Broken Chair Repurposed into Shelf

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Put your hands together for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!! This is my favorite time of month where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take something that’s been cast-off and give it new life. We’ll get to their projects in a bit (plus a prize for you!), but first let me show you my subject for this month’s makeover. Would you like to see this broken chair repurposed into a shelf?

Broken Chair Before Repurposed Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

A few years back my best girlfriend said she didn’t have the heart to throw this thing out. Bless her heart because she knew I might like to have a try at it. Ummm…yes. I love a good challenge, and I must admit I have had it for a few years. She had even given me this chair at the same time and I gave it a new look in this post.

Antique Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So you can see why we have much in common, the love of old things, farmhouse life, and raising our families with a love for the Lord. Thank you for being you, Connie!

In deciding what it should become, I had many ideas from turning it round and round and upside down. However, the most logical idea for me was a broken chair repurposed shelf. This is where it gets oh-so-fun for me because I get to dig into my stash and create. Here are a few things I pulled out to play with…

Repurposed Junk Parts for Broken Chair Repurposed Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You’re looking at some barn wood from our kitchen remodel, two broken rake handles (yes I saved them. ahem), a couple of turnings from vintage bunk beds, and a few old hooks left from our bathroom remodel.

After digging around some more, I found some pieces of a set of antique legs that I had remnant from making this crate ottoman.

Vintage Soda Crate Repurposed into Foot Stool by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All these pieces came into play as my idea began to come to fruition. I used the broken rakes for shelf support, as well as plugging the holes that were left from the previous life.

Repairing Broken Rocking Chair for New Life as Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After a a good bit of DIY time invested, here is what that old broken rocking chair looks like now.

Broken Chair Repurposed into Reclaimed Shelf by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Blue Ball Jars on Repurposed Broken Chair Shelf by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It has spunk, it has function, and it has a story. Can you see the saw lines in the barn wood?

Reclaimed Barn Wood Shelf on Repurposed Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

That is first growth oak that you just can’t find anywhere. I love it when something is telling you a story in a subtle way.

So, my junkin’ cup is full again and I’m so happy with the outcome of this project. Suffice it to say that it paid off for it to be staring at me for the last couple of years. If this new creation catches your eye, you can make it yours by heading to my shop. It can be used most anywhere, not just the bathroom.  😉

Rustic Farmhouse Shelf Made from a Rocking Chair and Reclaimed Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You would make my day if you would pin and share this funkified chair so that others can think twice about “trash” and be inspired too.

Broken Chair Repurposed into Wall Shelf with Reclaimed Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Later on this week I will have a tasty recipe that will help you make use of your garden goodie leftovers. Become a subscriber to my newsletter to get the details in your inbox. (sidebar sign-up or at the bottom of this post)

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Now…check these out. Oh yeah…

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  1. Artsy Chicks Rule
  2. Girl in the Garage
  3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  4. Bless’er House

More of my repurposed projects:

A Cedar Chest Found in the Trash Becomes Industrial Style Decor in this Farmhouse Bedroom by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comRepurpose Screen Door Turned Chalkboard Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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19 Comments

  • Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    I love what you did with this chair, Larissa! And I commend you for finding a purpose for those rake handles lol! Great save! XO

    October 11, 2016 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…we used dowel like crazy around here, so at the very least the start a winter fire. Thanks, girl!

      October 11, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    You are so creative!! I just love this!! And I have friends like that too, aren’t they the best??!! 😉 xo

    October 11, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We all need more friends like that and more storage space…oh, and time to get it all done. Ha! Thanks, Nancy.

      October 11, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    I have a passion for old chairs and your re-purpose is perfect. And of course you saved the broken rake handle whats wrong with that. It’s like having dowel rods on hand. It it adorable and very useful.

    October 11, 2016 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, dowel is a high commodity item here. Gotta save it! Especially because I build toys for my kids. 🙂 Thank you, Jolinda!

      October 11, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Carole

    I can’t imagine having your creativity and vision. Very nice job on this one.

    October 11, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Carole. I’m glad you called it vision and not crazy. ahahahaha….

      October 11, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    Fabulous, project as always Larissa! Love that you have turned something broken into something practical and unique!

    October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much for the words of encouragement, Sam. I try my best!

      October 12, 2016 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Sweet chair back repurpose, Larissa! See, this proves you never know when a broken anything will come in handy one day. Nice save!!

    October 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Marie! I hope my bestie like sit and the new owner too. I got to have fun creating and that’s what counts.

      October 12, 2016 at 5:27 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Super cute! I love how you repurposed so many pieces for this shelf Larissa.

    October 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! I’m just happy it finally has new life and that someone appreciates my work. 🙂

      October 12, 2016 at 5:27 am Reply
  • Lauren

    You always amaze me with your creativity, Larissa. Love it!

    October 12, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Projects like this are so cool and remaking a broken chair into something else is te best.

    October 15, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Debra! It had been begging me since forever to become more, so I’m happy I finally got to it. Thanks!

      October 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • T

    I love your wood box foot stool do you have directions for it.

    October 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi there! I don’t have a tutorial but just used bolts to attach and a plywood base covered in ticking. Hope that helps!

      October 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm Reply

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