Trash Pickin Transformation

So last Saturday I went for an early run
spotted these in the trash.
Can you believe someone would throw these away?
There were 4 but two had rips up the back.
It was perfect because I really only needed 2.
How lucky was that:)
I had been eyeing similar chairs online
at Home Goods.
So I couldn’t believe I found these
in the trash of all places.
A little trash pickin pays off sometimes!
Take a look.
 Two cans of spray paint, a little left over house paint
and a small drop cloth
I was of course excited to get this project done so in hast I didn’t take step by step pictures
but it was simple,
 I will walk you through it.
1. Unscrew seats
2. Wipe down with damp cloth or tack cloth, sand if needed & spray evenly with paint.
3. Take off the existing fabric on the seats.
I use a flat head screwdriver to get under the staples.
4. Check your batting or foam
replace if needed.
5. Lay your wood base from the seats on top of drop cloth.
Use as a template & cut an extra 5″-6″ all the way around.
6. Lay on flat surface, find your middle and create your vertical strip with painters tape.
Be sure to press firmly along edges so paint doesn’t bleed.
7. Roll on your paint lightly in layers .
I used regular latex house paint(Beach Glass by BM.)
8.Next print out your numbers or letters on heavy card stock
as large or small as you need to create your stencil.
9. Take contact paper and spray the front with spray adhesive(the non-grid side.)
Lay the back of your card stock on the tacky side & press firmly.
Cut out your numbers or letters.
10. Peel off the back of contact paper(the grid side).
11. Place on either side of stripe, press firmly so it sticks to your fabric
roll on your paint lightly
(I used Texas Leather by BM.)
12. Let dry & align your pattern to the middle of seat, flip over and staple away.
Pull tight.
13. Screw seat onto chair base.
14. Enjoy your hard work:)!
It is easy, fun & so cheap!
The project cost $15.00 for the two chairs,
the drop cloth was only $4.50, I love that!

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  1. Jen, you have an awesome blog! Your literal trash to treasure chairs are so beautiful! What a transformation. Not everyone can see the beauty in things they already have… or that are found in the trash!!!
    I am a new follower.
    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party! It is live every Wednesday evening at 8:00. Come on over and join in!

  2. They are gorgeous redone like that, Jen. Great trash finds. My youngest son and I like to check out the offerings at big garbage day here. Once a month from May to October neighbours put out all the ‘big’ stuff days before, that doesn’t go on regular garbage biweekly pickup. It is amazing the number of folks out looking.

  3. These are gorgeous. What a difference the white paint and new covers make. I love the numbers and the colors. Beautiful.

  4. I am loving your chairs…they look similar to some I have and painted white…love love love them! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas with us. This is the centerpiece of this room!
    Karin 🙂

  5. I redid a similar chair to yours last year in a similar way… However, I really, really love how you added the numbers to the seat! They look amazing.

  6. I just found your blog tonight and what a treat it is! Your home is so beautiful!! I am so happy to be your latest follower. I’m going to post about your blog on my facebook page. 🙂

  7. Thank you for linking up to Home is Where the Heart is! We wanted to stop by and let you know you’ve been featured! 🙂 Please come link up again!

  8. This is outstanding! Love the colors you chose. What a transformation. I come to you via Homestead Simple Linky, my hutch was also featured. Just love your blog and your style!


  9. Wow Jen, love the transformation! You should submit this to Roadkill Rescue, I bet they would feature it. Nice job! Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE them! While I’m not willing to go out and run for them, I will casually saunter down the road. LOL! Great makeover; they look wonderful.

  11. I love everything about this project…from start to glorious finish!

    I just found your blog via nifty thrifty things and I’m heading off to take a look at more of your posts.

    I invite you to come by and visit my fledgling blog too…

    I look forward to more of what your up to…Denise

  12. I really love your style, and after having gone through some of your posts, I’m a new follower! xo Anja @

    1. Carolyn, thank you so much! I will be sure to post on FB. I so appreciate the feature:). Enjoy your weekend!

  13. oh wow! love the chairs!!! i’m debating on buying 6 cane backed chairs from Craigslist. i have the CL website up right now LOL. oh, decisions, decisions. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. love your chairs, did you bleach your drop cloth? the ones i have found are more of a greige and i have not had luck with trying to bleach them with the directions i found on another blog, sure wish you would share your secret if yours are bleached. thankyou so very much

  15. I did not understand how you did your numbers? Did you use contact paper and put them on the chair? They look like they were painted on. Can you please explain in a little more detail. Thanks

  16. NancyLucky, I have the same Q. The instructions about adding the numbers is confusing to me. Would love a step-by-step clarification — I’m anxious to try this myself on pillow fabric. The chairs btw are GORGEOUS! Thanks in advance 🙂

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