Before & After: Old Chairs Turned Ornate Frames

published Dec 13, 2011
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121211-chairs.JPG Before and after makeovers are always rather shocking right? It’s always some sad piece of furniture that gets a new paint job or rework to be a brighter, bolder, more modern form of itself right? They’re always so cool. This one is no different except the after photo of these chairs — well, how do we say this — they’re not even chairs anymore.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

We checked in with Brooke over at All Things Thrifty where this simple chair with busted caning was in need of a makeover. Instead of trying some crafty trickery to fix the broken pieces, they removed the caning all together and removed the lower half of the chair.

The pieces were painted black and large printouts of their daughters were inserted into the middle. These chairs, which could easily be any chairs with this style back can be found at garage sales, estate sales, and thrift stores around the country, but large, ornate frames are hard to track down and a wee bit pricey when you do.

This is a great solution to oversize artwork and makes a statement without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for a creative project or have the need to rescue sad and lonely chairs from thrift stores like I do, then it’s a great project to keep in mind. Check out the full tutorial and how to over at All Things Thrifty.