Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Can The Room Be Nearly Done?!

While adding a few final accessories to the Home Office Redesign, I noticed the orange pencils looked great in the room. Shoot! Wasn't this color similar to the original stain on the desk chair I was refinishing, having recently begun to sand off some of the stain?


I had planned to stain the sanded frame a walnut color, creating a finish on the chair similar to the top of the cabinet. Maybe I needn't have even bothered. Now, how do I backtrack?


I wondered, what would happen if I finished sanding the frame, but didn't remove all of the original stain? Could I then restain it with a similar color, creating a worn looking finish? It sure would take a lot less time than having to completely remove all the old stain. And given how many refinishing projects I've done recently, finding a shortcut would certainly put a smile on my face!


I figured I had nothing to lose by trying. It only took about an hour to finish sanding the frame, from where I had left off a couple of weeks ago. It was a rainy day and I didn't even bother to move the chair into the garage to sand...I wanted to be warm and comfortable. (I could vacuum the room later!)


Afterwards, the chair was moved into the garage to be stained. A bit of dust was fine but stain fumes are another issue.


The frame was wiped down, cleaning it of dust, and then a layer of Minwax Red Oak Stain was rubbed over the frame. These steps took just a few minutes.


The next day the finished chair was brought into the office. The worn finish and color looks great in the room, and I was celebrating the fact that cutting corners on this project worked out just fine!


Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the finished room. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the last item that has been brought into the room. I am loving it!

19 comments :

  1. that worn look really does look good!

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  2. Can't wait to see! And, you beat me to the finish line and got your office finished first :) I'm so close, yet stalling here at the end. . .

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  3. It worked out beautifully! Don't you love it when that happens?? Can't wait to see the whole room!

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  4. Okay so you finished 2 rooms before I finished 1! Umm yeah, I'm kicking rocks:-(

    I do love the direction you went in with the chair;-) can't wait to see it finished! Don't you want to take a vacation and come to Atlanta for a few days?!!!

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  5. I love how the chair turned out. Can't wait to see the final reveal!

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  6. Didn't mean to say I can't wait to see it finished (like I was referring to the chair) I meant to say that I can't wait to see the room!

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  7. What a great looking chair! It looks comfortable, too.

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  8. I just love it when great ideas come at the last minute! A genius idea and anything that saves time is great. I really like the contrast of the wood against the dark leather. I think you made the right choice and it looks wonderful.

    Can't wait to see the finished room! Don't leave us hanging to long!

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  9. I love that it dawned on you when you saw the pencils. And I absolutely LOVE that chair. LOVE that chair. By the way, I really LOVE that chair!!!

    Kelly

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  10. It looks amazing! Great job with the chair. It is a gorgeous one ~ worth saving!
    Paula Grace ~

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  11. That rug looks fantastic and that looks to be a wise direction to go with the chair. I do like the color and how welcoming it feels. It really generates some warmth. That is an office I would love to work in!

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  12. love the warmth of the wood with all the yummy dark tones in the room!

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  13. That looks so great! Love that rug :).
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  14. The chair looks great - good call!

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  15. the chair looks really really fabulous! well done!!

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  16. MUST MUST MUST know the source of the rug. Hope it's available in an 8x10!!! Can't wait for the reveal.

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  17. What a clever girl you are! I love how the finish looks "worn" as well. Fabulous!!

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  18. Looks great - I can't believe what a speedy redo this has been!

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  19. Awesome! I am a follower of your great diy tips. I found your blog years ago and loved the storage and garage solution tips and advice originalshelters.com/

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