Making a funky chair fit for the garden

I was originally going to title this post "Making a funky chair better", but I'm not sure that I succeeded in that regard. "Making a funky chair different" didn't really work for me either. Regardless of what this post is called, let's see what I did.

I started with this antique mall find, an $8 chair that was attractive to me only because of its heavy metal frame.


Here's another look at "before":

The seat is a sparkly vinyl, reminiscent of carnival rides:

With cardboard backing and some small punctures in the seat, this is not something that could live outdoors.

So off came the seat:

Drywall screws and a bolt were holding this on. Interesting.

With the seat off, I got started by creating a cedar frame:

The entire project will use cedar, and I used thicker boards for the seat:

The back part with the legs and back support rods was a bit of trouble...

...but a little cutting, drilling, and filing and that was overcome.

I used stainless finishing screws to hold things together...

...and rounded all of the edges -- especially the front edge of the seat.

So the final result is certainly weatherproof...

...although it still looks a bit funky. Maybe sealed/stained and out in the garden it won't look so strange, but it's a little boxy and flat for my tastes, as you can see when side-by-side with the second chair:

Incidentally, that second chair had different labeling on the bottom...

I wonder what the handwritten notes indicate?

...that gave proof as to how old these are:

Only about 15 years. I didn't expect them to be very old, but they sort of had an 80's vibe to them.

Now what sort of vibe do they have?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM)  

With a darker stain, the contrast between the wood and the chair frame wouldn't be so stark. Still, a fantastic outcome.

Casa Mariposa  – (January 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM)  

I love it! It would look awesome with a pot on the seat. :o)

Alan  – (January 27, 2016 at 4:47 PM)  

Gerhard: good point! This is dry, unfinished wood, so even the lightest sealer will darken it nicely. Since I'm not going to apply deck stain inside my garage, you'll have to wait until spring to see how this turns out.

Casa Mariposa: great idea! I don't really need another people chair in the garden anyway. :)

Renee  – (January 27, 2016 at 9:45 PM)  

I agree that a darker stain might look nice, but even this looks great. If you're going to use them as plant stands, you could inset the pot into the seat!

outlawgardener  – (January 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM)  

Your re do is certainly an improvement and I agree with the others that less of a color contrast will make it even better once the seats are stained.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (January 29, 2016 at 2:38 PM)  

Your creative project gave me several ideas and inspirations for garden projects I'd like to try.

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