Sometimes it just takes looking at something with a new eye. That is definitely the lesson I learned when I turned these set of dilapidated yard sale chairs into a brand new bench for my home.
|My chairs, sitting where I found them in the chair graveyard.|
A Fresh Perspective on Old Chairs
A few weeks ago while I was out browsing yard sales I came across what could only be characterized as an old chair graveyard. There were dozens of them, broken, mangled and set out to rot. I would guess that they were pretty old and I loved the vintage appeal of them. I decided that I would save three of them from the garbage dump (even though I wish I could have saved them all, they all just wouldn’t fit in the back of my van).
The chairs were decrepit. They were missing their seats and needing of a good wash down. But that didn’t scare me off.
DIY Chair Bench
The first thing we did was stop by a Do It Yourself car wash and gave the chairs a bath. To my delight, I washed away the dirt I found gorgeous metal brackets on the corners. Score! These chairs reminded me of something country chic… and so my mind started turning. . .
Once the wood was cut to the correct lengths I laid it out to find the right spot for each piece of wood. Next, I marked the sides that needed trimming down and cut a little more off.