Introduction: How to Convert Old Chairs Into Fun End Tables and Extra Seating – Eat Drink and Be Merry!
When I was cleaning out the old play house and converting it to my new Tack Shack I ran into these three old chairs and a light bulb went off in my head. What we needed most on our deck was not extra seating (I was already working on that) but we really needed some end tables. We’ve just been putting our glasses down on the deck and, quite frankly, it was a tad inconvenient so I brought the old chairs down to the garage and got to work taking them a part. The backs and the seats look so much less gross in the picture then they actually were because they were NASTY.
I was glad to see that the bases were in decent shape and steel which was why I was excited about these for our deck – I knew with a little spray paint they would look brand new! I took the bases to our hose and scrubbed them down with steel wool and got them as clean and dry as I could before I proceeded with spray paint. I gave a heavy coat of white Rustoleum then I headed to the barn for barn wood for the seats and backs.
Step 1: Staining, White Washing and Then Stenciling
After cleaning up the wood with steel wool and sand paper I cut them to 15″ and then I stained them all to match with Dark Walnut. I chose the thicker pieces for the “seats” so I could easily just screw up into them with 1 1/2″ screws without worrying about them going through or my having to buy bolts and nuts etc. After the stain I white washed them with Kilz primer because that was what I had on hand.
With the pieces dry my husband volunteered to make me some stencils out of card board because, during lunch together that Saturday, I was lamenting how to paint these. I don’t have a single creative bone in my body when it comes to “calligraphy” or hand painting anything like that so I knew I would be using a stencil. So, my wonderful husband got to work while I headed out to the garage and put a good layer of outdoor sealant on the seats, then I taped the stencils to the backs and spray painted them.
Step 2: Completion
With the stenciling finished I used the same sealant on the backs as I did on the seats to protect the wood from the elements (and from sweating glasses on a hot day). All in I am happy with how they turned out, certainly not something you can just go and buy at Home Depot! I love that they double as extra seating in a pinch and they're high enough that they work with all of our furniture as end tables on the deck.