Oct 2, 2012

Upcycled Chair Backs into Bench

I love a good trip to the landfill. My husband? Not so much. He views the landfill as strictly a drop-off destination while I see it as Upcycling Project Central. Admittedly, those projects tend to involve him to varying degrees, but I know perfectly well that he loves tool time. When I came home with this discarded, wooden ladder, he rolled his eyes, but there was no arguing the results or the price-tag for this shabby chic planter at $2.97 in paint.

 As with the ladder, my ideas tend to evolve after I have identified a diamond-in-the-rough, but with the advent of my Pinterest addiction this year, I now venture forth on Saturdays armed with plenty of ideas. So when I stumbled upon four of these chair backs, I knew immediately what they would
become.


I didn't think my luck could possibly get any better, but it did. While driving home from the landfill I stumbled upon this mini chicken coop on the side of the road, free for the taking! (more on the evolution of the mini coop another time) If there is something more exciting than finding really cool, free stuff, that can be turned into something beautiful and/or functional, I don’t know what it is.
My step-daughter pitched in, sanding the finish off the chair backs.
 Gotta love a chick with power tools.
 A little bit of scrap wood was turned into the bench seat.
 The bench received two coats of primer.
 View from underneath the seat.
 The finished product.

26 comments :

  1. Wow! I am in awe of your bench! Such a clever and creative way to upcycle the chair backs. Great job!

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    1. Thanks! Now I have to figure out where to put it! lol

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  2. Wow, what fabulous ideas! I may have to 'borrow' the step ladder idea! :D x

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  3. WOW! First off, total score on the little chicken building! Second, love-love-love the bench. The top photo made me laugh, it looks like a total set up..."cue chickens". Those little ladies sure are pretty :)

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    1. I KNOW! Can you believe it? AND it was only about 1/4 mile from my house, on my street! :o

      My chickens are total hams, they don't go in the front yard very often, unless I'm out there and then they're all up in my business. LOL!

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  4. This is so creative and beautiful! It looks like an expensive piece of boutique furniture. You really have an imaginative flair.

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    1. Thank you Heather. In fairness, it's not an original idea of mine, I saw it on Pinterest. The ability to score the free stuff is a talent all my own, however. :D

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  5. That bench is wonderful!! What a cool way to recycle someone else's trash. Love it!

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  6. So cute, Kathy! Don't you love it when you can just envision what pieces can be upcycled into? :) And that little chicken coop is just adorable! Thanks for the invite to you Monday party, too! So much fun!

    xoxo laurie

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  7. I do love this bench...awesome idea's here..I'm following back,thanks for following LoblollyLane and the invite for the linky party,I'll be linking up.

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  8. Oh.My.Goodness. How adorbs is this? And a free chicken coop...how much luckier could a girl get?!

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  9. That is a great transformation from the chair backs, I never would have thought of building a bench. Such creative ideas out here in blogland. Love the color that you picked for it also.

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  10. That is a charming bench! Nicely done!

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  11. That is a fabulous bench! Thanks for sharing at Repurposed ideas Weekly.

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  12. Really love the bench! Such a great idea. I think I'm going to have to borrow this idea <3

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  13. Amber *SaltTree*5/21/13, 9:14 AM

    Love it! What a wonderfully unexpected way to reuse chairs, Kathy!

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  14. Very creative! It's amazing what can be made with 'junk' no-one else wants. Great job!

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  15. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 6:46 PM

    Thanks Laura!

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  16. This is great. Very pretty and a fabulous idea. I love the color. New follower from the Cropped Stories Pincentive Hop. Have a great day!!!

    Ashley@Supremely Divine Life

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  17. So clever and awesome result, love love it!

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  18. Great job! This is an amazing transformation! Dee :)

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  19. Now that is seriously cool! What a creative use for chair backs! Thanks so much for linking up at Get Your DIY On! I hope to see you back on Sunday at 7pm EST with your holiday signs! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

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  20. The bench is great but the chicken house on the side of the road......AWESOME !!

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  21. creek house2/7/15, 2:44 PM

    I found 4 metal and wood chair backs in back of the grocery store I worked at and then I found this post. Yea!!! Thank you Kathy, now I'll have two benches.

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