Welcome to the 212th Metamorphosis Monday!
How was your weekend? Were you in blizzard territory? The pictures I’ve been seeing online are amazing!
For this Met Monday, I’m sharing a “comfort” change I made in the office this weekend. It was one I was reluctant to make but finally decided it needed to be done.
If you have been reading BNOTP for a while, you may remember when I purchased my desk chair. I found this adorable chair online at Pottery Barn Teen. I loved (and still love) the design of the back, the scalloped apron and the curvy top. Once it arrived, I loved how it looked in the office. But there was just one problem, the back, though very pretty, wasn’t very comfortable. I spend a lot of hours at my desk and my back needs something a little kinder. Off and on over the last 6 months, I’ve been periodically Googling for white/cream office/desk chairs. I never really found anything I liked. Most are super modern looking or outrageously expensive.
This weekend I remembered seeing one in Kate’s beautiful office in one of her previous posts. I found the post again and noticed she mentioned buying it in Staples. We have a lot of those here in the Atlanta area so off I went to check them out. While looking at the Staples website, I noticed they had a $50 off sale starting today on all office/desk chairs costing $159 and up. Perfect timing! The chair is called, Belsante. Sounds Italian, doesn’t it. Well, it’s not…but I’m pretending that it is. 🙂
Here’s how Mr. Belsante looks right out of the box, definitely “some assembly required.” I thought I’d share how to put him together in this post, just in case a Mr. Belsante comes into your life sometime soon. He wasn’t hard to put together and the instructions were pretty easy to follow.
First step: squishing on the wheels. Literally, you just push them right down into the holes of the base. You have to press very firmly to get them in which is a little tricky since they roll underneath your hand. But with a little perseverance, I got them in place.
Next, I turned the base upright and put the “gas lift” into the hole. It’s what makes the chair go up and down when you adjust it for your height.
Next it was time to attach the seat plate to the bottom of the seat.
The seat plate and the chair are well marked so you know which way to attach the plate. The hardware for the chair included an Allen wrench but I always prefer to use my own for these things because the case on mine makes a nice handle for turning the wrench. Trying to tighten a screw with a single Allen wrench is really hard on the hand.
Once the plate was tightly attached, it was time to attach the back of the chair to the seat. I placed the back on a blanket, then placed the seat at a 90 degree angle atop the metal plate protruding from the bottom of the back. There are four screws that hold it in place.
The diagram in the direction booklet showing how to attach the handles wasn’t very clear. As I was trying to figure it out, I noticed each handle was tagged with a paper indicating where it went. Whew! Glad to see that since the diagram was confusing.
After the handles were attached with 4 long screws, a silver cap went into the end of each opening to hide the head of the screw. Then it was just a matter of placing the chair atop the gas lift. That part was a little tricky since I couldn’t hold the chair and see the gas lift at the same time. I moved the chair over near the office mirror and looked sideways into the mirror to guide the chair down onto the lift. Yay, for mirrors!
Here’s Mr. Belsante in his new home. He’s leather and very comfy. My back is saying, Ahhhhh as I type this. 🙂
I was a little worried the chair would be too “stark-white” until I saw it in the store. Fortunately, it’s a nice creamy white and you would swear it was dyed to match the Pottery Barn Bedford desk which is listed as “antique white” on the PB site. The color is identical to the desk! Lucky break, there!
Final cost: $199.99 minus $50.00 (coupon is available in the Staples flyer inside the store) + $10.43 tax = $160.42. Pssst: If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you can see the full metamorphosis of this office from child’s bedroom to home office in this post: Building a Home Office, The Journey
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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