Cottage style banker’s chair

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white banker's chair

I don’t always know how to describe my style.  Obviously, I have a love affair going on with vintage pieces.  But since vintage basically means old, I can’t really say that is a style.

I tend to be drawn to beachy, rustic, industrial, glam, cottage, and traditional with the slightest dash of modern.  A bit of a smorgasbord.

But as soon as I saw this banker’s chair at a yard sale last summer, I knew it wanted to be a simple cottage chair.

(Okay, so confession.  I had no idea this was called a banker’s chair until I googled it.  I usually call office chairs on wheels “rolly chairs”.  But I realized that makes me sound like a 5 year old and thought I should sound a bit more professional on my blog.  But then I felt a burning desire to confess the truth.)

banker chair before

This guy started out nice enough – he just had a huge case of the blahs.  Not to mention the wood finish had weird black flecks all over it.  Not a fan of that.

So I ended up turning this guy from a manly man chair to a pretty lady.


I painted this chair with three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white.  (Yes, it took three coats.  The pure white doesn’t seem to cover quite as well as some of the more saturated colors).  Then I distressed it with my trusty sanding block.  I absolutely love the way chalk paint distresses – it just looks so natural. After recovering the seat with linen, the transformation was complete.

distressed banker's chair

And here she is – a real beauty.  I can see her being right at home in a sweet home office.  This piece is currently for sale at Olde Salem Mercantile.

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  1. says

    Carrie, it’s one hundred thousand percent better! Isn’t it fun to take something old with good bones and totally transform it into something lovely? You lived up to your name on this one! ;)

  2. says

    I love those kinds of chairs! We have one for our computer area and its lost a few of the back pieces but I love the look…plus I found it in our woods…and your chair looks lovely.

  3. says

    Hey Carrie, great job on the banker’s chair, I have a couple myself but have left them in the original finish. However, the way you finished yours is swaying me…

    Did you by any chance turn the chair upside-down so you could see if that seat might at one time had either hole-to-hole cane in it or machine woven cane webbing? Just curious because of the upholstered cushion there. Many times, they put that over a cane seat that was shot.

    See my website and blog for examples of the different kinds of caning.

    The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

  4. says

    I clicked on your link because I took home a big old heavy thrifted office chair with the intention of painting it, but haven’t got around to it yet. Yours is just perfect. Its the nudge I needed to break down and order some ASCP!
    I am now following you with Linky and can’t wait to find your post about the painted floors. AND will be marking my calendar to catch your unique link party, perfect for my new blog :-)

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