Trash to Treasure Repurposed Dining Chair

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So, do you remember when I used to co-host the Craft Frenzy Friday link party? It was a weekly link party here on the blog where other bloggers could link up all their fun recent projects and you could browse around and check them out.

Well, when I did my reader survey I discovered that almost every single person who took the time to do the survey for me didn't really like that post! I guess you like seeing MY projects and not other peoples! That's awesome and so flattering I must say!

Well... long story short, that party ended at the decision of the main host and I was totally fine with that... as you are!

So instead, I have joined up with 6 other blogging friends of mine and we will be doing a monthly themed project together! It will happen the second Wednesday of each month, this month's theme is chairs. We could make over a whole chair or use just parts and pieces.

I'll post my chair project here and then at the end, there will be links to the other projects! That will be fun right? Only 6 other projects to enjoy instead of hundreds!

What to do with a single, ugly dining chair!

Here we all are... the Thrifty Chicks!! 😄

I found my chair at a storage unit sale last year for just $2.00. It's been sitting in my garage since then... just waiting for inspiration to hit!

I removed that nasty fabric covered seat and sanded the whole thing down first.

And then I gave it a coat of black spray paint. This is my base coat so it's just cheap spray paint.

I used the old particle board seat base to cut a new, nicer wood seat.

And then I used a planter to trace a circle onto the seat base. Why you ask? You'll see!

I drilled a hole large enough to get my jigsaw blade in so I could cut out the circle.

Have you figured out what I'm making yet??

Then I used Driftwood Colored Stain on it.

Oh!! Now, do you see my plan?!

I spray painted over the black with off-white and then distressed it a bit.

I found a pretty teal colored pot and some plants on the clearance racks at Lowe's.

Tada! The perfect repurpose of an ugly, old dining chair!

Since the chair didn't have a whole lot going on in the way of scrolls or turned wood pieces I painted "Sunshine Garden" on the back to add a little interest.

The little doll is something my mom made for me eons ago! She's been outside so she's a little rough around the edges! I gave her some new bows on her shoes and in her hair and reattached her hand that had fallen off and now she's hanging from the chair.

This is sitting on my front porch now. I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers fill in.

Now, you'll be able to check out the other ladies' projects, I haven't even seen them past the before shots so I'm looking forward to it too!

Here are the links to check them out:

  1. Marie - The Interior Frugalista - Playful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs
  2. That's me!
  3. Kandice - Just The Woods - Painting Outdoor Adirondack Chairs with HomeRight Finish Max Extra
  4. Tuula - Thrifty Rebel Vintage - Repurposed Chair Bird Feeder
  5. Debra - Shoppe No. 5 - What You Can Make With An Old Chair
  6. Diana - Adirondack Girl at Heart - How to Turn an Abandoned Chair Seat into a Farmhouse Sign
  7. Lora B. of Lora  - Leg-o-Matic Chair Refresh
Next month's theme is kitchen items!!!

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JoElle said...

I LOVE this idea - both the chair and the Thrifty Chicks. I can't wait to see what all you talented ladies come up with.

Debra Pashkowsky said...

This is so creative. I will need to try this when I find another chair. This is so much fun.

Marie Blackburn said...

This is such a creative and adorable way to repurpose an old chair. Your Mom's wooden angel adds that fun whimsical touch along with the script on the back. Love the pop of turquoise too. Lovely way to welcome guests on your front porch, Tania!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Love this Tania! Perfect way to use an old chair. That pop of turquoise is so fun and the pink flowers will look awesome with it when they fill in.

Tania said...

Thanks Tuula!


Tania said...

Thanks Marie! At first I wasn't planning to keep it buy then I loved it and my front porch really needed help! lol!


Tania said...

Thanks Debra! It was such an easy project!


Tania said...

Thanks JoElle!


Kandice @ Just the Woods, llc said...

this is so cute!! I have a few chairs sitting around that I should try this on

Tania said...

Thank you so much Kandice!


Vikki B said...

What a great make-over and such a nice welcome to your home. You did a smashing job of the lettering!!! I like your idea of limiting this to seven of you and I'll be watching.

Tania said...

Thanks Vikki and I'm glad you enjoyed our challenge. I know what you mean about limiting the number of participants, it makes it so much nicer to be able to see all the projects without having the huge number of participants that are in the link parties! We may add one more participant though!


Jas @All that's Jas said...

That is awesome idea, Tania! Well done! I love all the finishing touches, especially that doll your mom made :)

Tania said...

Thank you so much Jas!


Lora Bloomquist said...

Cute project, and perfect for the season! I've got a couple extra chairs...;)

Tania said...

Thanks Lora!


handmade by amalia said...

A great makeover, Tania, and you make it look easy :-)

Tania said...

Thank you Amalia, this was one of the easier projects!


Amanda Wallace said...

So glad you are part of this group, I follow over half of them already and they are amazing women, perfect for you and your talents. I love all of the changes you have been making to the blog lately and look so forward to each new post.

Tania said...

Thanks Amanda! I have followed a few of them too and then we discovered that we are all in the same online blogging class together so we created our own little Facebook group to support each other and then the Thrifty Chicks idea was born! It really was a lot of fun! I'm glad you like the changes and I'm glad you noticed! I am experimenting with getting the right mix of advertising now so please let me know if you see any issues or anything that just drives you bonkers! I really wish I could do it without advertising but it's a necessary evil if I'm going to ever take this full-time which is my dream :o)


Stephanie Abbott said...

Good idea. It's so cute as a planter. Added to my Pinterest queue. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go link party.

Tania said...

Thank you Stephanie!


Grandmas House DIY said...

This is just adorable :) Thanks for sharing it with us at the To grandma's house we go link party - I'll be featuring this tomorrow morning when the new party starts!

Tania said...

Yay! Thank you so much!!