One Chair Was Too Hard & One Was Too Soft... the Third is up to You!

It's time to move on... get up from the old chair and revive it

By Leah Fried

Step 1: Place bucket in center of chair

Lay your tin bucket onto an antique chair to figure out where it should sit

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 1 Get a bucket place it in the center

Step 2: Measure the distance

Measure the distance between the back of the bucket and the back of the chair

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 2 Measure the distance

Step 3: Trace size of bucket with pencil

If you're not happy with the results try a different placement for the bucket and draw again

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 3 Circle around the bucket with pencil

Step 5: Sand the edges of the circle

Clean up the edges of your circle with a piece of fine grit sandpaper

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 5 Sand the edges of the circle

Step 6: Paint the chair with a color you love

You can apply a few coats of paint until you achieve your desired look

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 6 Paint the chair with a color you love

Step 7: Seal with Minwax Finishing Paste Wax

Sealing will protect your chair from rotting and weathering

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 7 Seal with Minwax Finishing Paste Wax

Step 8: Place the bucket in the hole

Add any extras to your bucket that you wish!

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 8 Place the bucket in the hole

Next: Take an old dining chair & do this!

Have on old chair you don't want anymore? Before tossing it, consider repurposing it into a shelf!

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Next Take an old dining chair follow this

Step 1: Measure the shelf

Decide how deep you would like the shelf portion of your shelf to be and draw an even line across the seat

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 1 Measure the depth of the new shelf

Step 2: Saw the chair

Use a circular saw to cut across the seat of the chair all the way through

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 2 Saw the chair

Step 3: Saw off the legs

Cut off the back legs of the chair as close to the seat as possible

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 3 Saw off the legs

Step 4: Take off cross beams

If you have cross beams on your chair you can remove them with a screw driver

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 4 Take off cross beams

Step 5: Paint the chair with a color you love

Remember to paint the rails if you are using them

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 5 Paint the chair with a color you love

Step 6: Get a distressed look (optional)

Use a sanding block to rough the edges of the chair pieces & allow the wood color to peak through from underneath

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 6 Get a distressed look optional

Step 7: Attach hanging hooks

For the top piece of the chair you will attach them to the edge of the seat where you cut through

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you

Step 8: Screw the bracket back in

Take the chair rails you cut earlier & using wood glue and screws, screw them to the shelves

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 8 Screw the bracket back in

Step 9: Add L shape brackets

Add two actual brackets to the bottom of the chair and paint them to match

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 9 Add L shape brackets

Hang both pieces on the wall

These shelves are perfect for towels to hang from, but can really be used for a multitude of things!

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Hang both pieces on the wall

Step 1: Cut off the back of your chair

You will only need the base, seat and legs

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 1 Cut off the back of your chair

Step 2: Spray paint the stool

You can throw away the back of seat

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 2 Spray paint the stool

Step 3: Place foam pads on top of the chair

If you are using two pieces, be sure they are aligned as closely as possible

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 3 Place a foam pads on top of the chair

Step 4: Cut faux fur to the correct size

Be sure to leave a large amount of excess, so you can wrap it around the underside of the stool

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 4 Cut a faux fur to the correct size

Step 5: Attach the faux fur to the base

Flip your stool over, and secure the excess faux fur to the base of the stool using a staple gun

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 5 Attach the Faux Fur to the base

Step 6: Cut any excess fabric off

You can use the excess faux fur pieces by placing them onto any bare areas on the underside of the stool base

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 6 Cut any excess fabric off

Step 7: Admire your beautiful stool!

Place the stool where ever you want.

s one chair was too hard one was too soft the third is up to you, Step 7 Enjoy the look