Mismatched Chair and Desk Makeover


I really wasn’t planning on buying this desk, I promise.

There was a Facebook ad for an antique sideboard, and when I went to see it they kindly also showed me this desk and then bundled the price together so I pretty much couldn’t refuse buying both.  I jokingly said, “I’m going to blame you guys if my husband gets mad at me!”  Has that happened to you too? haha

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

*Friends, it is Furniture Fixer Upper day with my blogging besties and you can see their inspiring makeovers at the end of this post.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can find the products I use and recommend easily.

The style of the desk was pretty, but some areas were worn down and there were burn marks on top.  Guy in the Garage sanded those areas down quickly with our hand sander so I could get to work on the desk makeover.

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I tried to paint it without taking the top off, but it just wasn’t working.  There wasn’t enough room to move the brush around and reach all those hidden areas.  I only had to remove about 8 buttons and 12 screws….  (yuck)

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

Some of the original buttons were damaged but they’re inexpensive from the hardware store, and easy to tap into place with a hammer.

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

The desk was lonely without a chair, so I found this one which was very brown and blah…

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

Guy in the Garage sanded it down for me and discovered there were two other layers of paint underneath the brown – mossy green and bright yellow.  This chair has had an interesting life!

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I reupholstered the seat with new foam, cotton batting, and some leftover fabric (no photo this time because I was rushing to have it finished for the market).

The desk was painted with a sample jar of Rustoleum Chalked in Serenity Blue (love the color, not too crazy about this type of paint though).  The chair and part of the desk were painted in Fusion Mineral Paint in Lamp White.

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I took photos at the market, so I only got a few in between shoppers walking through.

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

The desk also got a little extra bling with this new pull and decoupaged floral wrapping paper inside the drawer.

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a reminder of the before and after again:

Mismatched vintage chair and desk makeover - by Girl in the Garage

I hope you love this vintage chair and desk makeover as much I do, and I hope it inspires you to take mismatched pieces and try to turn them into a cohesive pair.   <3

Jen

Don’t go yet!  Next, visit my creative friends’ makeovers for Furniture Fixer Uppers day:

Furniture Fixer Uppers

These are the Before photos – click the links underneath to see the After photos and learn how they did it:

Furniture Fixer Uppers - Sept 17
1. The Interior Frugalista
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Just the Woods
4. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
5. Petticoat Junktion


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18 Comments on Mismatched Chair and Desk Makeover

  1. Marcie Lovett
    September 28, 2017 at 7:44 am (3 months ago)

    The desk was cute before, but that chair was sad. Now they’re both fabulous! The fabric is beautiful, Jen, and it looks really comfortable with its new seat. Lovely combo.

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  2. Marie
    September 28, 2017 at 9:46 am (3 months ago)

    Very pretty makeover, Jen. Love the desk color (hear you about the paint) and that sad little chair looks amazing now! Smart move dismantling the top and will remember this tip.

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  3. Bonnie Schulte
    September 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm (3 months ago)

    Wow, what a transformation…I LOVE it, wish it was mine..

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  4. Heather Spriggs Johnson
    September 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm (3 months ago)

    That is beautiful! Love how it turned out!

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  5. Dianne
    September 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm (3 months ago)

    The desk and chair are adorable..love the colors..really modernized them..great job!

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  6. Susan
    September 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm (3 months ago)

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Doesn’t look like the same desk n chair.

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  7. Debi
    September 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm (3 months ago)

    Very nice!

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  8. Nancy Kriner
    September 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm (3 months ago)

    Love, love, love it. The color is fabulous.

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  9. Debrashoppeno5
    September 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm (3 months ago)

    Such a sweet little set. I am sure it will sell quickly.

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  10. Lizzy Leff
    September 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm (3 months ago)

    Love it! So pretty. Why don’t you like the Rustoleum paint? I’m curious because I was considering using it on an upcoming project.

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    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm (2 months ago)

      I didn’t like the way the Rustoleum paint went on. It was thick but didn’t have great coverage. I used an entire small jar on just the top of this desk and I know I would’ve had much better coverage with two of the other brands that I prefer to use. It probably would be fine for a smaller project, but I wouldn’t use it on furniture again personally.

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      • Lizzy Leff
        October 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm (2 months ago)

        Thanks for the reply! Good to know. I’ll stick with ASCP.

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  11. Audra @ Renewed Projects
    September 30, 2017 at 9:41 am (3 months ago)

    I just LOVE this makeove! The bird fabric is just perfect with the robin’s egg blue on the desk. So light and fresh!

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  12. Susan W.
    October 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm (3 months ago)

    I love your make over! I used the same material on a bench! I bought it at Hobby Lobby and was sad to see they no longer carry it. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jen
      October 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm (2 months ago)

      Oh no, that stinks! It might be a seasonal fabric. Hopefully they’ll bring it back!

      Reply

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