Let me start off with a little background info. Before moving to this current house (Yuma base housing), we had our nice wooden computer desk in our spare room. This house came with a built-in computer desk that is in the landing at the top of the stairs and with a smaller spare room, we decided to put our computer there and store the desk for now. While it's not a bad little computer nook, the location is awful and I can't think of another way to use that built-in desk and not have it look out of place. It's the first thing you seen when you walk up the stairs. Until now, I've had a blue fabric-upholstered office chair at the desk - while comfortable and functional, it's not exactly what I want to look at the back of every time I go up the stairs. For a while, I've been thinking of how nice it would be to get a nicer chair to put at the computer desk.
After I've taken the seat off...
Here's the chair after I stained it. See how well it blended?...okay, so it didn't blend - guess it has that rustic, weathered look? I already had stain from a bench I did a year and a half ago, so I just used it. It's a bit of a cherry color.
When I took the upholstery off, I discovered that the old padding was pretty sad, so I bought new padding from JoAnn Fabric that was less than $4 after my 40% off coupon.
And this is me going to town with the staple gun. I have my knees on the wooden bottom of the seat and am stapling the fabric. Maybe I didn't do the padding quite right or the fabric wasn't thick enough, put it puckers a bit from the staples.....again, the perfectionist in me is a little disappointed. I bought 3/4 of a yard of fabric from Wal-mart for $1.50.
If I had to do this again, I think I would have just painted the chair (not stained it). It would have looked really cute painted white and distressed with a light blue upholstered seat, but that wouldn't fit into my decor. Am I in love? No. Am I thrilled down to my toes about how it turned out? No. Did I learn a few things from this? Yes. The total cost for this chair was about $10, so I can't complain too much. And, it satisfied the green in me - it's recycled.