Why? I think Chairs are a conundrum for people. They can be hard to paint, or if a spindle breaks, or comes loose, it takes time and patience to fix them.
At any given moment (and especially this moment) I have more chairs than I know what to do with. About half of them are not suitable for sitting anymore. What do with these old chairs? Turn to Pinterest of course!
I started a new board you can follow “Chair upcycles”. Here are my favorite 21 ideas for upcycling broken, unloved or just unused chairs.
If you don’t follow Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIY’er, you are missing out. This girl can make anything from your garbage look like a treasure. This particular project, she found in her neighbors trash!
Christy has THE BEST step by step tutorials on how to follow all her projects too.
This Chair Upcyle from Oh! My Creative is just pure genius. How cute is this for your next gathering! This would be perfect for an indoor party as well.
I have a weak spot for chairs made into a bench. I couldn’t find the original source of this picture. If anyone knows, please let me know and I will change the link. Chair to bench upcycle Via Pinterest:
I love the idea of a chair as a planter. This one also missing an original pin. I did this myself to two of my old chairs, how to coming soon! Love the tiling on the chair too! Chair Upcycle Via Pinterest.
This Chair Upcycle took me by surprise. I would have NEVER thought to use the Chair Spindles as Candle Holders, but that’s exactly what Farm Chic did with her old chair pieces.
Here is another lovely Chair Plant Stand. This one is hanging! I found this at The Little Corner on Tumblr.
Another from Pinterest, Upcycled Chair to a Dog Bed. What dog wouldn’t love this?
This Chair upcycle is AMAZING but sadly the blogger no longer has a tutorial, or a blog available, so you will have to use your imagination of how to take this old chair to this upholstered chair. But WOW.
Another Chair Planter! I can’t get enough of how many ways you can do this. From The Junk Chick, they have a full tutorial on how to build this from your old chair.
Another Pinterest missing a good link, but you can get the idea here. I love the Garden Stools, and especially the rope handles!
How about the chair as art! This is a lowly Kitchen Chair from an 1950’s – 1970’s style kitchen set. Who hasn’t made one of these over. I have a Pink one in my closet that was one of my very first Painted Projects wayyyyyy back in the day. This beautiful chair from Pinterest.
Here’s another one of those retro chairs with a totally new look. I had to look twice to even notice it was one of “those” chairs. These chairs are especially good for paint projects with detail like this cute chair from Girl About Townhouse. Don’t you love the pops of Gold?
Something about old maps just grabs me, especially foreign maps. I love what Pillar Box Home did with old maps and old chairs! She has a fantastic tutorial too. Be sure to go check it out.
Here’s another amazing DIY Blogger, Gail from My Repurposed Life. I have been reading Gail’s blog for years, and she consistently amazes me at what she can build from old parts. Another Chair to Bench project, and I love it.
If you are like me, you love Just Add Wheels to projects (check out my post on how to), I do it all the time! It would have never occurred to me to cut the bottom of a chair off and make it into a Toddler Scooter! This is genius. From Pinterest.
I love taking free things and making something new. Like these chairs I got for free and made into a bench. You can see all the details here at this POST.
You can also Spray Paint gross old leather with Metallic Spray Paint. I got this chair from my neighbor years ago. It lived in a house where a woman smoked for 30 years with the windows closed. It took a lot of cleaning, then had to do something with that leather. Read all about how to Spray Paint gross Leather HERE.
What if you have a chair that is missing a seat entirely? Turn to Martha, Martha Stewart. She really does know EVERYTHING. She shows how to make a woven seat on a chair with no seat. You could even do this idea with old neckties, belts or Upholstery Webbing.
I saved the best for last! My friend, You Tuber and DIY Paint Queen, Debi Beard of Debis Design Diary DIY Paint. She made these ornaments from old chair parts. Watch her amazing Video to see how she makes these, her videos are so fun, you will watch several in a row before you realize it!
And my most favorite chair upcycle! Also from Debi Beard of DIY Paint and Debis Design Diary DIY Paint, used an old upholstered chair, she covered in Wood and then did this super cool boat chippy finish on it with 100% Natural DIY Clay Based Paints.
I hope some of these chair upcycles have inspired you to look at your old chairs, or the next chair you find on the side of the road into the next great chair upcycle.