Decorating Ideas for Old Wooden Chairs

Old wooden chairs get to the point where they earn respect because of the length of time they have held up and been in use. Vintage chairs develop a character as they experience normal wear and tear. It makes sense to keep a wooden chair that has been passed down through the family, or is a good sturdy seat, but if a chair gets to the point that it appears tired or downright ugly, it may need a facelift. To repurpose a chair or give it a new look is a great way to make the old and worn, beautiful and decorative again.





Find a New Purpose for an Old Wooden Chair

Wonderful and affordable wooden chairs with potential are found in secondhand shops and yard sales, and there are all sorts of ways to give them new functionality. A chair that’s finish is worn, or perhaps the structure is weak, or the seat is split can serve well as a potted plant table or an end table that holds treasured books, stuffed animals, or a vase of cut flowers. Many charming things look perfectly at home sitting on an old wooden chair, and this décor helps create a shabby chic style in a room.

The great outdoors is another perfect place for old worn chairs. Use them on a front porch or in the garden for character and a pretty spot to sit a spell, or use several around a patio table because even mismatched chairs can be well suited to each other. The more weathering an old wooden chair receives, the more character it develops, but chairs can also be water sealed to keep them from further deterioration.


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Find a New Guise for an Old Wooden Chair

Painting wooden chairs is one way to give them a big decorative makeover. Hand painting with a brush or sponge applicator provides a more thorough coverage and may take fewer coats than a spray-painted chair, but both methods are easy to achieve and should be applied in thin coats.

To prepare an already painted wooden chair to receive a new finish:
✿ Use medium to fine grades of sandpaper to smooth the rough spots.
✿ If paint is peeling, it may require scrubbing with a wire brush and then fine sand paper to best prepare the surface.
✿ If the paint is thick, getting down to bare wood may require paint removing products made specifically for use on wood.
✿ Next, wipe the chair down with a tack cloth to remove any residue.
✿ Once the wood is bare, or at least smooth, a primer coat is next before painting the chair.

There are many more ideas here with regard to decorative painting techniques that can contribute to the repurposing of an old wooden chair. Some great methods exist that create a look that is quite easy to achieve like splatter painting or using multiple bright colors to enhance a chair that will be used in a family room or out on the front porch.