I just had to share with you something Brian’s been working on- even though it’s not done yet. See this old chair? Yeah- it doesn’t look so bad in this picture, but trust me, it was not safe to sit on.
As in, coming apart at the seams. And no amount of gluing and clamping held it together any longer than a few months.
And we had two others in exactly the same condition. It got so bad, when guests came over we’d have to point them to the chairs it was safe to sit on.
Which is terribly hospitable, don’t you think?
Anyway, new chairs are in the wings, waiting for the weather to warm so I can paint them (see Craigslist chairs here and my first try at painting them here). But what to do with these broken chairs that have such a classic design? I didn’t have the heart to put them on the burn pile, so they’ve sat in a shed for about 6 months.
And then one day about a month ago, I heard Brian nailing, hammering, and sawing on something. I went out to investigate and discovered this:
Isn’t this a great idea? I was floored that he was doing this all on his own (believe me, it’s usually me pushing my ideas on him around here…), and was really excited about making the chairs into a bench.
So the plan is to paint the entire bench, add a plywood seat top covered in muslin and then I’d make a cushion for the seat that just sits there or maybe ties on. I’m thinking a cushion like this:
This, of course, is from Ballard Designs which they are selling for $80.
Hmmm, old chairs, scrap wood, paint and home-sewn cushion = $408.00
Love that man.
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