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Street Find - Transforming a Discarded Chair

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)


My Sunday morning street find this morning was this side chair. On my way back, someone had picked it up and I was glad of that. We certainly don't need more furniture in the landfill. This chair could have easily been donated to our neighbourhood charity shop at St. John's Church just around the corner!! 

The possibilities for transforming this chair are amazing. 


All it takes to transform the chair is new modern fabric. Above is an example of fabrics used on chairs sold by Anthropologie.

There's a lot of info on the web for reholstering chairs but for me, they are way to complicated. I've reupholstered simlar chairs in the past and, because my attention span is nil, I found an easy peasy way to redo my chairs.



Not to bore you with my own instructions I found that Liz over at Love Grows Wild has nice detailed instructions for recovering an office chair. But since it was the only chair I found that had a separate back and seat, it would be easy to follow what she does.


To see how she does it, click here.


You could end up with something like this.



I love the simplicity of this fabric.

Street Finds - Wooden Chairs

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)



Another day, another find. This time a set of four wooden chairs. Maybe not the best colour in the world but these were in great shape. I would take these home myself but I have no more room. I'm just hoping someone is savvy enough to take them and revamp them. There are tons of ideas online on how to do just that.


Recycling old belts

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Here’s another way to recycle old belts from Kiki over at Kiki The Spunky Munky – an old aluminum lawn chair frame revitalized with belts. You could pick up inexpensive belts from junk or thrift stores or ask family and friends if they have any they no longer use. If your belts don't have enought holes, make them with hole punches.


It would make a fun Father’s Day gift!

Rescue and recycle those old chairs

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You don't have to toss out your old chairs or spend a lot of money to recover them. Take a look at how easy it is to rescue and reuse your old seating.


Recover a Drop-in Seat 



Take a chair, any old chair that has a seat that needs replacing.  It's fairly easy to recover chairs that have removable drop-in seats. See how here.


Chair Cover Using Tea Towelling



On the other hand, to quickly freshen up an old upholstered chair, I made a removable (and washable) tie-on cover using tea towelling as the cover material. You can buy tea towelling by the yard (or metre) at fabric stores. Just slip stitch hems at both ends and add ties to the side.