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Chair Repurposed into a Bookcase
Hello! and welcome to the June Edition of Int’l Bloggers Club. We are a group of bloggers from around the world who choose a theme once a month to do a project or write an article about, sometimes it’s country specific like our Easter traditions, and other times it’s not like our tin can repurpose we did last month.
This month we are using household items in a repurposing project.
I think I might be stretching the term household item here because I used a chair. Technically it’s furniture, but lots of houses have them, so it can fall into the household item category right? 😉 My husband found this chair curbside, and brought it home to me, too sweet. I love the shape of this, and it has fun character, but it needed some work.
It had several loosened spindles that were fixed, and the chair was then made more secure for its future life as a bookcase. That’s right I decided to turn it into a bookcase. I have been perusing Craigslist for a while now looking for just the right size bookcase at the right price for the few books that just don’t fit on our other shelf. As I was sanding this chair I thought, “hey I’ll just pile those remaining books on this guy.”
I sanded the chair, and thought I would stain and seal it similar to my precious rocking chair, but I changed my mind and decided to paint it in layers instead. The chair was first painted in white, and as I was painting, I started thinking the chair’s new coat needed to be sloppy, strangest thing I know, but I went with sloppy.
I used brush strokes this way and that.
I even let the paint drip on purpose. And of course because I was going for a layered look, the white wasn’t completely covered up with the blue paint. I think sloppy worked with this piece because of it’s already damaged canvas, the new finish just matched it perfectly.
After the paint was completely dry, I piled on the books. As you can see I put some of the bigger/wider books on the bottom, that was to give the curvy seat a flatter space to work with. Then the rest of the books were stacked on top. There were even some books that found a home on the cross bars.
It looks like the chair has gathered and is holding the books with its arms, lol.
Have you ever used a chair to hold books? Would you ever consider a sloppy finish on a piece of furniture? I hope you’ve liked my use of this old broken chair turned bookcase. Don’t forget to go on over and visit the other ladies’ projects! They’re always awesome!!
Thanks for sharing!!