Franken-Chair Plans

November 13, 2015 | DIY, Office, Projects, Treasure Hunting

Ever been so eager to start a project that you forget to take proper before pictures?  Me neither.  I would never do that……

Since reworking, rearranging my office and getting a proper desk a few months ago, I decided that this very sad vintage chair that I adopted at Brimfield several years ago was just the right piece to add some mid century pizzazz to the room.

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I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been sitting and working in this pre cat clawed (not from my cats!), musty, old pleather chair ever since.

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The seat height was a bit too low and I craved a chair on casters, so I held off on doing anything to it until I had a plan.  First step was to make sure that I wasn’t sitting on a mid century gold mine.  The chair looks suspiciously like the Eero Saarenin Executive Armchair- even down to the color.  The official version of this chair is still available new for the paltry sum of $1800+.

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Lucky for my franken-chair plans, mine is just a close reproduction.  Without a makers mark or tag, I had to rely on checking the dimensions against the original designer chair.  While close, a half inch shy of the designer width and thinner seat cushion told me my chair wasn’t worth thousands.  It would be cool to own a vintage designer chair (that I procured for only $25), but I now have the freedom to make it the chair I want instead of the pressure to restore it originally.  Can you see my wheels turning?  I tried to think of how I could add casters and raise the seat, but no casters would work with those original legs.  I was at an impasse.

Enter trash chair.  (which was in 1 piece when I found it, but I swiftly picked it apart, whoops)

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This beauty had been sitting in a neighbor’s trash pile for days.  Since I’m a recovering chair-a-holic (ha recovering…), I was trying NOT to grab it even though it called to me every time I left my house and had to pass by the pile.  Finally I gave in.  At the end of a run one day I grabbed the chair and wheeled it down the street and to my yard without a plan for it.  I just knew that this cool old chair did not deserve to end up in a dumpster.  The wood part of the base was loose and the top had seen better days- much better days.  While not beyond repair, the top is certainly in the sorrier state and won’t be needed for my plans.  I probably can’t bring myself to get rid of the top, though, but it will be set aside and the base is getting a new life.  Because look at this beautiful base.  It’s all about that base, that base…

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Wow, I wasn’t planning on being so verbose today.  I guess I have a lot to say about chairs.  It’s a real problem folks.  Check back next week to see how I plan to make these 2 vintage gems into the perfect office chair!

Feel free to feed my chair addiction on instagram and tag your chair discoveries with #chairhoardersanonymous

 

 

2 thoughts on “Franken-Chair Plans”

  1. Wow, what a genius idea to take another chair base for your seat!! I would have never thought of that 🙁 But I can’t wait to see what kind of fabric you decide to go with!

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