Wood Desk Chair Makeover with Behr Marquee
The other day Rob and I were driving to have a little date night with a supper out when we saw that the fair had set up in town. It was dark and the bright neon lights on the rides were like nothing I’d ever seen before. The ferris wheel was amazing with animated lights that pulsed and danced and even made swirling shapes that were a bit discombobulating. Though we were both hungry my Rob pulled over into the parking lot and tossed me his phone (I had forgotten mine) so I could stand outside and take tons of pics of the pretty lights.
While I was snapping he said “I love that about you.” In the car he explained that I get excited about the smallest things and that it’s nice to be around. I explained that I will probably always be that girl inside that freaks outover animals and glitter and loves the color pink. In the past I was told that those were things that I should have grown out of by now, it would seem, however, that at 35 I’m pretty well stuck with these personality traits!
So whenever I decide I want a hot pink mixer for the kitchen Rob is all “I like the green but get the pink if you prefer it. Can’t wait to see it in person!” rather than “why don’t we go with a more normal color?”
And when I ask him to help me put up a Christmas tree in the middle of October he’s all about it. I kind of expected that’s how life with my Sweet Rob would be. He’s helpful and he’s kind and I totally was looking forward to him becoming my partner in crime and life.
Before my house sold, and while I was living with my parents in Houston in the interim my Momma and I went garage saling with purpose on many weekends. One day we saw the best looking office chair from the road. A wood contraption it was dinged up pretty good but in perfect working order.
Asking for the price while pointing at the chair I was told “I wanted $40 for it but I’ll take $20”. I had already planned on taking it if it was $40 or less, which it was, AND that I didn’t have to negotiate at all to get a stellar price. He also drove and discussed with me the huge variety of pink paint chips I had snagged up. And instead of being like “whichever you choose is fine” he was instead saying things like “this one is a bit more red than pink” or “that looks purple from here”. I was so pleased that even though he will very rarely plant his derriere in this chair I had decided to paint pink that he was actually being very helpful about my color selection.
Now this chair was purchased in Houston, taken apart and driven to Oklahoma in the trunk of my car, put back together and driven to the south-most part of Texas in a moving truck about a week later. So I guess this is one super well traveled piece of furniture :)
I went ahead and took my chair apart again and got ready to give it a new lease on life. A fun, bubbly, Christmas-light filled life.
This was actually the first project I tackled in my new home. And Ollie had an active part in the process, I suppose, when he decided to sand down his teeth by giving my sanding block a good chew. Dogs!
Sanding each bit down I was able to rough up the varnish on the top of the wood’s surface as well as smooth out various dings and scratches to get the chair ready for a few coats diva glam!!!
And now I’m going to share a quick tip with you that I learned from my dad… This is a tack cloth and it is this weird little sticky piece of cheesecloth.
You unfold it and sort of wad it up into your hand and rub down things you have sanded. The tack cloth pics up every speck of dirt and sanded grit off of the surface to make a clean and smooth surface to start painting. They’re really inexpensive and super brilliant. The results you can achieve in your painted furntirue with something so simple is well worth the effort!
After speaking with my local Home Depot paint section pro I decided to go with a satin finish of exterior paint. The basis for choosing exterior for something that will be inside of the home was pretty simple, really. Exterior paint is made to stand much more rigorous conditions than, say, a paint made for an interior wall. Since I am almost another force of nature it seemed best to go with something a bit more strong :) While it rained outside I put 3 coats of paint onto my chair over the course of a few days, allowing the paint to dry completely between each coat in spite of the crazy humidity.
Within moments of deciding that my chair was, indeed, finished and that my last coat of hot pink awesomeness was indeed the final one I wheeled this baby into my office with a huge grin on my face.
Now this chair is basically the focal point of the room. Everything is beige or light or white or somehow subdued for the most part and that’s because I want my diva glam chair to stand out more than the rest!
A super soft and fuzzy throw pillow finishes my chair off perfectly. It’s comfy and it’s luxurious and it gives my back the perfect amount of padding for a comfortable sit all day long. And look at that, Miss Lucy loves it too! She actually loves it too much and when I’m not around I have to either shut the office door or put the pillow up out of her reach :) We’re still working on the whole not destroying things around the house problem!
In the end this was a really fun project. It was fun to hit the yard sales with Momma to find this gem. I enjoyed seeking out the best color of PINK to paint it. Learning the name of my favorite paint was Diva Glam was another type of joy all it’s own. And sitting on the floor of my new home and fixing up something that would be the centerpiece of the room I’ll spend the most time in while Rob chatted with me was a wonderful experience.