Before & After: Caution, Wire Chair Ahead

published Feb 12, 2015
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(Image credit: Lindsay)

Lindsay scored this cool vintage wire chair with the help of her mom. It was destined to be a fluorescent accent in her home office, and it sure pops:

(Image credit: Lindsay)

From Lindsay:

When designing my new home office, I had a very specific thing in mind. Unfortunately, I also had a very small budget for my chair. I scoured thrift stores searching for just the right thing. Ideally, I wanted metal, wire if possible and vintage was a plus. I knew it would get a coat of neon spray paint because neon yellow was just the pop that my white and blue office needed. As you can imagine, thrift stores aren’t filled with vintage wire chairs, but I searched and searched.

When I had about given up, my mom sent me a photo of this vintage wire office chair. She’d found it at a local antiques store and it was $30. I texted back as quickly as possible, “Buy it!!!”

When I got it home, I couldn’t believe how perfect it was! I immediately got rid of the vinyl seat and nearly cried at the vintage wire goodness found underneath. Using a screwdriver, we easily removed the armrests. I painted it first with Rustoleum’s basic primer. I made sure to do a very light coat of primer. This chair has so many nooks and crannies. I wanted every part of the wire covered, but it can be really easy in trying to reach all angles to apply way too much paint and have a lot of drips and runs. After applying the primer and letting it dry (according to the can’s directions), I applied two light coats of my favorite neon paint: Rustoleum’s Fluorescent Yellow. This paint is made for caution signs, but it is the perfect neon!

The new chair completes my office and gives it that bit of modern and quirk that it so desperately needed.

For more photos, check out Lindsay’s blog, White Buffalo Styling Co.

Thank you Lindsay!