Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chair Redo

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to go picking in an old barn.
The homeowners had gone through everything they wanted, an antique dealer had been through to purchase what he wanted and what was left was available for me to pick through.  And the only charge....my sweat equity of hauling it away. 

Here's what one side of my garage looks like right now.
I keep referring to my haul as "the island of misfits" (from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special).  I brought home broken chairs, drawers from dressers, broken trunks and other pieces and parts of furniture that nobody else wanted.

This is one of the chairs that came home with me.
The chair was sturdy, just very dirty and missing a piece on the back.
Look how much prettier she is after getting cleaned and polished.
I kept contemplating what to do with the back of the chair and decided a simple solution (and temporary if I want it to be) would be to wrap the back with string and turn the back into a photo display.
This was so easy to do and I love how it turned out.
I got the mini clothespins in the craft section of Walmart.
They are a great size and don't overpower the photo display.
So, one project down......a few dozen more to go!

I'm linking with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
and
The Talent Scouting Party @ Whisperwood Cottage

Jane


79 comments:

  1. Wow what a haul. Can't wait to see what you do with it all.

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  2. Adorable. What fun to dig thru a barn...

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  3. what a great idea the chair turned out beautiful i love that you incorporated
    the pictures!

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  4. Jane,
    I have her twin, but with a back. This is super duper idea to display pics. What an awesome FREE haul..thanks for sharing it at NTT.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. I love your imagination with the chair! Your garage looks really fun too...
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  6. Your chair idea is adorable! What fun to pick for free. I am afraid I would have hauled away just as much! I occasionally have the dream that I am at an estate sale all by myself and it is all fab stuff with great prices..too fun!

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  7. Lucky you!! Looks like you had fun digging through that barn. I think that the chair redo is amazing!! In fact pretty much everything you do is amazing! I got to ask, that chair with the springs/burlap, will you be keeping it or selling it? If you are selling it, I would be interested in it.

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  8. I just love what you did with the free chair, esp. the pictures.

    Shasta

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  9. wow - that's a lot of stuff and an amazing redo on that chair. excited to see the rest of your projects. Care to share how you cleaned that chair? It doesn't even look like the same piece!

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  10. Oh Jane, that is the most darling display use of an old chair. I LOVE it!

    xo,
    Danielle

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  11. Wow Jane,tons of possibilities in that island of misfits, and I'm really going to enjoy watching you work your way through that pile!

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  12. I love, love what you've done with that chair. Sheer genius! And SO cute!

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  13. Great treasure trove, Jane! I see a couple of chairs there that look like they have potential. I know you will transform these things into great pieces!

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  14. Your mind works great wonders. Love that chair and idea. I look forward to your creative posts.

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  15. what a great idea! By the way, my garage looks much like yours but with the beautiful weather, getting a few things finished. Jan

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  16. I know you are having the time of your life with all that treasure in your garage! Love that chair re-do!!

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  17. Wow! Looks like a fantastic haul!! I love the idea with the chair and can not wait to see what you do with the rest of those wonderful treasures. You ideas are such an inspiration. I really enjoy checking in to see what you've come up with...Keep the great ideas coming!!

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  18. Love your stash of treasures! I am sure you will create greatness with all of it. The chair is so cute - and I was so anxious as I scrolled to see what you created (the "fabric girl" in me thought of a taught canvas slipcover to create a back!)

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  19. Only you would think of that Jane! I love it! How nice to be able to walk into a barn and take your pick of good old junk, I would have jumped at the chance too! t.xooxoxo

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  20. Love your chair redo!!! What a fabulous idea!!! Love your little Dimples book.

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  21. OH my...your pile of goodies looks wonderful to me! Your chair re-do is really special, Jane! You really do wow me, girl!

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  22. Love the chair re-do and can hardly wait to see what you do with all those wonderful treasures you brought home from that barn. Wish I could have been there, too!
    Have Fun,
    Cheryl

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  23. These misfits lucked up when you came along. Can't wait to see the magic that you do best.

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  24. Holy Cow! What a Haul! ha! But I can see potential in everything!! And what you did with that chair is simply fantastic!! You need your own magazine! Or better yet: a book of before and afters!

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  25. OH you lucky lucky girl....we love the last bits that no one wants!! That chair is adorable...what a brilliant idea for that back ~ we LOVE it!!

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  26. "Turning a sow's ear into a silk purse" was written just for you. Oustanding work. Again!! Loir L

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  27. Oh boy..... I see 1/2 a garage full of potential creativity!
    Can't wait to see what you come up with!
    dee dee

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  28. You amaze me! This chair photo holder is awesome! I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

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  29. Only you Jane would drag all that stuff home and make something beautiful out of it. You are the master. Love the chair and the way you have made it into a memo display.

