I hope you love this good before and after desk and chair makeover as much as I do. This old library school desk and antique chair was quite the makeover and the before and after did not disappoint me! This beautiful solid wood, old library school desk I found for a steal at a flea market for only $15. It was perfect for my cloffice that I have been working on. The old antique chair was also a flea market find for $8.
The dresser is solid wood with two large drawers in the front for plenty of storage. It just needed some love and care. There was quite a few marker stains on the top and the inside of the drawers were full of writing.
I fell in love with this beautiful chair when I seen it and it was only $8. The fabric needed redone and there was a lot of scratches on the chair and needed a good sanding.
the old desk makeover
Firstly, I sanded the top down with 80 grit sandpaper, and was surprised to see the beautiful grain that was hidden under stains and a chipping varnish. I used Minwax Early American stain to stain the top of the desk. It ended up needing 2 coats of the stain.
For the base of the desk, I decided to go with gray. The Parador Stone by BEHR Paint was the perfect combination to the pretty wood top. Two coats of paint was all it took.
I found the beautiful hardware at Hobby Lobby to attach to the drawer fronts.
old chair makeover
It really is amazing what a difference paint and new fabric can make to update and brighten an antique chair that was looking a bit dull and worn out before. I started with taking the old cushion off and sanding down the chair with 80 grit sandpaper. I used the same gray, Parador Stone by BEHR Paint that I had used on my desk. It took 3 coats to make sure the entire chair was covered and smooth.
The beautiful material, I found at Hobby Lobby to re-upholster the chair.
Here is how I upholstered my chair:
You will need:
- Flat head screwdriver and pliers
- Sheet of foam ( I used the existing seat cushion )
- Upholstery fabric
- Staple gun and staples
- Use a flat head screwdriver and pliers to remove all the old staples. This took a long time to remove all the staples!
- If you aren’t reusing the old foam, cut a new cushion from a sheet of foam from the craft store.
- Center the fabric under the foam and seat bottom. Make sure the pattern is centered.
- Using the staple gun, tack the fabric onto the seat bottom on the center of each side. Next, staple from the center of each side towards the corners, stopping about two inches from the corner. Fold up the fabric at the corner and tack it to the bottom of the seat.
Now for my favorite part, The Before and After of the desk and chair makeover. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a makeover that went well. I love how my desk and chair turned out.
before and after of the desk and chair makeover
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