Upcycling: New Uses For Old Chairs

Admit it. You either have some old rickety wooden chairs sitting around collecting dust, chairs that have seen too many years and borne too many pounds, or you are sick and tired of seeing them at every yard sale or thrift shop.

If you’re like me, you’ve considered doing something to these chairs, to make them attractive once again, but if you’re honest with yourself, you know that they will never really be comfortable to sit in again.

For instance, my wife and I have been shopping for dining chairs for months, when a friend suggested that we collect an assortment of old wooden chairs, each chair different from the other, and then paint them all the same color, high gloss of course.

Sounds like a great idea, huh?

Well, from a strictly aesthetic perspective it is a great idea. But, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, knowing that I want people sitting around my dining table to be so comfortable that they will want to remain there for hours, enjoying food and drink and each other’s company, and I’m certain that people would be squirming around in those hard wooden chairs wishing they were just about anywhere else before the entree is served.

This installment of my Upcycling series, then, takes a look at some very cool ideas for repurposing old chairs, with all but one taking seating out of the equation entirely.

Via Do The Green Thing, here are my faves:

8 thoughts on “Upcycling: New Uses For Old Chairs

  1. These are great ! Looking at the first shot suggest other possibilities. You could have a real flower bed in the garden. :)

  2. I’ve seen some collections of lots of all different chairs, really great. And yes, I DO have some wobbly old ones, painted once but still not quite what I want. You can have one :-D

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