By now most students have started school. It's a busy time in our home. I have one that started college this year and one in high school.
The start of school is like my “New Year.” I feel a need to get everything cleaned and organized. It just seems to make the start of the school year run more smoothly.
Our mudroom felt dark with green walls and no windows. It's conveniently located off the kitchen. It is where I work and the kids use the computer for homework.
I started by painting the walls a light neutral. I can't believe how that changed the look! It made the room so much brighter.
My desk chair for the last 10 years has been an upright, small wooden antique chair. Major stiffness after time at the computer.
I decided that it was time for a functional and comfortable chair. Quite frankly, I wanted to do a farmhouse makeover in the room, and I didn't feel like any of the fabrics that I was coming across fit the bill. I wanted something with casters to make the workspace more functional and comfortable. I decided to go with this chair from Wayfair. They have a huge selection to choose from HERE. I knew that the fabric would be a simple change for an office chair.
The addition of new fabric really gave me the farmhouse look I was after! Let me share with you how simple it was.
You will need the following for a chair of this type:
- 1-1/2 yards of fabric (more or less depending on pattern)
- heavy-duty upholstery stapler/staples
- tools required per chair instructions
- poster board
- adhesive spray mount
- glue gun and glue sticks
- upholstery tacks
I assembled all chair parts except the seat and back. These were the parts that I would be upholstering. The chair was so quick and easy to assemble.
Cut the fabric to fit the seat and back leaving a couple of extra inches all around for stapling.
If you use a fabric with a pattern, you may need to make sure it is centered on the seat. Staple the fabric all around the edge of the seat bottom keeping it pulled taut. Do the same for the back rest.
At some point you will want to trace a pattern for the back of the back rest with your poster board. I had a piece of black so I went with that. It didn't show through the fabric and saved me a trip to the store.
I then cut a piece of fabric for the poster board. I took the board and fabric outside. Spray the board with spray mount. Carefully center the fabric on the board if you have a pattern. Then using hot glue, glue the edges down.
This poster board panel will be adhered to the back of the backrest to hide the stapled area. Use a hammer to nail in upholstery tacks to adhere it to the back.
The upholstery tacks really give it a high style look. I am totally in love with the look, comfort and function of this chair now! Complete the assembly and you are done!
This space has a little more decorating to go. It was organized with baskets and bins. Things are contained and have a place.
The space is decorated with several upcycled finds and DIY projects.
It is just such a calm and serene space to work now.
I'm no longer bothered by the lack of a window. This new office chair has greatly helped my back!
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