Junk Yard Step Chair Redo

12 Hours
My old Dodge pickup is rusting. Trying to restore the rusting parts piece by piece, hoping to keep it in good condition, my handy husband went to his favorite salvage yard in search of a fender. He called me when he found one and said, "I've got a fender and there is an old kitchen step stool seat thing here that is getting thrown out. It's really rough. Is it something you are interested in trying to fix up?" I said "YES! Please and thank you!"
Rough, but having potential, I intended to redo the step chair in industrial style for the workshop. I envisioned chrome legs and steel diamond plated steps, seat and backrest. That was... until I saw this this industrial stool.
Appeared discouraging at first.
Leather and rustic metal. I love it. Old world marries the new world. Intriguingly attractive to me.

I changed my "diamond plate mind".

A woman's "right" thing to do. So I set myself up to replicate my inspirational piece idea.
I used this $3.99 "pleather" skirt from a thrift shop for upholstery.
Cleaned and sanded the step chair.
Painted and distressed it.
Added some raw elements of a worn leather belt.
So now, hubby and I have a workbench chair. An awesome old one. Great step up type to use for those higher shelves that I used to use a crate box to get to.
Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
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  • DJP53 DJP53 on Jan 28, 2023

    I have one to redo but the legs are rusted through some. How would I fix that to restore mine?

  • She70994155 She70994155 on Jun 10, 2023

    That is simply a brilliant job!

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  • Pamela Holiday Pamela Holiday on Aug 15, 2020

    I have a similar old chair. Please show me all of the material used to create this amazing chair, come back to style.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Aug 30, 2022

    I have 2 of these chairs one has been redone the other is out in my garage waiting for it’s makeover… think it’s getting time to gussy that chair up … lol… thanks for posting your awesome redo on your chair ….