Do It Yourself Projects : Chairs

There’s an on going debate in my house as to whether I’m a chair addict or a chair magnet.  Maybe they each found me either way I’ve stumbled across a multitude of chairs and really feel that there’s a lot more to a seat than just taking the weight off your feet.

I currently have three of these 90’s remake of a 1960’s moulded seat.  I bought them from a junk shop for less than a tenner.  I plan to re-chrome the legs and cherry vanish the tops, to make them look part of a Fritz Hansen Series, where similar looking chairs can be purchased as part of a collection for as much as £4,000 a piece.

These 60’s classics don’t only make great kitchen dinner chairs they can also be conveniently stacked away and brought out for hosting large numbers at tea parties or for Christmas dinner.

My greatest find to date however, is what I like to refer to as my ‘Van Gough Freebie’.  A cute little wood spun chair that I found out on the streets near Hamstead Heath with a sign saying ‘Please Take’ on it and so of course I did!

It’s the patina that makes this piece and for that reason I shall not be doing anything to it except lovingly and lightly wiping it down with olive oil to gently clean and nourish it.  Don’t worry I’ve also already checked-no word worm!

Next up; one of two chairs purchased for £10.00 at a charity shop. Pictured above these chairs are part of my latest (completed) project.

I used white chalk and black, black board paint to revitalise these chairs and covered their upholstery with some bold printed fabric I purchased (on sale) from Esprit-top tip you will often get more cloth for your money if you purchase flat sheets rather than fabric on the reel.  The total cost of this project was £40.00, including the recovery of the second chair and the table I up-cycled to match them.  Not bad considering how they looked when we originally re-homed them…


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