A Tween & Her Throne

Last week I posted about how I made over an old desk for my 11 year old daughter, and it turned out SUPER COOL! She loves it, and it’s one of my favourite projects that I’ve ever worked on. Partly because I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new, but also because it was such a labour of love. Doing something that I knew was going in my little girl’s room was so special – much more meaning that something for the kitchen or an item I plan to sell.

Here is how the finished product looked:

DIY Chevron Desk - hystericallyeverafter.com

Not too shabby, right? All that was missing was a chair. The one that she had been using was much wider, and wouldn’t fit into the new desk. I already had a chair that I had picked up from a thrift store and recovered, so now it was time to make it over once again!

Here’s how it looked when I brought it home a few years ago…

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Pretty gross. So, I painted it, distressed it, and picked up a little throw pillow cover for about $5 at Fabricland, and used it to recover the seat. It turned out pretty cute, and I used it as my own desk chair for a while.

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But alas, it needs to move upstairs to T’s room since it’s the perfect size. So I headed back to Fabricland and found – once again – a sweet little throw pillow cover in the 50% off bin that would be perfect! At $4 I couldn’t go wrong.

No sew DIY - recover a chair using a throw pillow cover - hystericallyeverafter.com

No sew DIY - recover a chair using a throw pillow cover - hystericallyeverafter.com

Isn’t it adorable?! I love that it’s hot pink, so it doesn’t exactly match the desk, but it ties in the other main colour of her room AND it’s all tied together with the chevrons. So so so cute. I cut the front off of it, and then I used my drill to remove the seat cushion. Then I centred the fabric so that the pattern lined up properly, asd using my nail gun I put a staple at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock to secure it.

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Then I just made my way around the edges, folding and stapling as I went. (Side note – getting a staple gun was a GREAT idea and I LOVE IT. The last time I covered the chair I had to use a glue gun and it was such a pain.. lol. My glue gun has been my version of duct tape for years – I just used it for everything – but having a staple gun is awesome!)

So once it was all done, I did give it a coating with some Scotch Guard. Since it’s being used by a kid, it’s bound to get dirty. I let it dry outside for a few hours and then screwed the seat back onto the chair frame and it was done!

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I couldn’t wait to get it upstairs and into her room – it looks awesome! I wasn’t sure how it would all go together, and I wondered if it would be a bit busy, but I like it and my daughter loves it!

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Bear in mind that this was never meant to be her room. The walls are painted “Athabasca Blue” by Benjamin Moore, and the room was originally done as a nursery for my son. Had I been painting it for my daughter, I likely wouldn’t have chosen the blue, but it really is pretty.

No sew DIY - recover a chair using a throw pillow cover - hystericallyeverafter.com

In our next home, I know she wants hot pink and bright turquoise, so those colours were a safe bet when designing her new desk and chair.

No sew DIY - recover a chair using a throw pillow cover - hystericallyeverafter.com

No sew DIY - recover a chair using a throw pillow cover - hystericallyeverafter.com

So now that this little corner of her world is complete, I can work on putting some photos together and sharing the rest of the room. Except that it’s SUCH a mess all. the. time. No joke, this kid has a lot of stuff, and between school, her dad’s house and rep soccer she is almost never home! Next week while she’s back at her dad’s I will clean it up and get my pics!

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For now, one quarter of her room is perfect… hahaha I will take what I can get!

xo Mary Beth

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