From Dining Chair to Foot Stool
I just recently inherited two occasional chairs from my mom. We moved her in with us. There is now furniture in her home not getting used. I needed a couple of chairs for my living room so I asked my mom if I could have the chairs. I wanted a foot stool for each chair but did not want to go and spend money on new ones as I knew there had to be something in my house I could up cycle. Sure enough as looked around the house my eyes landed on 3 dining chairs. The 4th chair to this group had met its demise. As looked at the chairs my mind sees a chair with the back cut off and the legs lowered. Off to the work shop, I go with these 2 chairs. I already had everything I needed in my work shop so I had did not have to spend any money.
Here is the chair before the change. I had refurbished these chairs several years ago but, with the 4th longer in existence, it was time to use the other 3 for something else.
Now I must apologize, I got so engrossed in the project I forgot to take pics along the way. The seat was removed before any work was started. The back was removed using a skill saw. The legs had to be shortened 2 inches. I then sanded all the wood. I then used a paint that I thinned to a watery consistency and applied with a damp cloth. The first coat was a beige. The second coat a burnt orange and then another coat of beige. After the paint dried I applied a coat of Howard Restore-A-Finish, in a light oak finish. I rubbed that and applied a coat of Howard Bees wax. Put the seat back on, stood back and took a look. There was a spot on each side where the back was cut off. It was a small hole. I decided to put a drawer pull over those holes. It's different but I like the outcome. What a way to use a couple of old chairs. As I say "Everything old is new again".
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- Old dining chair
- Behr paint (Home Depot)
- Hand sander
- Fine grit sand paper
- Howard Restore-A-Finish (Home Depot)
- Howard Bees Wax (Home Depot)
- Skill Saw
Published August 28th, 2017 11:10 AM
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Jeannie Carle on Sep 08, 2017Brilliant! And it's already made to sit on, so no worries if they do! I love this - will be looking for chairs at my fave lil "junk" store. Already have a place in mind for the backs :-)
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