Restyled Chairs Turned Stools

7-DSCF3891Restyled French Country Stools

1-DSCF3834These are the chairs that Youngest Son got rid of when we finished transforming the chairs I posted a while back. He was going to toss them, but I couldn’t let that happen. An idea was taking shape in my head.

They needed a bit of help.

2-DSCF3839The problems are pretty obvious with this one.

3-DSCF3841Not so obvious in this pic is the foot rail (left side of pic). It was broken off, not pulled out of, the front leg.

4-DSCF3847I repaired the legs and rails, and since I only wanted the bottom portion of each chair I simply cut the backs off.

5-DSCF3875The bottoms and the legs were painted black and lightly distressed with some sanding.

6-DSCF3876The tops didn’t need painting because they would be covered. I dug out these upholstery fabric choices for the seats.

7-DSCF3891A tiny bit of sewing, soft stuffing and a lot of staples later and I had a couple of comfy perches.

8-DSCF3895What do you think?


Chair Back Snowman Family

Time to show you what I did with those old chairs I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 1)

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 2)

They were chairs I salvaged from “The House“.

They were too rickety to actually be used as chairs, but I loved the spindles and their back story, so I just had to come up with something that would allow them to give a few more years of enjoyment.

I used a jigsaw to cut across the seat. The glue that held the legs in was pretty much gone, or was just a powdery consistency. It took no effort to simply pull the legs out.

The chair with the “solid” seat was cracked. It must have been that way for years, because someone had attached a board across the seat on the bottom to keep the split together. Since this board kinda created legs to one edge of the cut seat, I added another board to prevent the chair back from tipping over.

The other chair back needed no alterations. I was ready to craft.

I painted both chair backs using off white wall paint that I had picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing. Since the wood was pretty old, it soaked it up pretty good. A few coats were necessary.

The inner spindles became the snowmen. The amount of spindles inside the chair back frame determined how many snowmen were in the family.

I added pine garland around the frame…

…and scarves around the snowman necks.

So, are you inspired to go dumpster diving?

Party On!

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