I bought these oak chairs at a consignment shop. The frames were fantastic, but the seats weren't in best condition. So, I replaced the rush with leather belts. You can see how I did it here.
We need them for one reason or another. Dining, accent, desk, vanity, porch, or any decor statement, chairs can become a passion. Used chairs in fair to best condition, sometimes outdated, are at thrift shops, online sales, yard sales, and flea markets. We usually buy them as is or to make them our own.
And, we often find chairs curbside that are badly damaged. If you look outside the box, they can be saved.
I found this one on the curb in deplorable shape, but transformed it from a totally different style into a fake antique. The tutorial is posted here.
Okay, but, what about broken chairs or parts? Those pieces have great potential as well!
Check out this dreamy chair back repurpose by Angie at Knick of Time. I didn't see a chalkboard coming. Yet, wow! It's just one of her many creations and you can see some of them here.
Another amazing salvage rescuer is Gail, at My Re Purposed Life. She takes on major redoing with furniture pieces like this bench from two chairs. The overall design is stunning! You can find her detailed post from start to finish here.
Marie, at The Interior Frugalista, is another favorite "fixer-upper-recycler" of mine. I adore this bird feeder that she created from a chair backrest. The colors are beautiful.The idea is incredibly clever! She posted her full tutorial here.
Here is another chair recycling project; by ML Furniture Decor. Perfect for campfires. Portable, and rustic. You can find them on Facebook here.
Of course, chairs can take on a whole new personality as well. I picked one up from the curb with broken arms. By removing them ,and reupholstering, it gained a new life here.
This basic ladder back was turned into an upholstered wing chair. Adorable, isn't it? Originally done by "A Corner Cottage Online". The blog is no longer available, but, their Facebook page is. You can find it here.
Speaking of wings, this chair is a breathtaking inspiration. It's unfortunate I can't locate the original source anywhere. It's been pinned from all over the world and I found it on numerous photo sharing sites such as Tumbler and Flickr. But, the idea of creating a chair like this is exciting!
Here is a brilliant idea of combining two chairs to create a chaise by Katty's Cosy Cove. She saw the potential and it worked perfectly. You can see how it was done on her blog here.
I enjoyed transforming the original style of these two chairs. To create something unique, all it took was adding appliques, paint, and new upholstery. You can see the before, plain and seatless yard sale look here.
Even simple folding chairs have hope. This chair, by Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline, not only has a new character, but is gorgeous with a graphic applied to the burlap seat.
Then we have the "big" chair jobs. This Cole and Sons' "Woods" fabric is stunning, but how Susie used it to upholster her chair is stunning.
I love Jennifer's retake on this big boy at Contemporary Harbor. It's gorgeous!
A super detailed tutorial, by Four Generations Under One Roof, is worth watching and reading for this pretty chair.
I could post chairs every day if I had the time. There are gazillions of ideas on style, techniques, colors, trends, upcycles, and recycles.
They are like shoes. Wonderful to look at.