She wore a Raspberry Beret

So we finally decided to give the office side of the nursery some love.  The black desk worked perfectly with the rest of the furniture in the room, but the desk chair just stuck out like a sore thumb.

(This picture is from way back… pre-curtains and dresser.)

Since in all practicality it still worked, I wasn’t going to go out and buy a new chair.  Instead, I decided to shop from my own furniture supply.

A few years back, we bought a Duncan Phyfe dining room table (more about it later) and two chairs.  The chairs had seen better days.  But they were thrown in for a dollar, so how could I refuse?  I had plans to refinish them but never got around to it.  So I decided to use one as a desk chair.  When I say “use one,” I really mean combine the two seen-better-days chairs into one complete reupholstered and painted chair.

This is what we started out with.

And here are the supplies we needed:

  • foam for a new seat cushion
  • spray paint (Krylon Indoor/Outdoor, Gloss, Color: Raspberry)
  • fabric (To tie the chair into the rest of the room, I used some leftover fabric from the crib skirt and curtains.)
  • staple gun
  • sanding block (so much better than sand paper)

The first step was to remove the existing seat from the chair.  Then remove the fabric and batting.

After removing all the staples, I found there were two layers of fabric and this “lovely” batting.  It made me want to sanitize my hands and hold my breath.

Meanwhile, Michael Luke was sanding the chair and adding a dowel rod for support between the chair legs.  Originally, there was support here, but it was missing… so we improvised.

He filled in some places, but we left a lot of the dents and scratches on the chair to give it a little antique character.

I really can’t take any credit for the rest of the project.  Michael Luke was kind enough to finish it.

We decided to go with a raspberry color for the chair instead of pink.  Thought it would give the chair a little sophistication and add another pop of color to the room.  I don’t think I can add anymore color though, or the whole room will be popping!

Here is the chair after one coat of spray paint.

I’ll go ahead and admit one of our mistakes.  We should have primed the chair.  I didn’t think we would need to, since the chair and paint both had red undertones, but we ended up having to add several layers of paint to mask the colors of the wood underneath.

It ended up covering well though.

We wanted to add a new cushion to the chair since the old batting had collected enough dust to fill up a Dyson canister.  The cushion we bought was square, which meant it fit perfect in length but needed to be adjusted in width.  Thankfully, trimming the excess off of the back and placing on the front worked perfectly!

After securing the foam cushion to the old plywood seat with a little packaging tape, the chair was ready for fabric.  Michael Luke used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat.

I think the chair ended up looking great!  It’s hard to believe it is even the same chair.  Isn’t it amazing what a little paint will do?  Have you used spray paint to perform any miracles on your old furniture?

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6 thoughts on “She wore a Raspberry Beret

    1. Alkina

      such AMAZING CURTAINS!!! even petrtier than store bought. I am working on my blog (a whole 1 post in), and was wondering if it would be okay if I linked this tutorial off my blog? Please let me know.-Allison (

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