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September 9, 2010


  1. September 9, 2010 5:51 pm

    Wow, I never would’ve thought to do that, but I like it! Swivel chairs are much more comfortable for desks but they’re normally big, ugly and black… at least mine is. Maybe it’s time to change that!

  2. September 9, 2010 6:24 pm

    Love it, and I LOVE the way it was packaged. I bet the delivery person hadn’t seen anything quite like that before. 🙂

    Oh, and thanks for posting the links about shell chair refurbishing. They’ll be put to use eventually when I refinish my knock offs. For now, they’re happily languishing in a storage unit!

  3. September 9, 2010 6:43 pm

    I have that same base on my cream eames desk chair and I love it. Except it goes SQQQQUUUUEEEAAAKKKK when it rotates. It needs a bit of lubrication.

  4. September 9, 2010 6:50 pm

    Dude, that looks great! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It’s quite inspiring. I really like the look, I used to hate star bases just because I was familiar with the office black plastic with casters. I still hate those, unless you’re actually in an office, but this star base is awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. September 9, 2010 6:55 pm

    Nice job!!

  6. September 9, 2010 7:10 pm

    yeah, this new base is cool. Like the update.

    I ship all my packages in old trash bags and duct tape.

    Don’t see what’s funny about that.


  7. misa permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:42 pm

    are you feeling all itchy? i think it was worth it!

    • September 10, 2010 2:00 am

      Actually, not at all! It’s important to use plenty of water when sanding, it really contains the dust to a milky liquid instead of all over the place.

  8. Danyelle Hadaway permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:59 pm

    Did you end up sanding with sandpaper or a sander? I have been wanting to do this with my shell chairs but I don’t know if I really should invest in buying a sander.

    • September 10, 2010 2:15 am

      I just used a quarter of a sheet of sandpaper (medium grit, followed up with a fine grit) and plenty of water from a spray bottle to contain the dust. My chair was already in pretty good shape, but I think the only reason you’d really NEED the electric sander is if you’re moving the shock mounts since it might be hard to hand-sand off the old epoxy, or if you were doing a lot of chairs. Many hardware stores, even the small ones, rent electric sanders too! I rented one for $15 when I made my desk, so that’s something to consider if you’re not likely to use it all the time but feel like you need it for this.

      Oh, and a teensy word of advice since it sounds like you might do this too, I’d start with the Penetrol on the underside of the chair, just to give yourself an opportunity to get used to it. It’s a little tricky getting the right consistency on there, but you figure it out pretty quickly.

  9. Lena permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:14 pm

    While I think I somehow prefered the before look I definitely can understand your need for a desk chair with a swivel base- I couldn’t work with a normal chair either. Did you move your carpet a bit? I would love to see some pictures of the whole room!

    • September 10, 2010 2:04 am

      Yes, I did move the rug! It was back when I got the bedside table– I moved my bed to the opposite wall and then the rug was *just* the right size, by coincidence, to fit under the desk. I’ll work on taking a wider picture so y’all can get a better sense of the room, I guess I do normally just focus on whatever’s new! Oops!

      • Lena permalink
        September 10, 2010 9:35 am

        Thanks, that would be great!

  10. September 10, 2010 4:41 am

    I might be doing the same thing, glad it turned out so well
    love the blog

  11. September 10, 2010 12:43 pm

    Perfect. Just perfect.

    And what do you see when you swivel around?

    • September 11, 2010 2:24 am

      lots of homeless art lying around and mostly blank walls. It’s pathetic. I’ll do wider shots soon, promise!

  12. September 10, 2010 3:03 pm


    Also, if i even seem an Eames anything I’m snatching that sucker up! Even if it will look weird in my 50’s house. (Please don’t hate me because I’m not all modern and snazzy!)

    • September 11, 2010 2:27 am

      I don’t think it would look weird! It’s good to mix periods anyway, and plus, the chairs were introduced in 1950! Totally appropriate.

      Or don’t snatch them up but let me know where they are so I can. your choice.

      • September 11, 2010 1:51 pm

        I’m currently wondering what happened to all the ones that were in the old library where I live, because they certainly didn’t find themselves a home in the new library. I’m sure they are long gone, along with all the lovely Bertoia diamond chairs, which makes me incredibly sad. Damn whoever made that decision for not understanding that the old library was stylish and awesome!

  13. Ana permalink
    September 10, 2010 3:42 pm

    I totally understand needing a swivel base at a desk.

    I have a similar base on my office chair and if I could give you a word of warning it would be this: Watch your toes.

    Those bases are like magnet for defenseless toes.

  14. September 11, 2010 12:42 am

    Lookin’ good!!

    I have a couple (dozen) shells that could really stand to undergo the Penetrol treatment, so I’m glad to hear that the sanding process isn’t as dastardly as I’d imagined it would be.

    Did you notice any color-shifting at all?

    • September 11, 2010 2:19 am

      No, not from sanding. I really wasn’t too aggressive with the sandpaper, just sort of lightly went over the whole thing, paying special attention to the edges.

      The Penetrol kind of gives the same effect on the color as when the chair is wet, to give you an idea of how your chairs would look. So if the chair is on the dry side (I don’t know if there’s a technical reason for this, but some chairs definitely look more parched than others, ya know?) the color might look darker/richer than you’re used to seeing it, and I think the fibers do look a bit less pronounced. I think this is basically what the chairs would have looked like new, although I guess I’ve never really seen a new one. So therefore they look less used/old/vintage. I think it’s a personal preference thing, there’s probably a strong argument to be made against the Penetrol treatment (kind of like how “restoring” an antique can decrease its value? maybe it’s less “authentic” now that it’s been refurbished?), but I’m happy with how it came out and I think it definitely adds some protection. I hope that makes sense/answers what you were asking! I got a little carried away.

  15. September 20, 2010 11:41 am

    I know this is beside the topic, but I love, love, love your oriental rug ! I long to find one as gogeous as yours…


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