Wednesday, November 17, 2010

3 chairs= a big beautiful bench!

This project has been a long time in coming.  Well, a long time in my world because I have 24- hour- itis!
My sister found these chairs for me during bulk trash this September.  I don't know about you, but finding "good" junk on the side of the road is almost better than an ice cream sundae!  Take these 3 chairs for instance.  Brown wood, ugly upholstery, broken leg supports- nightmare-really!! What was I going to do with 3 broken chairs?  But, then it hit me.  They had great curved backs and together they formed something beautiful!


 Well, I stripped them down naked, and painted them all over with some satin Krylon black spraypaint.  Thought maybe I'd reupholster the seats but chucked the inerds (is that a word??) and just kept the wooden seat.
I reattached them and sprayed them black too. The crazy ingenious part was attaching the chairs together to form a bench.  I drilled a hole in the front side and back side of each seat and used a 2 inch nut and bolt to keep them from slipping apart.  I also gave them a quick squirt of gorilla glue to adhere even better.  Now to make a cushion.  I can sew but I'm far from a professional! LOL!

 I got 4 foam seat cushion's at Joann's. I used spray adhesive to attach them together and form a long cushion.  I then trimmed the edges so the cushion was form fitting the shape of the chairs. 


I covered the cushion with a blue/ white floral fabric that coordinates with my toile room. A little navy cording trimmed the top of the cushion.  I added a pleated skirt to the cushion and ties to keep it attached to the chair and I'm truly lovin" it!  You know when you can't take your eyes off something- BINGO-this is it!!  Well, gotta fly-Claire



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34 comments:

  1. That is so clever. I think your project turned out beautifully.

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  2. Thanks Ellen Marie- I love this one too!

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  4. what a gorgeous bench the chairs make! perfect project for when you find those odd sets of 3 chairs.

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  5. What an awesome idea. I love it and love the fabric you used. Thanks so much for linking up.

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  6. What a neat idea - very clever! Love it - have to keep this in mind!

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  7. Hi! I just awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award on my recent post! Just thought I'd let you know :)

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  8. This is a unique and clever idea...and i love it!! Beautiful fabric choice, too

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  9. This is crazy, fun. The shield backs are so pretty and you did a fantastic job with the seat :).

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  10. Just pretty!
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  11. What a great idea! Looks fantastic, love the fabric choice!

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  12. You are amazing! I can't imagine even beginning that project but you make it seem so easy. I love your title and subtitle of the blog. I have a "thing" for birds. http://ourshelteringtree.blogspot.com/2010/11/sheltering-with-hope.html

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  14. Really pretty, love the fabric!

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  15. This really makes me want to dumspter dive! Thankyou for sharing htis incredibly creative idea!

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  16. Hi, I found you through Friday follow and I am your newest follower!The chairs are so cute. Happy Friday

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  17. Wonderful ideal, they look beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  18. What a great way to use those chairs! I love it, you did an excellent job.
    Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

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  19. Hi Claire! I cannot believe how clever and creative that is!! I would never have thought of that and it turned out just gorgeous! You have some serious talent and this definitely was ingenius! Thanks so much for linking it up to the party this week!
    Vanessa

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  20. Too adorable for words & very cleverly done!

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  21. Hi Claire~ Absolutely fantastic~ I think this came out wonderfully! You are very creative and I love the paint and fabric you chose! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  22. Oh wow...your curb shopping turned out GREAT!!!

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  23. That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
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  24. What an awesome project ... the old chairs were too nice to throw away. I'm glad they were rescued and you were able to make something useful and pretty with them. Came by way of Thrifty Thursday ... thanks for sharing!

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  25. Wow I can't believe that someone just junked those. I wish I could have been the finder. They actually are Duncan Fife chairs. I have a Duncan Fife table with the chairs. Some of those go for quite a bit of $$$.

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  26. Claire you've done it again,,, what a GREAT find, and what you did with it, is even better.

    This bench turned out great, and for a non sewer, you did a super job with that cushion.

    Thanks for linking up to **Amaze me AUgust** I really appreciate it.

    Oh and make sure you come enter my first giveaway coming SOON, I have SEVEN prizes up for grabs, and you won't want to miss it.

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  27. Oh and I REALLY like your new font, totally cute.

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  28. Thank you so much for linking up to our chair party! What a brilliant idea! Love the fabric choice too!
    Girls at Drab to Fab
    www.gorgfabgoodies.blogspot.com

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  29. Curbside? Now that's what I call NIFTY THRIFTY...come by next week and show them off at my NTT party...hope to see ya there:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  30. I love this! What a great job. Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm a follower of you too!

    Jo

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  31. I've been wanting to do a bench this is a GREAT idea! Thanks for stopping by :)

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