scale looks best.
This “desk” is actually a drop leaf table without the leaves. It has been in my house for years and I’ve used it as a desk and a foyer table, but it always felt a little lackluster.
We painted it in two coats of MMSMP Grain Sack, lightly sanded the edges (plus it chipped a little here and there), and finished it with Hemp Oil. It’s just much softer and I feel like you can appreciate the turn of the legs and the detail of box joints better.
The studio is filling up with pretty things, but it’s a bit of a beautiful mess at the moment. It’s about time to do some major furniture rearranging to get things under control!