Introduction: How to Make a Foot Stool or Chair From Recycled Paint Cans
This is the first of four stools that I made more than 2 months ago. They are in daily use as dining chairs and general chairs, rather than footstools, as we don't have a couch on which to sit on so that we can use them as footstools - never mind! They really get used heavily with three teenagers in the house, plus their cousins and friends, not to mention the adults, and they are very durable and comfortable. They are made from all recycled materials except for the foam and the sticky tape. I could have replaced the foam with recycled clean plastic bags, or even newspaper, and next time I will try and do that. I did this because 1. we really needed some furniture, and 2. I want to challenge perceptions of what is actually "rubbish". There are so many things that we discard and the moment they are discarded they are then perceived as "rubbish" or "trash" and no longer of use, however, I have found that many of these things actually have a long lasting second use. I know that this is not news to readers, but I am not sure whether anyone else has tried this with paint cans. As it would take maybe hundreds of years for these things to break down fully if in landfill, perhaps I have invented the longest lasting chair EVER! Who knows! I got the idea from a similar thing I saw with plastic bottles which I have linked here. Perhaps the same thing could be done with used large food cans such as tomato sauce cans here in Fiji, or the large pineapple juice or coffee cans.
For full instructions see http://alicevstokes.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/footstool-or-chair-recycled-cans/