Warped & Broken Wood Chairs Become Wall Art For The Entry

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4 Hours
When I find pieces that catch my attention at a yard sale or barn pick, I have to bring them home. When my husband and I did our last barn pick, I found three pairs of vintage theater chairs that had been through all kinds of elements because the roof of the barn was not intact. I didn't care. I loved the detail on the backs of the chairs and I thought we could do something with them. That was last spring. I finally felt inspired to work with them and couldn't be more happy with the outcome.

I have been wanting to change up the things on our entry wall for some time. I thought it needed something on a bigger scale because the wall is so tall. These chairs were going to fit the bill.
The first thing we had to do was remove the layers of wood that were warped from being in the rain, sun and snow for so long.
Since the seats were not functional, I thought it would be amazing to hang the backs of the chairs (my favorite part anyway) on our entry wall. We used our {aff} reciprocating saw to cut the backs off the seats.
We were left with the best part of the chairs. I used my orbital sander to remove the rest of the layers of wood that didn't just peel off. Then, I used bleach and water to wash the chair backs and let them dry full for a few days.
I painted the backs in {aff} "Picket Fence" from Fusion Mineral Paint. After they dried, I distressed them with my sander.
Now, the chairs hang in our entry! They were the perfect addition to this wall. You can see it when you are sitting on the sofa in our living room and the chair backs give the prettiest back drop to that space!
I found a way to make easy wreaths to hang on the chairs as well. I searched all over for small wreaths, but they were way too expensive. I came up with an alternative that cost less than $2 per wreath! I will be sharing those soon!
To see more of this repurposed chairs post, head to my blog! https://mycreativedays.porch.com/repurposed-chairs-become-wall-decor/

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  • Lindsay Eidahl Lindsay Eidahl on Mar 29, 2021

    No worries. I didn't think you were. I was just saying these were in horrible condition, but I wanted to use them somehow. I understand there are pieces you shouldn't touch and others you should try and get what you can out of them

  • Patricia Patricia on May 16, 2021