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Upcycled Broken Chair into Home Decor

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, so that means it’s Trash to Treasure Transformation time. Yippee!!  I’m joined by four other awesome gals and I’m sharing their inspiring work in a bit. Until then, I’m featuring this cracked up maple wood chair that my dad brought to me. Can we say upcycled broken chair project? At least, I hope…ahem.

Broken Chair Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My dad has all the faith in my when he brings this chair over as a project piece. He believes I can do something with it, so I say…GAME ON. Who can resist a dad encouraging like that?

Obviously, the chair can’t be used in the current state. Upon close inspection, I’m first intrigued at how the split happened on this S. Bent & Bros. beauty. Apparently this once gem has been dealt some Ohio weather and the wood warped. No surprise…I feel the same around February of each year. tsk.

Split Chair Seat | prodigalpieces.com

I get all excited thinking I can use a bow tie joint (aka. butterfly spline) to tie it back together. However, I’ve never attempted one and felt that the other splits in the seat deem it likely to split again. So…it’s time to take this apart and make it into something fun instead.

DIY TIME

First, I need to get the back rest off so I can handle the seat. My favorite cutter tool makes this a breeze – just buzz and done.

Cutting Chair Back Spindles | prodigalpieces.com

Second, I use my hammer to tap off the top and it comes off easily. Now what? Well, I had to sit and stare at these pieces for a bit to decide what is the best next course of action.

Disassembled Chair Seat and Base | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I decide to put the seat back together using my biscuit joiner and biscuits. I use the tool to make a cut into both seat edges and then join with wood glue and a biscuit. We also use the joiner for building things like our reclaimed kitchen counters.

Biscuit Joiner with Biscuits for Seat Assembly | prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile, I decide to keep the base as-is, but dress it up a bit. In order to do that, I have to make all the legs the same length (height) by cutting the back two short. Then, I use my drill and forstner bit and two scraps of wood to make these braces. I don’t have a drill press that would make this project easy, however I know a few tricks to make a hand drill a simple fix. I mark the angles on the side of the wood and match my drill and bit to enter in at the same angle.

Upcycled Broken Chair Base Assembly | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Finally, my last few bits to use up are the back spindles, and the back splat. I create a simple ladder-style piece with the spindles, but find the splat a bit of a puzzle to make use of. Then, I can’t get past what I see every time I look at the splat.

Upcycled Broken Chair Back Before Cutting | prodigalpieces.com

My jigsaw and i have some fun creating a little pair of somethings. Can you see it?

Upcycled Wooden Elephant from Broken Wooden Chair | prodigalpieces.com

After that, I get back to making the upcycled broken chair seat into what my eyes can’t get past…a funky sign. I know I’m off on many different tangents, but hopefully you enjoy the end result.

THE REVEALS

Warning…reveal pictures overload, but bear with me…they’re fun!! Five projects all in from one upcycled broken chair. Let’s take a peek!

Upcycled Farmhouse Decor from a Broken Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #upcycled #homedecor

First, I have the spindles removed from the back turned into a ladder decor piece. It’s quirky, whimsical, and fun for any room. I chose doilies for this one, but it could be so fun done in many ways.

Farmhosue Spindle Rack from an Upcycled Broken Chair with Handmade Doilies by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #farmhouse

Side View Spindle Shelf by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #repurposed

Second, below that, you can see the vision I have for the chair seat. Doesn’t the shape remind of of an interstate sign? Route 66 it is! tee hee! You know I love typography, so I had to use my transfer method yet again to make it fun.

Upcycled Broken Chair Seat into Route 66 Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #upcycled #sign

Repurposed Route 66 Sign from Broken Chair Seat by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #sign

Third, beside these two, I have a last bit of the chair back turned into a towel holder using a piece of reclaimed wood from our remodel, and a bit of tin.

Handmade Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse

Repurposed Farmhouse Towel Holder from Broken Chair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home

Do you recognize the piece on the front? It already had holes from the spindles, so I inserted dowel pins and joined it to the board.

Top View Reclaimed Wood Towel Holder by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #recalimed #wood #upcycled

Next, down below I share my little elephant creations also made from the chair back I upcycled. They take shape well after my Dremel helps me add the fine details. And, because the same spindle holes are in these pieces and happen to be in just the right spot (ahem) I add a fun tail pin with a dowel.

Handmade Wooden Elephants made from Upcycled Chair Back by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #elephant

Hand Carved Elephants by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #elephants #reclaimed

Braided Elephant Tails in Hand Carved Elephants by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #reclaimed

So, am I crazy for seeing elephants? IDK, but I do have tons of fun!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST

Last, but not least, check out the chair bottom upcycle. I had to keep it together since it’s sturdy as-is. In addition to that bottom, I am pleased with the outcome of the oak top as well.

