Upcycled Chairs from Grandma

Man am I ever a lucky gal!  I have these visions when I see furniture and my handy hubby makes it happen! This is the second upcycle that we have done with my grandmas old furniture and I am so pleased with the way that it turned out.  In the condo we did not have a dining room set, well because we didn't have a dining room. LOL!  

So when she was getting rid of her dining set I saw an opportunity to make it something special.  The best part of this project is it didn't take a whole bunch of tools. 

We needed:

  • A great pair of scissors
  • A staple gun
  • Wood measured for the seat
  • A sharpie
  • Foam for the seat
  • Our choice of fabric


So these chairs are made of macrame on the seat.  Although it looks kinda cool the orange colour just did not make sense in our house and they really were not comfortable to sit on.  So the scissors came out and we cut if all off.  It took a little while as we had to unscrew the legs and back to make sure we got it all out.  Wood was cut to fit perfectly inside the base of the chair, which was then toped with foam.  Fabric was measure and stapled to the back and placed back in the base.  The best part of this upcycle is if (and when) we want a change we can just change the fabric on the seat and we will have a brand new chair. 

** and just to be clear – whenever I reference we I really mean Shaun 😉


I am so pleased with the outcome!  They look totally beautiful and we have tons of compliments and they are original and you can't find them in any store!



Stay tuned as we have more DIY and Upcycle projects coming up soon!


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    Jenn January 30, 2014 (1:59 pm)

    WOW!! What a beautiful final product!! I love how clean and modern it looks. I lack the ability to look at something old and make it beautiful again, so I am in aww of your talent!

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      Amy January 30, 2014 (2:25 pm)

      Thanks Jenn – it’s all my imagination and hubby’s hard work 😉

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    Kristen B January 30, 2014 (2:38 pm)

    They look great! My mom helped me reupholstered my 6 dinning room chairs a couple years ago. It changes the whole look of the room.

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      Amy January 30, 2014 (2:55 pm)

      Thanks Kristen – it was fun and an affordable way to get new furniture!

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    Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations January 31, 2014 (3:15 pm)

    WOW, that is super easy. And they look absolutely FABULOUS. Love the pattern.

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy January 31, 2014 (3:53 pm)

    Wow that looks great! And you made it look easy. Congrats on the upcycle!

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    Aeryn Lynne January 31, 2014 (6:11 pm)

    Am in utter love with the final result, WOW! What a beautiful transformation, wtg. 🙂