3 Old Chairs = 1 ReNEWed Bench

October 31st, 2009 in member junk     
itsnotjunk2me itsnotjunk2me, member
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An inviting place to sit on our back porch.
Halfway through the painting
Almost done
Closeup of chair back
Seat closeup with square nail & distressed detail
An inviting place to sit on our back porch.

An inviting place to sit on our back porch.

Photo: itsnotjunk2me copyright 2009

This set of 3 matching chairs have been in our home for some 20 years, purchased at a garage sale for $12 (for all 3).  They've been moving room to room as extra table seating, desk, and bedroom chairs.  Most recently they were moved to our screenhouse (a corn crib in its former life) to serve as extra seating. Chair cushions helped with maintaining their usefulness as the rush seats were starting to sag & fall apart.  When I came across the CL makeover (see link), I knew this was what I wanted to do with them.  It was a bit tricky in parts due to having to cut the plank seat* around the tops of these chair legs (my dh helped me with this part), but it was well worth the effort.  I love how it looks on our back porch- so inviting and a place for our cat to dine.

*The plank seat is actually 2 reclaimed tongue n groove pine barnboards-leaving the tongue exposed on the front gives it an added detail.


Pattern or design used: Build a Bench with Chairs
posted in: member junk, wood, cottage, furniture, country, kitchen, porch, black, farm, entry, dining room, mudroom

Comments (19)

kimberleystrick writes: LOVE IT!!!! Turned out great. Personally I like it better than Country Livings =] Posted: 3:46 pm on January 27th
daisymaemoses writes: This is a great idea for rush, splint and binder cane chairs when a caner cant be found or it is cost prohibitive. By the time one of these come in for a new seat, the chair may be structurally compromised which can add to the cost of a new seat. This is a great alternative and the board may even be upholstered utilizing nufoam, material and a stapler. At any point the chair(s) may be restored back to it's original meant seat. I also make this recommendation for handcane, machine cane as well as blind cane if someone is unable to afford a new seat. This way it may be restored in the future when funds become available. Great idea ladies now I may also make this recommendation for rush, splint or binder as well :-) www.weavingrestoration.com www.facebook.com/weavingrestoration Posted: 4:47 pm on July 14th
JunkArchitect writes: Cool idea, beautiful execution and the distressed finish came out great.

Jim
Posted: 5:00 pm on January 5th
artteachergirl writes: I am making one of these one day!! I have loved this plan for years after seeing a fashion of it on Decorating Cents...I also pine for that show, I miss Joan...HGTV has got to go back to those kind of shows...off my HG soapbox...sorry:-)

I do love the bench! Posted: 8:24 pm on December 29th
boots1058 writes: I love your idea! Posted: 10:16 pm on November 18th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oooo. The finish is fantastic against the color of your home. And I am so impressed with how well-made your piece is. Nicely done!
Candy Posted: 6:44 am on November 5th
shabbychick writes: You did a great job on your bench of chairs! It has a nice finished look, and is so perfect on your porch!

Kathy Posted: 10:26 am on November 4th
racers7 writes: I love the distressed look! Great job! Melody Posted: 12:16 pm on November 3rd
chippingcharm writes: Looks great!!! Laurel Posted: 9:51 pm on November 2nd
suewhitney writes: Great job on this bench project! Love the black finish and your attention to detail. Nice work!wq

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:29 pm on November 2nd
MimiToria writes: Judi your details made this a win, win project. The notching and routering of those notched out areas are what really makes your trio look top notch. Love that the three chairs match too. You've done a fine job with them.
I do recognize these from the first Junk Market style book Sue and Ki wrote, and than I think it was ran as a project later in the Country Home magazine as one of their monthly contributions. The step by step directions you linked to are a handy tool for those that want to attempt this project.
Great job to both you and your hubby.
Gretchen
http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com Posted: 9:52 pm on November 1st
fellowjunker writes: This is gorgeous!!! Well done.
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 4:18 pm on November 1st
itsnotjunk2me writes: Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! I so appreciate this site for the encouragement it gives to all of us. It just makes me want to do more and gives me confidence in what I do.

Lani, thank you for "giving credit where credit is due" as that book was before my "time" with JMS. (thank you also for your sweet compliments)

~judi ;) Posted: 2:09 pm on November 1st
CottageElements writes: Judi, you did an AMAZING job on this bench! Your detail is perfect and your pictures are stunning! Actually this bench was originally done in the first JUNKMARKET style book by Sue and Ki on page 148-149. I only wish Country Living would credit them for their idea (and actually I think yours is better than the CL bench as you notched out the legs). Again, great job!

Lani Posted: 11:45 am on November 1st
RustyDiva writes: This looks wonderful on your cute little porch! Looks like a picture from a magazine. I love this idea because I have some chairs that are about to be retired because of purchasing new dinning room chairs. Thank you for the idea! Posted: 8:46 pm on October 31st
byabpryor writes: Great job! I have a similar project and you did a fine job cutting around.. Mine? Not that neat.. LOL

Great job! Posted: 8:40 pm on October 31st
alicemom writes: Judi! Judi! Judi! You did a splendid job!
smiles, alice Posted: 6:27 pm on October 31st
junkermidge writes: Judi, you did a great job on the bench. Love the color and finish you put on it. Perfect for the porch setting. Way to go.
Midge Posted: 5:04 pm on October 31st
Shelley_ writes: Your chair bench turned out great and thanks for the link because as soon as I find 3 suitable chairs I would like to make one also. Your porch looks awesome also. :) Posted: 4:05 pm on October 31st
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