Have a seat.

Once in a while I come across a little gem like this chair. It's from a high school from the 1960s, if not earlier and was unwanted by the previous owner. The result? I snagged it for free. It was a steal considering how much a chair like this sells for at Pottery Barn.

My original intention was to sand it and stain in. I started to sand it, but between book deadlines and the difficulty of getting into the crevices to get rid of the stubborn mid-century stain, I never finished it.

The chair sat in my garage for a year, forgotten until I decided that I was tired of seeing it looking so neglected. That's when I decided to finally finish this project. I applied two coats of my favorite black paint with a sponge so the grain would come through, cleaned the grime out of the original wheels and finished the chair. 

She's quite lovely now, isn't she. So are my books. You should check them out. 


Alyn Yang said...

Ooo that does look lovely!

Karen said...

Yay! I love re-dos! This is fabulous! I'm glad I found your blog on the blog hop, am now tagging along, and can't wait to read more. Hoping you stop by to say hi sometime. http://wanderlust-wishlist.blogspot.com

Joy said...

I LOVE this! Those old school/office chairs are amazing- I can't believe you scored one for FREE! I love how you brought her back to life! Thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! ♥

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Yes indeed 'she is quit lovely now'. What a great job you did on the old chair. I love when I can repurpose an item.
Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Anonymous said...

Perfect solution. With a little paint it looks like a perfectly new chair! I love your idea. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

Natasha Peter said...

I just love the black paint! It really adds a beautiful look to it!

Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

April @ 100lb Countdown said...

I would have to say that I'm in need of that chair! My current chair doesn't feel as comfortable as that one looks! You did a great job! Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

This chair is awesome. I'm working on a couple furniture pieces right now & you inspired me!!

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

Wow, that's wonderful. I love clean, dark furniture. You did a great job with the chair and glad you got it done!

Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linky 9.

OldDogNewTits said...

Aww. It looks great. Perhaps you'll inspire me to finish a project today or at least this week/month.

Thanks for sharing it at #KetchupWithUs. Please come back and see us on the 15th.

Allie Bobe' said...

Yes, yes, very nice now!!! Thanks so much for sharing on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
~Allie @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

gentlejoy said...

What a difference - it looks great and those chairs are so comfortable. Thank you for sharing this. :) Gentle Joy

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations said...

Very nice job. It certainly does look lovely. Thank you for sharing with Countdown in Style.

Redo It Yourself Inspirations

Janice Kay Schaub said...

Very nice. Good choice of colour. It always looks good.

Anonymous said...

Hey Georgie! This post was featured last week on Feature Friday :)

April @ 100lb Countdown said...

This is beautiful! So simple and elegant! Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style!

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations said...

Congratulations on being featured as a favorite!
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Countdown with Style~
@Redo It Yourself Inspirations

Laura Burton said...

Looks great! I love Pottery Barn copy cat projects!

Deborah Sommerlot said...

One of my most favorite chairs. I keep hoping to find one at a thrift store...someday!
found ya via nifty thrifty linkup

Jen C. said...

I have one too - I'm sitting on it right now, as a matter of fact! So... guess I'd better follow your lead and make it look good again!! Great results with the classic black!

Paper & Fox said...

You did a great job on this chair! It looks so polished and nice in black.

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

The chair looks great! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


Emily said...

Great transformation! Love the re-do!

We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00am EST. htttp://www.elizabethjoandesigns.com

Shelly said...

Looks great!!!! Thanks for sharing this on DIY Sunday Showcase!!


Kim said...

What a big difference with just paint! Love it!
Found you through Nifty Thrifty Things. :)
Kim @ pinspiredhome.blogspot.com

Danielle Miller said...

That looks amazing - great job! Thanks so much for linking this up to The Friday Frenzy!

Natasha In Oz said...

Thank you so much for joining in with the Say G'Day Saturday linky party. Your chair looks amazing!

Hope to see you again this Saturday!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz