Rescue and recycle those old chairs

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

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.

Chairs as Wall Shelves

I spotted this neat way to reuse old chairs in the March 2010 edition of Country Living U.K. magazine. This would work really well with children's chairs that your kiddies have outgrown. Just shows you how there's no limit to re-imagining how to use old stuff. In my own way I have recycled chairs to reuse--well, as chairs--but freshened up a bit.

Recover a Drop-in Seat 

This old armchair had a tacky, cracked black leather seat cover so I gave it a new look by recycling a brown tweed jacket into a seat cover. It's fairly easy to recover chairs that have removable drop-in seats. 

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 an buy tea towelling by the yard (or metre) at fabric stores. Just slip stitch hems at both ends and add ties to the side. 

Categories: Chairs, Furniture, DIY

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