I'm going to show you how to make a double chair bench with repurposed chairs. Or maybe how NOT to make a double chair bench.
Do you ever have a repurposed furniture project fail? I do. I never really have a plan when I jump into a project. Because I always wing it. Most of the time that works out okay, sometimes not so much. This would be one of those projects.
Vintage chairs without seats
I picked up these two chairs at Tickled Pink a few months ago.
It didn’t bother me that they were missing their seats.
The design stage of a chair bench
I decided to make a double chair bench out of the chairs. Then, I was wishing I had a back and realized that I could use this sign that hadn’t sold yet.
Dismantling repurposed chairs for a new project
I needed to dismantle the front rungs of the chairs. The Dremel Multi-Max does a great “flush” cut.
I also had to use a hammer and a small pry bar cat’s claw small pry bar because the back of the chair had several nails in it.
These would be said nails.
More trial and error design
Dry fit of the repurposed chairs.
I used some old scrap 1x’s for this project. Some were from a local lumber store that has been closed for about 30 years.
This is where things.go.wrong. (but I didn’t know it at the time)
I made a box for the top boards to rest upon. (note: the back is no longer attached with clamps)
Time to paint
You can see that I used my Kreg Jig® K4 to make pocket holes to assemble the box. I painted the repurposed chair bench and the slats separately.
I did so because I wanted to be able to get in between the slatted boards.
After all that, I put the headboard (sign) back on, and realize it’s about this much too short.
Is it a project fail?
Major project fail! What I don’t like about this piece.
- It’s too long
- I have to figure out a new back, IF I decide to move forward
- I don’t like it black
Maybe I'll paint the repurposed chair bench another color, I may or may not put a back on it. It may end up in a burn pile somewhere! (I don’t have one) I suppose I could put it at the curb to see if anyone wants to pick it up.
Want to hear something funny? This is not my first double bench project fail. I made another one several years ago. Aren’t we supposed to learn from our mistakes?
We should learn from our diy mistakes
This is the original project fail-double chair bench.
You can probably tell I’ve never had a bench for the end of the bed. Good news is, this repurposed chair bench did sell at one of my yard sales. Ohhh, how I wish I had learned from my mistake.
So, please leave a comment below and tell me I am not the only one that has project failures! What was your biggest, or your last project failure?
UPDATE: I changed up this bench, for the better. I hope you love it as much as I do.
So, I purchased 3 new boards to create the back for the repurposed chairs.
I clamped the boards onto the bench and drew a line, then used my jigsaw to curve the boards to match the curve of the original chairs.
I spray painted the double chair bench with my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer, using a light turquoise.
Then I then gave the chair bench a black “wash’ with some watered down black paint.
I’m glad I didn’t give up on this project fail with repurposed chairs! I think this is a very versatile piece, and can be used in a lot of different ways.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.