I’ve been waitiiiiing…. The Explanation.

…..for a chair like youuuuuu!!!! I know, Facebook friends, I totally ripped this title off of a recent status that I posted. I just love this darn chair so much I thought it deserved an encore.

So, here’s the deal…. I was innocently chatting on the phone with a friend as I casually meandered down the aisles of our local Goodwill when, BAM!!! I rounded the corner and was smacked in the face by this puppy.

I let out an audible gasp as cheesy ’80s love songs raced through my head. Mid-century modern. Clerical-chic. In great condition. And twenty bucks!!! Mine. He’s mine. I thought he was so fantastic that I couldn’t even wait until I got him into the car to snap another pic….

Yes. Sad. I know.

So, I got him home, wiped him down with a damp rag, followed by a damp magic eraser to take off all the grime (he was pretty dirty) and took inventory. He was missing glides on the bottom of two legs, which I replaced using these (found at Home depot for less than 2 bucks).


I simply tapped them into the existing holes on the chair legs using a rubber mallet. Then, to cover up the small nicks and a few areas where the finish had been worn down on the wood, I used this amazing stuff….


You simply rub it on with a clean rag (I treated the entire wood surface) and wipe it off immediately. It’s kind of fumey, so be sure to work in a well-ventilated area – I did this in our garage with the door open. Wait 30 minutes, then follow it up with this…


It adds moisture and shine to the wood like nobody’s business. You just wipe it on. Wait 20 minutes, and wipe off the excess. That’s it. Easy peasy.

The vinyl cushions were in great shape aside from a few rubbed-down, faded areas on the underneath corners of the arm rests. I just wiped on a little leather conditioner on those small areas to give them some life. Note: Im not sure if Im supposed to use leather conditioner on vinyl, but I figured it was worth a shot since I already had it on hand. I didn’t use it on the entire cushion for fear that it would be greasy and stain our clothes when we sat down. The areas I did use it on, however, perked right up and blended in great with the rest of the cushion.


Now I’ll tell ya, I did have one fear regarding this chair. In the store (and outside), the cushions looked very purple. We have little to no purple in the house and I felt that recovering the cushions would take away from the chair’s character. So, at this point I had decided that if the chair didn’t work in our house, I would sell it, intact, on Craigslist (hopefully to someone who would love it as much as I do). But alas, my fears were unfounded. As soon as I placed the chair in the office, the cushions took on much less of a purple hue and appeared much more burgundy, which worked great in the room. Its amazing how different lighting affects color. It also goes to show that you don’t know if an item will work until you actually try it in a room. I’m a big proponent of buying, trying and returning if it doesn’t work for this very reason.

Take a look at the shined up finished product…


I just love the quality and look of the wood.  All of the details in construction.  Plus, he’s comfy to sit in and reeks of character.    And another glimpse of our office area…

The mix of our simple, inexpensive Ikea desk with our new desk chair makes me happy.
And just for fun, here is the same area of the front room 6 weeks after we moved in…
So, has anybody been doing any thrift store shopping lately? Any interesting finds or tips you’d like to share?

3 thoughts on “I’ve been waitiiiiing…. The Explanation.

  1. Love the chair and everything else you’ve done in your home! Your creativity is inspiring and I’m planning on stealing many of your ideas. Good luck with your blog and I look forward to following it to see what other DIY ideas you come up with! Congrats!

  2. I made a similar find… dark wood finish, great construction, beautiful lines… but orange velveteen on the seat and back! My first thought was that I would reupholster, but this thing has been sitting in my office for 5 years already, and looks surprisingly good against the “lemon grass” green of the walls. And I agree that your purple chair magically turned the proper color burgundy for you! Yay!

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