Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trash to treasure

Remember the chair I found on the side of a road last year? Remember the good intentions I had? This chair was going to look g-roovy. A unique little piece of character in our otherwise IKEA-dominated home.

Sadly, it hasn't happened yet. Mind you, it's not like the chair has been sitting, abandoned in a lonely corner of a garage, gathering even more dust. No. We've seen some good times together, that chair and I. Many an afternoon escape coffee, and evening wind-down wine, have been enjoyed on that chair - outside on the back patio of our old apartment. It was sheltered well from all elements, and instead of re-covering and painting it, I've simply enjoyed the comfort it offered.

Now, it has a place in the sun, on the balcony of our new apartment. There's no shelter, though, so once summer is over, this old chair is going to need to be rehomed inside. That means I have until late September to pull my finger out and fix 'er up, because it looks a little too loved to be inside as is.

Between now and the end of summer, I have a soon-to-be six-year-old's birthday party to organise, and an almost-month-long trip to Australia.

I have a feeling the fix-up is going to be somewhat of a rush job. Thankfully, the chair has great bones and is solid, so it's more just a matter of making cosmetic changes.

In the mean time, look what I rescued from one of the trash rooms in our complex yesterday:

Someone threw that out? This frame even has a sturdy hook on the back - all it needs is a paint job and some colourful fabric stapled to the back. Easy, and the perfect smaller project to practice on before tackling the chair.

Wish me luck. And stop laughing...


  1. You are very crafty and have an eye for things. I'm sure you'll come up with something totally cool to do with these. I'm hanging out to see the fruits of your labours!

    For what it's worth, I think the chair has found a good home. It's certainly been getting some use!

    1. I fear I'm all idea and talk but no action, though. I need to just DO it already!

      I was convinced J would either be repulsed by this frame, or just laugh at me and tease me because I still haven't tackled the chair... but happily, he saw potential in this too.

      Must get myself to a fabric shop, stat. That's been the main issue with the chair - I haven't found any fabric that excites me yet, but I haven't been actively searching - only one or two stores so far, and I need to search further afield. Which, as you know, when busy with small kids, is hard to set aside the time for. More important things crop up. One of these days!

  2. That frame is gorgeous! Good for you for snagging it.