Mid-Century Office Chair All Dressed Up

Did we mention that on top of designing a black and white 1920’s Ball for this weekend, we are also participating in a Craft and Vintage Fair.  Kinda crazy?  Yesssss.  Haha, I have friends that say I’ve got about a decade more of rolling at this speed, but then I look at my grandmother who in her young eighties and is still traveling the world and working (and looking gorgeous as she does it in nylons and high heels, might I add).  Honestly, I don’t know if I’m genetically disposed to slowing down 🙂 .  Anyhewwww, Sam and I have been having fun this week busting out gifts to sell under the $20 margin at the fair, and of course I have been doing some small furniture pieces.

Enter the uber cool mid-century office chair that I picked up for $5 at a garage sale a while back…

First step was to flip it over and spray the leg with a metal primer and paint….and since we already had some pieces done in yellow that we were taking to a Craft and Vintage Fair, you guessed it, yellow it is!

In hindsight, I think I would have treated the seat first….that way I would have had less to do when it came to protecting the base from over spray.  But check out this cool stuff that I discovered for the seat!

This is such cool stuff!  You can pick up Rustoleum’s Fabric and Vinyl spray paint at your local Ace Hardware store…but I have found a vast array of colors out our local upholstery store.  It is really designed for car upholstery…but it is perfect for those cool 1960’s pieces that need a little lift.  The result was amazingly soft and pliable.

No crunchies here!  But be forewarned!  This stuff stinks to high heaven!!  Do it outside (of course) and maybe don a mask 🙂 …don’t want anyone passing out!

It looks so good!

(Minus the painters tape around the wheels that I forgot to remove for the pic, whoops.)

Haha, I showed Julianne these pics while we were stringing crystals onto chandeliers and making silver tinsel tassels for the Atascadero Firefighter’s Ball…Julianne: “I seriously didn’t know that it was possible to make those chairs cute!”


If you love that mid-century styling (which I adore), you have got to try this out!  Imagine the possibilities…….vinyl couches, stools, chairs….all like new and matching your decor perfectly!

Have fun Zestin’!


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  1. Wow! It looks so cute! 🙂 I’m thinking of doing a similar project. Im curious to know how the paint is holding up with the cushion. Is there any chipping or flaking? Did you use primer or prep the surface in any way? Thanks for sharing this cute project! 🙂

    1. Hi, I’m so glad you like it….I love everything mid-century. It has been holding up beautifully. I didn’t use a primer for the cushion, but absolutely necessary for the metal base. I primed the metal base with metal primer spray paint and then used spray paint for metal surfaces for the color. When it comes to the cushion, I just used spray paint formulated for vinyl. You can find basic colors (aka black or white) at a regular hardware store, but I found this awesome grey at an upholstery shop. You can also search shops that specialize in automotive repair as it is a paint developed for restoring car interiors.

      Good luck with your project! I’d love to see how it turns out, if you have time to snap a pic!

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