Using a dining chair in the office
“Thinking outside the box”……this is so often my decorating mantra. And my dilemma today fits in this category.
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I needed an office chair for my new craft room and art studio.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an office chair? Probably some sort of ergonomic chair on wheels. And that’s exactly what I had in mind, too. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that seemed like it would look right in the space, be functional for my needs, be reasonably priced, and be attractive.
Then I got to thinking, “why do I need an ergonomic chair on wheels?” I’m not going to use it like a regular office chair. I won’t be sitting in it for 8 hours a day. And there’s no need for me to go rolling around the room!
Fortunately, I found just what I needed and it was right in my dining room. You see, I bought a set of chairs at an estate sale about a year ago. It was one of those “can’t pass it up deals”.
But I did not sell my first set and now I have a plethora of dining chairs in two different styles. I grabbed one of the new ones and set it in my studio and it looked like it was meant to be. Who says there’s a problem with using a dining chair in the office?! Not me:)
The size looked right in the room, it’s functional and very comfortable, it didn’t cost me anything extra, and the style was attractive. It checked all the boxes…..
All except for the hot pink and black fabric.
I had previously ordered fabric to recover these chairs from a site called OnlineFabricStore.net.
Luckily, the fabric looked great in both the dining room and in the office. There’s something to be said for having a color or two that you use throughout your home. If you’ve seen the rest of my rooms, then you know that for me, that color is blue.
Now I needed to buckle down and reupholster a chair.
Re-covering the dining/office chair
Truthfully, this is not my favorite job. I sew and upholster occasionally because it’s helpful for my budget and honestly, I usually have something very specific in mind that I want but can’t typically find it ready-made.
At least it’s not a wingback chair!
The first thing I did was to remove the old fabric and use the pieces as templates to cut out the new fabric.
I know some of you might cringe because I’m ripping off this high-quality fabric. It really is very nice fabric….thick and embroidered. But I just can’t live with hot pink and black. It looks totally out of place in my home.
So I’m replacing expensive fabric that I don’t like with less expensive fabric that I do like. 😉
No turning back now!
While removing the old fabric, I could tell that the chairs had been re-done professionally at some point. The batting underneath looked brand new.
You really need an upholstery gun like this if you are going to do more than one chair. It’s sooo much easier than using a hand-held staple gun. I’ve used both and there’s really no comparison.
After I attached the fabric, I needed to cover the staples. The chair was previously trimmed with hot pink double welt cord. This time, I used this navy blue gimp trim to cover the staples and now the front is done!
I also wanted a different fabric for the back of the chair seat….an added detail to make things more interesting.
There was a thick burlap sack that had just been sitting on top of a basket in my living room. And I thought it would be perfect.
I decided ahead of time that I didn’t want to completely re-do the chair back, so I would need to cover over the hot pink velvet instead of removing it. Because of this, I also had to choose a trim to go around the inside back edge. And I thought it would look best if it blended in with the fabric, so I chose a narrow jute rope trim….
It’s pretty rare for me to leave wood furniture alone. Usually, I end up restaining or repainting just about everything. In this case, the chair frames are pretty neutral. So, for now, I left them as is. I can’t guarantee that they’ll stay that way, though! 😉
I really love how the chair turned out!
Now I need to get busy recovering the other 5 dining chairs! 😅
The one tool I did not have when reupholstering this chair was a pair of angled scissors for trimming the fabric after stapling. I’m definitely going to buy a pair of these angled scissors or these scissors before I tackle the other chairs.
Using a dining chair in the office definitely saved me some money. But I also wanted to save a little more of the budget by building some DIY art ledges.
Building the art ledges
My husband cut some pine boards and attached them together to create these U-shaped shelves.
The back piece of each shelf is 3.5 inches high. The bottom piece of each one is 2.5 inches deep. Each shelf is 4 feet long.
After he put them together, I lightly sanded them and gave them a coat of water-based stain.
Then we hung them to the wall. The walls in this room are wood, so it was easy to attach the shelves with screws. On a sheetrock or plaster wall, you would need to find the studs.
Here are the depth and the front lip dimensions of the shelves. The top two shelves have the same front lip height, while the bottom one is a bit taller. We did this because I couldn’t make up my mind about how high I wanted them. 😊
The bottom shelf, with its taller front edge, might be better suited to larger art. But in the end, I prefer the look of the top two shelves. All three shelves have the same depth (the projection off of the wall)…..
The purpose of these art ledges is to have a place to display my oil paintings and to be a visual reminder to myself of how I’m progressing. I’m a beginner at oil painting and have been taking online classes for a few months. Here are the shelves styled with one of my paintings.
This is just a sneak peek. I filled the shelves with my paintings and they really look good en masse.
These shelves were super inexpensive, but they pack a big design punch in the room. I’m very pleased with how they turned out.
Art and Crafting Studio To-do List:
paint walls and (possibly) ceiling (decided against painting the ceiling) paint colorful, stenciled concrete floor re-paint desk area address lighting and ceiling fan (give it a DIY makeover!) order window shade (install shade) find and buy a pine table (refinishing pine table) figure out storage needs, buy baskets that fit, & then organize buy office chair (used a dining chair in the office!) decide on a rug (I love the floor so much, that I’m not adding a rug!) make art ledges
- make open shelves
get new cabinet hardware cover plastic storage drawers figure out oil paint storage
- decor items
Have you found any other makeovers to follow on the One Room Challenge site? You can check them out here.
I hope you come back next week, when I finally show the full reveal of this craft room and art studio!