Do you have a chair with a broken back? Save it!
You guys know I will save just about anything! A while back I scooped up an outdoor furniture set at a garage sale, I had been looking for a new bench and this one was perfect. It came with two chairs that I thought were pretty cute too. I made the bench over for our patio and the chairs got shoved into a storage shed until I could think of something to do with them. Then, someone broke one. 🙁 I’m not sure if it was my husband or kids, but none the less, it was in disrepair. Most people would have tossed it, but I was determined to make it useful!
This idea is going to change the way you look at broken chairs on the side of the road or in your very own house. The concept is easily adaptable to just about any chair and you will have extra seating available in no time!
The weather has turned so gorgeous lately, it’s just the thing that makes me want to get outside and get some projects done. I don’t like working outside in the cold, or extreme heat, so projects tend to stockpile for good weather days, then I pay for it with a sore body from exerting to much elbow grease!
I couldn’t have asked for a prettier day to tackle this chair. You can see, I easily sawed the back of this chair completely off, leaving two “stubs”, even in length, where the chair back meets the seat. I used a hand held jigsaw, you might want to use a chop saw if that works for you. It is helpful to have a second set of hands to hold the back as you cut it down. Always use extreme caution when sawing!
For this stool conversion I painted the wood with black chalky paint and waxed it for a professional finish.
This new stool will look especially cute with an overstuffed cushion, tied down through the holes part of the chair back left when removed (project for a later date!). You will have to play around with your chair to see what works best for you. I love to have unobtrusive seating and when you remove the back to a chair you end up with a sleek version of the original that can easily tuck away when not needed.
Hopefully this little trick will help save some furniture should you happen to break a favorite chair! Let me know if you have any chairs that could use this kind of makeover! Don’t forget to share this idea so you can save some poor little broken chair out there!
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