Craft Projects Using Wood Chairs

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Add a touch of whimsy to your home and garden with a decorative wood chair. Paint vines along the back or cover the wood with mosaic bits to create an eclectic art piece. Refinish chairs that are structurally sound and include them as a seating option in your home, or turn rickety wood chairs into creative features for walls and storage.

Garden Art

  • Cut a hole in the bottom of a wooden chair to turn it into a distinctive garden planter. Make a holder for a potted plant with screen; attach the screen around the hole in the chair with a heavy duty staple gun. Decorate the chair with acrylic paint, followed by an exterior polyurethane coat to protect the wood as long as possible in an outdoor environment. Decorative planter chairs are also eclectic additions to a sun room, breakfast nook and covered patio.

Wall Art

  • Cut part of the legs off of a wooden chair to create funky wall art for your home. Hang the back of the chair flush against the wall or create an angled arrangement by removing most of the two back legs and hang the chair so that it tilts forward on the wall. Decorative painting techniques, such as stenciling or sponging, add design interest to a plain wooden chair. Other crafty ways to decorate the chair back, seat and legs include covering the wood with a mosaic design by gluing bits of glass and ceramic in a random pattern or creating an image collage by attaching photos, magazine cutouts or decorative paper to the wood with decoupage glue.

Refinishing Projects

  • Sand or strip the existing finish from an old wood chair and then refinish it to suit your home's décor. If an old chair is painted, make sure to strip it down to the wood if you plan to refinish it with stain. Commercial stripping products are available that make this job easier. Re-staining an already stained chair or repainting an already painted or stained chair is much simpler; sand the chair to remove any loose paint particles and to prepare the wood grain to accept a new finish.

    Upholstering the seat of the newly finished or an old chair is another way to add new life to a wood chair. Cut a section of upholstery foam to fit the seat, cut a section of batting and a section of fabric to cover the foam and then attach the batting and the fabric to the underside of the chair with a staple gun.

Storage Projects

  • Refinish or decorate a wood chair and then use it as storage for your home. Hang the chair on the wall and use the seat as a bookshelf. Attach decorative doorknobs or screw-in eye hooks to the chair back and use the chair as an organizer for jewelry, handbags belts or ties. Place a decorative wood chair in the bathroom and use the seat for towel storage. In the kitchen, stack cookbooks on the seat and hang dried herbs from the chair back.

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