I found this cheap little chair last fall at a yard sale for $5.00. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it, but it didn’t work out.
Not all projects involve a saw and drill.
So, I decided I wanted an easy fix. I love using drop cloth for projects, so I decided to do a weaved seat bottom with some scraps of drop cloth I have saved with my small stash of scrap material.
Torn or Broken Chair Seat
Funny story… the man that sold it to me said I could ask someone to cut a seat for me. heheheh Little does he know . . .
I considered cutting it up and making a towel rack to hang on the wall—but it was just too cute to cut up. Surprised?
Paint Thrift Store Chair
I had a paint marathon and needed something else to paint, so I grabbed the chair (I had already cut the seat off)
Begin to Weave Strips of Drop Cloth
It was a rainy gloomy day, so I was stuck inside working on some finishing touches on projects for Glendale. You know that last minute stuff—hardware, d-rings etc. I decided to work on the chair. I apologize for all the grainy cell phone pictures.
I tore some strips of drop cloth material and tied them around the chair rungs.
Continue Weaving Cross Strips
After tying the strips from left to right, I wove strips from font to back, leaving them untied for the time being.
Secure Woven Strips With Knots
I’ll try to explain how I did the underneath side.
I pulled each strip really tight, then woven it over and under, then tied a knot and trimmed off the excess fabric.
Easy Weave Chair Seat
Now, is where I tell you that I didn’t weave this seat to be a “sitting” chair. I expected it to be a loose weave that I might use as a planter. But it actually turned out better than I expected, and much tighter AND stronger. I sat on it and it didn’t even budge, and it’s not even uncomfortable.
I think it looks sort of primitive, which kind of matches the style of the chair. The left looks better because the strips on the right were apparently more wrinkled from being stored.
Nothing that an iron (or a Homeright Steamer) wont’ take care of, right? I just can’t help but love the look of the drop cloth material against black paint.
See how much I love drop cloth with black furniture?
black armchair with a drop cloth seat
How about a bench with a cute ruffled drop cloth cover?
Okay, so this is what I wanted to do with my $5 yard sale chair . . .
Leather belt seat from my friend Robin at Re-do It Yourself Inspirations.
But since I didn’t have a lot of spare leather belts hanging around, I opted for the drop cloth instead.
While putting this post together, I did a search on Pinterest and found this one from First A Dream. I love the way this one turned out. Maybe I’ll redo mine like this during a cold winter day someday soon.
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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.