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 momma van).
|My chairs, sitting where I found them in the chair graveyard.|
The chairs were decrepit. They were missing their seats and needing of a good wash down. But that didn't scare me off. The first thing we did on our way home was stop by a Do It Yourself car wash and gave them a bath. When 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. . .
I next cleaned off all of the old chair covers and unneeded pieces. I had a few old pallets laying around by my garage (yes, I sort of collect them). So I grabbed an electric saw and started to build my new seats. My first thought was to build a bench that was three chairs long, however I didn't have pallet wood long enough to cover all three chairs and didn't want to buy new wood. So I decided to make a two chair love seat and a matching chair to create a set.
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 trimmed down and cut a little more off.
Then I sanded down the edges and screwed them all into place. The wood I used was not finished, so I also had to sand down the seats to keep little butts from getting splinters and gave the whole thing a fresh coat of sealant.
It did cross my mind to paint this set, but once I saw all the mis-colored woods, I just couldn't cover that up! When I was finished I had what I like to think of as a chic country look. I loved it.
It is now setting under my windows in my dining room for extra guest seating.
Remember, just because something is old it does not mean it is useless. .
<3 Dick and Jane