Saturday, May 21, 2011

i like you better now, office chair

Inspired by Amanda's lovely Mad Men office chair makeover, I thought I'd finish the long-neglected task of recovering mine.



I don't have the heart to post the plebian original version, a boring burgundy chair that hung round grouching that it wanted to be in a call centre with its friends, discussing reality tv and the price of petrol.



I pulled the chair apart with my superhuman strength, tacked on some heavy cotton upholstery fabric, and clicked it together again. The frame holds the fabric taut.  Ideally I should paint the black bits white, but I've run out of steam and doubt that anything would stick to the hard plastic. Maybe one day some of those busy guerilla knitters one hears of will happen along and sort out chair-leg covers for me in a dashing red and white stripe.

41 comments:

  1. Mise, what a great idea! I love the fabric you have chosen. I have a very sad looking chair kicking around here. I never thought to do something like this. Thank you!

    Jeanne xx

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  2. No need to post the burgundy before photo, I've seen these chairs before and this one looks absolutely stunning. Well done! I would love to do something like this.

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  3. What a wonderful bit of whimsy.

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  4. If you are concern with your space in your home office, you can try the stackable office chairs. It's practical and can be stylish too.

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  5. Now that chair wants to roll on down to the local call centre and do a twirl to show off her new look and perhaps charm the covers off some washed up burgundy number... she's a heartbreaker.

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  6. Very swish, Mise! And if I happen upon a purlish of guerilla knitters, I shall send them post haste.

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  7. Hello Mise:
    This post has really brought out another side of your personality for us, and we are afraid, very afraid. A woman who can rip chairs apart with her bare hands is not, in our book, a woman to be messed about with.

    Your newly upholstered chair is absolutely fabulous. We can just imagine how much more lively and exciting the 'call centre' could be with these jaunty coverings. And, who knows, even the operators might cheer up a little?!!!

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  8. When I had an office in which to discuss reality tv, I did indeed have a chair just like your original.

    We'd moved building and become all corporate and everything had to match, rather than the raggle taggle voluntary sector mismatch I was used to. I even got a dvd on 'how to sit properly' after I commented on it not being as comfortable as its predecessor (now in my hall, hiding under an ikea rug, since I'm neither as strong or as creative as you)

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  9. Result (though I have been as worried as the Hattatts for some time now).

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  10. Result! Tidy jobs! Just found your blog via The Hattatts..... nuff said! I'll be back. Abby

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  11. Are there no limits to your talents Mise.....Oh yes there are.....painting chair legs!! Perhaps there are evening classes down at the Tech that you could enroll in. After all, you have so much time on your hands .... NOT !!!!
    You must have biceps like Arnold Schwarzenegger......ooops, the least said about him, the better !!!!
    Brilliant job and, I saw Amanda's chairs as well. They looked brilliant too. XXXX

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  12. That's a great idea! Need to do the same to my own chair! Cx

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  13. wishing i had thought of that before i got rid of my last 3 office chairs because they were just so BORING.
    it looks fab
    ~laura x

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  14. looks great and you make it seem easy but I am sure there was enough sweat raised to warrant a pat on the forehead with a hanky and perhaps even a few muttered words?
    c'mon - can't have just been superhuman strength and click clack?

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  15. having not known said chair personally in its previous life, i feel a little unkind when i agree, i like office chair better now too. bloody good stuff x

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  16. I wish like to register my delight at your upholstery prowess , I agree [very much] with the comment of home office chairs .

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  17. Thank you, everybody, there's nothing like commentators to make one feel wildly proud of oneself for recovering a chair.

    Home Office Chairs, are you Jaboopee's second cousin?

    Jane and Lance Hattatt, you are such dears. I hope your luncheon went well.

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  18. Speccy, it's luxury corporate perks like that dvd of yours that got this country where it is.

    Umatji, to be fair, the Power of Prayer helped me along as well.

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  19. My very best friend Jane, so devastatingly passed over by fiendish random.org, I'm naming this the Flwrjane Tribute Office Chair. A brass plaque will attest to this.

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  20. This is possibly the lovliest office chair I've ever seen, beautiful idea!

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  21. Thank you, Eadaoin; how nice of you to say so!

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  22. Or some guerrilla gardeners might happen by and plant it in a field of clover.

    Then your Troubles would be over.

    My God I have just written my first blog poem and on your blog.

    I don't think that Tom Stephenson man will approve.

    Though clearly we all approve of your chair.

    xo Jane

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  23. It looks very nice, congratulations you are talented. I think i will do the same thing to my chairs from my kitchen.

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  24. I feel very humbled to have inspired your chair makeover in some small way Mise! And though I have attempted some graffiti knitting, my talents are underwhelming to say the least. But I could get Milly on to the french-knitter if that would help??

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  25. I think we all own one of those ugly office chairs, do we not? Mine is black fake leather - yuk! I have been contemplating crocheting or knitting a cover for it, so I will let you know how it goes. Perhaps I could open an Etsy shop, selling knitted covers for ugly chair legs? Chair socks? Chocks?

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  26. I love your chair and the fabric is gorgeous. What a great idea!
    Angela

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  27. Amanda, Milly's French knitting would have exactly the je ne sais quoi the chair so badly needs.

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  28. I find most office chairs so undesirable. Yours I like.

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  29. Now THAT would be a good use of guerilla knitting.

    Ver nice job on the chair, which will grow to love its new life far from The Office.

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  30. plebian original...

    you.make.me.laugh...

    i missed your musings...

    nice job well done...

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  31. I love it! Sadly, my beloved office chair died last week and I have to find a new one!

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  32. Well done! Can you come over to my house and recover my diabolical chair? Can you please post a pic of you sitting on your chair, hard at work?

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  33. I just knew you were super human Mise!! You are far too clever my Irish friend. Amanda's version does not hold a candle to yours.

    Did I ever tell you that when we EVER get moved to Aberdeen, I hope I get the great fortune to pop on over to Ireland to take you out for a cuppa tea?! I think we'd laugh until our sides hurt.

    x Deb

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  34. I'll pop the narrow table in the post for you, mise, as soon as the gap arrives (Mind the Gap, postman) - would you like it with the vase of flowers? Abby x

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  35. Hi there Mise
    Well winter is settling in this way so perhaps I should buy myself some knitting needles and get to work on it for you.. [sure!! haha]

    You are too darn clever!! Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

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  36. You know, I just talked about upholstering things with tea towels and starting a business doing such. For some reason, you came to mind. We could be partners. I think a Tea Towel Upholstery Business might be your calling, too. This looks like, super, totally, great.

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  37. How clever you are mise! Though I feel a little sorry for my own burgundy office chair - stoically supporting me as I oogle other chairs in their fancy new outfits.

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  38. Super human strength eh? I'm glad to see that you're using your special gift for good and not evil. I'm thinking cream felt foot cosies for those unsightly black feet - or you could just pull the bottom part off with your enormous arm guns and spray paint the thing white?

    x x x

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  39. While you are waiting for a guerilla knitter (perhaps like a bus, they come along in threes?) you could always get some stylish legwarmers (they are out there somewhere, so I beleive) and whoosh them up the chair legs. It could be the Next Big Thing.

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You're looking particularly well.

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