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1950’s Steelcase Desk Chair Resto

As you can see the upholstery was cut and worn and the frame was in need of some paint.

I purchased this chair for next to nothing, but it needed some work. I purchased it a while ago and I knew I was going to do our personal office in a Steelcase/tanker desk set up. I needed to paint the chair and get the seats recovered. It only took a day to paint the chair in the medium gray color. I then turned my focus to the upholstery. I dropped the backrest and seat off to my good friend Bill at B&T Upholstery. He upholstered both pieces for $75! That is pretty cheap considering what upholstery runs nowadays. I reassembled the chair and reattached the cushions and it looks like new…..heck, probably even better than new. This chair will last another 50 years now.

I cleaned and painted the frame. Next, the cushions will go to B&T Upholstery so they can work their magic.

Here it is all put together. I think it came together nicely.

It looks great with the Steelcase Desk!

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  1. Just…WOW! Great job. So how did you get the silver part (around the wheels) to shine???? Looks gorgeous & so does the upholstry.

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    • hepcatrestorations

      Thanks! I use a product called “Awesome” that you get at the dollar store to clean it and then I use 0000 steel wool with car wax to polish it.

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  2. That chair is absolutely fabulous! I just found your blog through Vickie at Sponge Curlers and Cupcakes, and I am nothing less than FASCINATED with everything you have done!

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    • hepcatrestorations

      Thanks soo much Heidi!
      I love restoring and I am always soo happy to hear people approve of what I am doing. I appreciate your support.

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  3. WOW and WOW! I even love the before! I am currently looking for a chair just like this – (which is how I came across your post) Great Job!!!

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  4. do you sell these? looking for one but they’re always seemingly in horrible shape!

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  5. Chair looks great. I have one with a broken tilt mechanism. Did you take any picture of the under side?

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  6. What paint did you use? I purchase the same chair for 26 bucks. I’m thinking about having mine powder coated.

    Derrick Douglas
    Founder
    http://www.derrickdouglassdesigns.com

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