    Hugs.
    Sissie

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  30. A little clean and polish goes a long way for all of us Jane:@) Your chair looks great!

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  31. Should I stop over to get it all organized??? lol...
    Great idea for the chair. I did a straight back one years ago with old belts woven like a potholder. WIsh I had kept it : ( I still think I like yours better though :D
    xx
    z

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  32. Great chair makeover!! Can't wait to see what you do with all the other goodies in your garage.

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  33. What a super idea! Amazing how your mind thinks. I'm going to have to do this one for myself. Thanks. Lisa

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  34. What a great day in the barn! Love the colour of the chair now that she's had a little love. The mini clothes pins were perfect. Another beauty!

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  35. Oh my ! I love the way how that chair turned out. Your creativity and imagination are really superb Jane!

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  36. You really are so smart with the ideas you come up with

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  37. Only you could come up with something that remarkable!! Honestly, this is perfection.

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  38. Beautiful! I just pinned it. :)

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  39. My kind of pickin'....free and junky!! Great project!

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  40. Love your chair. I am green with envy at your haul.

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  41. What a great haul. Love this idea for the chair.

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  42. Wow Jane!!! WOW!!! I still want your brain : )
    hugs...

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  43. Oh my goodness! That chair is wonderful! I am excited to see what else you come up with!
    karen....

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  44. This is so charming! Your imagination never ceases to amaze me.

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  45. First, how fun that you got to go shopping in other people's junk ... I love that! And second, that chair is so neat! I would NEVER have come up with that idea and I just love it. You're so talented!

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  46. I think the chair needs to stay just the way it is, very clever!! Your awesome haul is going to be keeping you busy for months. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all these treasures.

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  47. Oh boy, what a wonderful opportunity! I'm SO jealous! I love what you did with the chair, I never would have thought of doing that! Can't wait to see what else you do with your treasures!

    Tania

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  48. You are so clever! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of those found treasures.

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  49. You always amaze me with your talent! That chair is adorable--loving the white stoneware stacked up on the seat--precious!

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  50. Wow what a artistic eye you have. Just amazing. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your treasures? Hugs, Terri

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  51. Of course, another great project you've turned out!
    tot

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  52. [ ............ ]

    that means I'm speechless at your unending creativity. okay, nearly speechless.

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  53. Barn sales are A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!! I've only been to 1 before and I climbed the ladders into the rafters and it was so much fun. Love your finds!

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  54. Glad you had fun picking! What a simple, unique solution for the chair. Are they your family members in the pictures?

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  55. It's amazing what a good cleaning will do. Your use of the back of the chair is amazing and love the white bowls for contrast. You certainly made a haul from the barn. You have goodies to work with for quite some time. I will be watching for the transformations.

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  56. Those misfits couldn't have come to a better home...you will work your magic on them...and then they will steal the show...you have great talent!
    Rene'

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  57. Lucky you!!! Love what you did with the chair...can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the "misfits" :) Laurel

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  58. OMG, I am so excited about the chair. It is gorgeous. And how amazing that you got all that stuff just for the price of hauling it out of there.

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  59. I'm a new follower, found your blog on Pinterest....lucky me!!

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  60. absolutely LOVING this idea!! Love your blog..so glad to have found it!

    Jen
    www.salvyard.com

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  61. This is seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen anyone do with an old chair!

    I'll be searching for orphaned, broken chairs now!

    Pinning this baby!
    Kelly

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  62. This is my first visit to your blog and I just love this project! I'll be following along. Can't wait to see more!

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  63. So adorable. That is funny you call your haul the island of misfits. I call my stash the exact same thing!! In fact, while reading your post about being able to go through the barn, I was having the biggest fit of envy and longing to be the one doing that!!! What a great idea to repurpose an old chair. Love the little mini clothes pins too. Thanks for sharing. -K

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  64. Thanks for posting this blog. Its really appreciated. I abookmark this blog and will get bcak to you shortly. Now am in search for Dallas Furniture.

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  65. Love your outside-the-box thinking!!! Adorable project! I am a new follower!

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  66. I just have to say, that person who pinned one of your pics on pinterest and made the comment "This lady is flippin brilliant!", was 100% CORRECT!!
    I ADORE your blog!

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  67. Country Gotta Do! Love it and thanks for passing on your creativity...I'm working on passing on some of mine, slowly but surely in my own blog. How long has it take you to aquire all of your followers? Any good tips for newbies?
    Continued success to you....I will be back!

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  68. absolutely love this idea!

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  69. Had to share this on my Facebook page! Stunning simplicity!!
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/FrenchKissed-Postcards-Digital-Scans/218073078275479

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