While walking down the street a few weeks back, I found a rusted old folding chair in a trash pile. Its PVC banded seat was busted, but the frame (minus the rust) was in functional condition. I decided to rescue it from a future at the landfill and carried it home. A few weeks later, I tripped over a muddied and retired "road work ahead" sign. Though it needed some serious cleaning, I decided the reflective vinyl would be an ideal material for the chair's new seat back.
So, over the course of a few hours (spread over two days), I turned two scavenged items, landfill bound, into a one-of-a-kind outdoor furnishing that glows at night. It's as comfortable as it is attractive and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
- Scavenging: varies
- (RE)Construction: 4-8 hours depending on the grunginess of your find
- chair frame + material for seat back
- hot water, vinegar and a rag
- sand paper + fine steel wool (001)
- measuring tape
- hot glue
- needle and thread
- spray paint (for customizing vinyl mesh and/or chair handles)