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Revealing my entry for gumtree’s #upcyclerevolution – upcycled garden bench seat made from former dining room chairs:) The DIY bench seat could equally be at home in a hallway for putting on shoes, at a dining room table – lots of places!!
Whats not to love about upcycled furniture? In case you are tempted to make your own version this how I made it, with considerable help from my husband – one quick disclaimer first we are not carpenters and there could very easily be a better way of doing this!!
We started by sanding down the chairs and removing the seats – the chairs were very rickety, they just fell out!
The chairs were placed together and the seating area measured. My husband cut wood to fit the seating area across the three chairs.
I painted the sides of the seats and legs which will be joined together. Use paint appropriate for your chosen location of finished bench. Starting off using spray gloss I quickly realised this was beyond budget and changed to using chalk paint (which I already had). This part of the chairs is hard to reach once assembled.
Next my husband attached the seat, screwing into each corner of each chair.
The next step was to further secure the chairs together. This was done in a variety of ways:
- The front legs were screwed together at the base.
- The back of the chairs had battoning placed near the top, screwed into place. The same battoning was used at the base of the rear chair legs too.
The bench was then painted with primer, followed by three coats of chalk paint. I had been fortunate to win some as a runner up in Rust-oleums Make it Yours monthly competition. The bench took far more paint than I expected, using two thirds of a 750ml tin.
Finally the all important cushion. We are fortunate in Norwich to have a foam market stall – the foam cost £14, and then several charity shops later I sourced a great curtain perfect for upholstering the cushion. I followed a great tutorial to make the cushion cover.
One of the biggest dilemmas was button choices, tempted by natural toning buttons I braved some bright colours instead.
Would you choose toning coloured buttons or be brave and go bright??