Chair Parts Repurposed

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I shared a photo of today’s project piece on Tuesday:

This was a $5 yard sale find from several years ago. You can see the original makeover HERE if you like.

I loved all the pretty details on it. Then one day the Hubby put his foot right through it. Why on earth he tried to stand on it to change a lightbulb is beyond me, but it has sat this way for almost two years. Until now.

I know I could fix the seat like I did HERE, but it was a bit rickety anyway. Plus it has some pretty details and I thought it might be fun to take it apart and see what else I could do with the parts.

This is the piece that I decided to repurpose today:

I also grabbed this curbside shelf from my stash:

To create this one-of-a-kind chair leg shelf:

Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from


Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from

As you can see it is quite a bit lighter than it was before. I loved the original finish, but unfortunately I no longer had any of the Annie Sloan Provence paint I used. To marry the two pieces I had to repaint both.

But let’s back up a bit and see how this came together, shall we?

After taking apart the chair using a mallet, I ended up with two cool pieces I could rework into something new and fun.

Here were the casualties:

I know I’ll regret tossing some of this, but I’m trying to be a better, more selective hoarder.

I cut the shelf down to the dimensions I needed using my table saw:

To unify the two pieces, I first painted the shelf in green since that was the original color of the chair. Then I sprayed both in this Aqua spray paint I already had…

It was the closest I had to the original color.

I drilled holes in the shelf, marking my drill bit with tape so I didn’t drill too deep. This was to create holes in which to insert the chair legs…

I attached them with wood glue and once the glue was dry, I painted everything in my favorite blue, Sunken Pool by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)

I decided to add a little extra support to the shelf by securing it to the back of the legs using these sawtooth hangers that I flattened with a hammer:

Hey, it worked!

I sanded lightly here and there and finished it off with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.

Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from

My sweet boy. How they grow so fast!

Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from

Kinda fun, right?

Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from


Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from


Shelf made from repurposing chair legs from

The other cool piece from this chair that I was able to reuse is the back. I’ll share that one when I do something with it!

I’ll be back on Tuesday with a booth update. It’s been a while since we went on a field trip, and they are always fun!

UPDATE: Check out my latest booth update HERE now! 

Have a fantastic weekend! 😀




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out so cute, at least all of it didn’t go to the land fill! Would you please buy your husband a step stool!! LOL

  2. Christina in SW FL says

    Way to go Christy! I adore this shelf. I was really expecting a spade bit but the hole but was so much smarter. 😀 Love the colors and your creative re-purposing of the saw-tooth hangers. Brilliant.
    I’m looking forward to the tour of your booth. 🙂
    Enjoy your weekend also!

  3. Hey Christy, I have to tell you, I’m obsessed! I stare at your blog way too long! I guess that sounds really creepy, but I am such a fan of everything you do. I recently opened a booth in a local antique mall in Georgia and you inspire me so much! I love everything you do. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. As always, I clicked on the link in your email with happy anticipation, knowing you’ve done yet another great makeover. The chair was absolutely adorable before, but love the shelf, too! Btw, that totally sounds like something my hubby would do, too! Lol! Just a question: what kind of bit did you use to make that large hole? I have a project to do that requires a bigger hold than a normal bit will do, but I have no idea what to even look for at the hardware store!

  5. Creatively cute!

  6. Melanie Brooks says

    This is adorable! That worked out so well… And I love the idea with the sawtooth hangers. Totally ingenious! I hope you saved the shelf brackets. I can see those in a future project!

    • Thank you, Melanie! I was so tickled to see it come together, and with the sawtooth hangers…well sometimes you just have to use what you have lol. As for the brackets, I wasn’t going to save them, but I did at the last minute! They might come in handy some day! XOXO

  7. Janice Holt says

    Lovely shelf. Beautiful color.

  8. Pat Ritchey says

    Love your work and your ideas. Keep up the good work.

  9. What a sweet makeover,took my breath away when you threw out most of the leftovers ????????????. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.

  10. Tammy Ganci says

    Hi, I would love to purchase this little shelf…I love it.

    My email is

  11. Rita Corblies says

    Nice makeover… love the color both the old and new…i would have saved the round seat….I know you are trying to be less of a hoarder…aren’t we all…lol

    • Thank you, Rita! I didn’t toss everything in that pile, but the original back legs were attached to the seat WAY too well and so it made it an odd piece to rework. Believe me, I try to keep as much as possible lol! XOXO

  12. This is so cute, Christy. Can’t wait to see your booth.

  13. Very cool! You are amazing! I love to see what you come up with. Your projects always turn out way cooler than I could ever imagine. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I really loved the way the black bench turned out too. The white plack on the back really made it look pretty.

  14. Hi there! This is adorable and may I say that is a very clever use for picture hangers!!! Brilliant!!

  15. I love it..but how could you throw those curvey edges board parts away…omgoodness! LOL…

  16. Carole Larsen says

    YAY you saved it again… and in such a cute way.

  17. Robyn Wright says

    “One of a kind” until I copy it! KIDDING! It’s super cute and I love the new color! Clever, clever girl!

    • Ha ha thanks, Robyn! Yes copy away!! I actually went looking through the other chairs I have in my storage room to see if any of those would work too lol! XOXO

  18. Wendy Howell says

    Love the shelf, and how you used the sawtooth hanger!!

  19. Very clever and creative reuse, and very cute! I so enjoy your creativity!
    Changing subjects: I have looked back for the episode several months ago where you gave the homemade recipe for a grout cleaner and explained how you cleaned the grout in your kitchen (and bathroom?) floors, but I can’t find it. I’d like to do my grout before the holidays and company, but can’t remember your recipe. Would you please provide the link to that episode? Thanks in advance!

  20. Another fabulous REDO…love this one, too!

  21. Oops!! Gotta be honest…..not happy about this one. That was a beautiful chair just the way you found it. Loved the green. I think it would of sold just as it was……
    Sorry…. but YOU did buy it and can do what you want.

    • Hey no worries! I absolutely loved the style of it when I bought it and wanted to keep it for myself, so I did paint it. Then when my hubby put his foot through the seat plus it not be being very sturdy at all, I just decided to take it apart and see what I could do with the parts. Have a great weekend! XO

  22. Jack Gherardi says

    Love this! How creative you are! I wait patiently every week for your posts, you are such an inspiration. I sure hope i win your latest giveaway, i could use some inspiration! Plus, tomorrow Nov. 16th is my birthday, I’m making a wish early. Thanks again Christy and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. ????????

    • Thank you, Jack! You are so sweet!! And Happy Birthday! You share a birthday with my hubby! Enjoy your day tomorrow! XOXO

  23. Love it!!

  24. Brilliant upcycling idea Christy! x I have a storage space full of these chairs that I should try this on!

  25. Char Fisher says

    Adorable! I am going flea marketing with a friend after Thanksgiving….going to look for a cute chair such as yours. So smart and love the color blue.

  26. Raylene Sparks says

    You are so creative and can see beyond the imperfections of things by turning them into beautiful and practical usages.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring those of us who need it ????

  27. I bought a captain’s dining room chair at the Goodwill for $7.99 for the purpose of cannibalizing it! (Did I tell you that already?) This was months ago, and it is still sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be whacked apart! LOL! Very creative project, Christy, and pretty, too!

  28. Amélie Deschênes says

    Hi Christy!
    Maybe it’s a silly question but how did you attach it to the wall? I can’t see any brackets! Thank you ????

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