Rustic Farmhouse Side Table with Oak Top from Upcycled Broken Chair Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #diy

Handmade Side Table for Farmhouse Decor Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from Upcycled Broken Chair | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furntiure #diy #home

And…there ya go. A busted chair became five different projects in one. Which one is your favorite? I don’t have any partiality becuase I’m the creator, so I’m eager to hear from you. In addition, if you’d like to add any of these to your home story, just visit my online shop to get the details.

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Rustic Farmhouse Decor Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #rustic #farmhouse #decor #diy

Also, inspire others by pinning and sharing my upcycled broken chair fun. Let’s do it and DIY!

A single upcycled broken chair is turned into 5 different home decor projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #farmhouse #home #homedecor

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Okay…. The elephants are just too CUTE!!! Can’t you just see Laura Ingalls running across the prairie with these in her hands?? ❤️

    • Larissa says

      You are a gal after my own heart. I’m a sucker for simple! 😀

  2. Shelley S says

    Of course, the elephants are adorable, but I must vote for the table! The combo of the finished wood top, painted legs, and that functional wire basket make it the winner for me!

    Clever use of something so many folks would have trashed!

    • Larissa says

      happy dance! I just had to give it a try. Thanks so much, Shelley!

  3. Mother Deer says

    Well done, all the way around! The elephants are too much 😉 Wow.

    • Larissa says

      Yay! It was a trial to see what I could do, but certainly fun. Thanks!

  4. KaleriaS says

    Hands down, the table and the elephants. Just amazing. Those elephants are award-winning creations, Larissa! I am most in awe, however, at the time you spent intending NOT to scrap any piece of the chair. Your determination is the most beautiful of all!
    Ps. The towel rack gets third prize))

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for getting why I do what I do, Kaleria. You’re a sweetie and I could hug ya! 😀

  5. susan says

    I just continue to be amazed at what you come up with! Wish I had the knowledge you do! My favorite is the Route 66 sign. Did you see the monkey head in the middle of the splat? The elephants are too cute!

  6. gwen says

    Well Larissa, I think you outdid yourself on this one! All i saw was a monkey in that chair back! Everything is so cute! Waste not, want not!

    • Larissa says

      aww…thanks! I saw the monkey too!! I just couldn’t figure out what to do with cartoon monkey. haha! Thanks so much, Gwen.

  7. Christy James says

    Larissa!!! These are all so fantastic!! I love that you saw the possibilities in every piece, even the elephants!! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Girrrrlll…it ’bout drove me crazy to come up with something for it all, but I did it!! woot! Thanks, Christy, for the smiles.

  8. Denise Zdziennicki says

    Whaaaat?!!! All 5 projects are AWESOME Larissa! You’re creativity always puts a huge smile on my face… those elephants – adorable! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! You’ve put a much needed smile on my face, Denise. Thank you! I had to make those…too fun!

  9. Lisa says

    WOW..that is repurposing at it’s BEST! Great job.

  10. Niki says

    Wow, five projects out of one chair!! I like simplicity in design so my favorite two are the Route 66 sign and the elephants. So fun and so cute.

    • Larissa says

      You and me both, Niki. Less is more in my book. Thanks for the love!

  11. Vicki Bray says

    Clever!! Never thought 5 projects would have come from one chair!! Amazing!

    • Larissa says

      What can I say…I’m a nut! 😀 haha! Thanks so much, Vicki. I had a blast with it!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Jen. Had to use it up in fun fashion. 😉

  12. Charleen says

    Absolutely fabulous!!!!! Love the elephant 🐘. table very inventive .charming ladder. Girl you just amaze me. God Bless you.

    • Larissa says

      I’m delighted to hear you think so, Charleen. Thanks!!

  13. Wanda E Rose says

    What did your dad say about all the wonderful creations?

  14. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    AMAZING!! You are so incredibly creative and talented, Larissa. Every repurposed chair piece has been transformed into something incredible. I can’t pick a favorite. The table is awesome and the sign too but my heart went pitter-patter with those adorable elephants! Girl, only you could see elephants in that seat spat!

    • Larissa says

      Marie, you sure know how to make me feel loved. Thank you so much for the wonderfully encouraging words. I truly had fun – especially once my brain latched onto what I could do with it. Sending hugs!

  15. Deanna says

    Hands down ~ for me, personally the end table

  16. Val says

    When I saw the shape of the elephants it made me smile. What a creative brain you have! No wonder your Dad has faith in you after seeing this project. I love the elephants and the Route 66 sign.

    • Larissa says

      You’ve made my day, Val. Thanks so much for the sweet words. Hugs!

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