HOW TO TURN DATED SALVAGED CHAIR BACKS INTO DIY FRAMES.
It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m thrilled you’re here! If you’re new to the #siblog, every second Tuesday I join 4 of my talented friends for a T2T party. I can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to this week. But first, here’s my trashy dated chair backs that I turned into DIY Frames!
If you’ve been part of my #sifamily for the last year, you may recognize this before. These salvaged chairs have gone through a good few makeovers over the years. I’m finally using one of the last pieces of these chairs for today’s makeover.
What do you think? I know I’ve said it a thousand times, but I’m always AMAZED at what a little paint can do!
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- Salvaged Chair Backs – SALVAGED
- Paint Brushes
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- Wood Filler
- BOSS Primer/Sealer
- Sawmill Gravy
- Clear Wax
CHAIR BACK TO FRAMES
I see dated chairs similar to this in the thrift store ALL the time. I’ve created Easy DIY Risers and Candle Holders from these exact chairs just to name a few projects, but I have to admit these frames might just be my favorite.
STEP #1:: Clean and Sand
I started by giving these chair backs a good cleaning because they were super dusty from hanging out in my paint room for over a year.
STEP #2:: Remove Nails
Originally, there were a ton of nails holding in the upholstered back. To be safe, I removed them with these needle pliers before doing any more work. This wasn’t fun. There were A LOT of nails!
STEP #3:: Fill Nail Holes and Dings
I used Dixie Belle’s Mud filler to fill in the nail holes and dings.
STEP #4:: Cut To Size
A little overkill but I had my Miter Saw out a ready to go so I used it to trim the ends and remove the dowels. A hand saw would work just as well in trimming off the ends. 🙂
STEP #5:: Prime & Paint
After sanding down the wood filler and trimming the edges to size, I sanded down the surface and applied this primer/sealer. The frames were painted in Fluff and then I dried brush the tops in Sawmill Gravy.
STEP #6:: Drill Hole On Back
For easy hanging, I drilled a hole in the back of the frame.
After finding these botanical prints in my stash, I cut them to size and attached them to the back with tape. I like that these prints are interchangeable depending on my mood or the season!
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies share… they never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
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5. Salvaged Inspirations (so happy you’re here!!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE UPCYCLED DIY FRAMES… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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veronica laura says
BELLA, BUEN DIA!!! CUANTA CREATIVIDAD Y BELLEZA…TE QUEDARON FANTASTICOS, ME ENCANTAN COMO QUEDARON GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR
¡Muchas gracias y gracias por pasar!
veronica laura says
BELLA, BUEN DIA!!! CUANTA CREATIVIDAD Y BELLEZA…TE QUEDARON FANTASTICOS, ME ENCANTAN!!
Maya Kuzman says
My Gosh! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the post title! This is one phenomenal idea and now I am sad I let my my mom threw away her old chairs!!! Fantastic job! Pinned it!
Thanks Maya… and thanks for the PIN! 🙂
Aww! I love the way you utilized the old chairs to make a beautiful piece of art. I have a pair of the same as these chairs in my backyard. I am going to give it a try on next weekend to make these frames for the wall of my sunroom.
Thanks, Samra and have fun with your chairs. 🙂
You could put some silver or gold paint to pop up the moldings! Good luck!
This is truly inspirational. Cheers
Thank you Harjith! x
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
These are beautiful, Denise! (Marie! haha… sorry couldn’t help it) So glad your site is up and working again, XO
You’re funny…lol… and so am I Jen!!! A big thank you to all of you [the T2T creative crew] for being so patient and sweet. Hugs
They are beautiful, Denise and such a clever and “original” chair repurpose!
Thanks my friend! 💕
Kimberly O'Donoghue says
Denise your eyes see things that most would never you’ve got a God given talent. Fabulous!
You’re super kind Kim…. thank YOU!💕
I never would have thought to use a chair back for anything other than a chair. Your creativity is inspiring. Thanks for sharing Denise ~ Nicki
My pleasure and thanks so much, Nicki! XO
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Such a great repurpose! And so creative too. Love it! xo
Thanks, Nancy! XOXO
Incredible and excellent repurposing! Add a few decorative hooks for towel holders’
Brilliant idea… love it! x
Great idea, very pretty.
Thanks my friend! XOXO
They turned out great! I’ve seen mirrors with frames like that sell for $$$.
Hi Lizzy… meee tooo! I was evening thinking of mirrors but then the task of cutting them to size deterred me. 😉
Spectacular upcycle!!!Love the frames!!!
Thanks Frani! 🙂
Gayle Judd says
I love them❣️❣️ Wow what a transformation!!!
Thank you Gayle!! x
Janet Schen says
Holy cow! These are gorgeous! I will be looking at chairs at the thrift store with a new prospective from now on! Genius!
You just put a big smile on my face.. thanks Janet!😁
Carole Atkins says
Thanks my friend! Hugs
Do Dodson says
I LOVE this project! When I first saw the chairs, I thought to myself “what is she doing”. I love to upcycle and my friend, you nailed this one. Keep up the great work. xo
I often think “what am I doing.”🤣 Thanks, my friend. xo
I wondered too! Those are pretty ugly chairs! A great vision!
LOL.. ya they were pretty ugly!
Thats just awesome! nifty nifty idea! brillant!
Thank you Ann! x
So. pretty. Love painting everything for a fresh updated look!
Isn’t paint amazing?! Best invention ever! hehe
Your imagination knows no bounds! Whoulda thunk?
Now I want to see what your imagination is going to think up for the rest of those chair parts! 😊
Hi Janina and thank YOU! There aren’t many parts left of this chair. It’s pretty much been picked over and upcycled.🤣I included the other projects in the Related Posts section.😊
These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Lori! XO
Cathy Bizri says
Thank you Cathy! x
THese are great and such a great vision to dismantle the chairs! The botanical prints are perfect and fun that you have more to change out as your moods move you!
Do you have a vision for the seats?
I’d asked before about the brick background in a side video and it showed up today in your video of whitewashing the staging chair for these chair backs.it looks black and i think i’d asked if you had painted the bricks black and then white washed them. It’s not the typical red peeking through.
Hi Gwen!!! The seats for these old dining chairs are MIA and I don’t recall if it was me that got rid of them or if I found them that way?? I did create a really cute riser from the other chair seat and spindles from the dining chairs though. 🙂 The brick wall was put up by the previous owners and it’s a grey/black/white brick. It also has some paint blotches on it because I test my sprayer on my walls before spraying my furniture.😁
Well, the wall has a unique look and now I know why – like my painting pants!!
Ohhhh ya! I’m sure your painting pants look like a work of art… just like mine.🤣
Karolyn Love says
I love them!! They make perfect frames……and not your everyday ones for sure!! Thanks for sharing these beauties!!
Thank you, Karolyn!! xo
Susie | Chelsea Project says
Your vision for new pieces from old items is always so amazing and inspiring. I love these frames…would love a pair. XOXO ~~ Susie from Chelsea Project
Thanks so much, my friend! XOXO
Christy James says
So pretty and those prints were the perfect size to fit the frames! xoxo
Thanks, Christy!… and ya, I love these prints! XOXO
Hi Denise. I LOVE that you reused and up-cycled so many different parts of these chairs! Beautifully done:). These frames are simply adorable. You inspire me to take a second look at things I have in my own home and give them new life.
Yaaay! I’m so happy you like them and it’s given you some ideas. Have a super day Monique! XOXO