Thrifted Picture Frame Kid Chair

Thrifted Picture Frame Kid Chair

Can you drill a small hole and then drive a screw into it with a screwdriver? Yes, you can! Can you cut a piece of pine 1x2 with a handsaw? Yes, you can! And do you know what that means? You can make this chair! Yes, you can! A couple of picture frames from the thrift store, a couple of 1x2s, and some screws, glue, fabric, and paint. If you've never made anything with wood, this is a great intro project. And if you have made stuff with wood, you'll fly right through this. Let's get started!

2 picture frames
20 feet of 1x2 boards
1/2 yd fabric
screws and brads

1.Cut the board so that you have 4 pieces that form a box (fig a). This will be the base for the seat. The picture frame that you want to use for the seat should sit flush on it (fig b). Also cut 8 pieces of board that are each 10 inches long (fig c). These will be the legs. Glue them together (fig d) in pairs and either clamp them or use rubber bands to hold them tight until the glue sets.

2. Glue and screw the legs into each corner of the box (fig e). Cut 6 pieces of board that are each about 3/4" long. Glue and screw them as shown (fig f). Now cut 3 boards that fit just inside the box and rest on the 6 small pieces you cut. Glue them in place (fig g). Cut 2 pieces of board to support the back of the chair. Since my frame is an oval, I cut the ends of the board at a slight angle. Mine are each 15 inches in length, but yours may vary according to the size of your frame and how you high you want the back frame to sit. Screw 2 screws through the boards and into the box (fig h). The wood frame is now complete, and you can sand rough edges and paint it.

3. Now comes the fun part! Pull all the nails, staples, and hanging hardware off the backs of your frames. You wont be using the glass at all. Save the cardboard or mat board for upholstering later. Lightly sand the frames and wipe them with a barely damp towel. Paint them! You can polyurethane them, too, if you need to.

4. Using the mat board or cardboard that was in the frame you want to use for the back(or just cut a new one if your frames didn't have any) as a template, cut batting that is the same size. Cut fabric a couple of inches bigger (fig i). Pull the fabric across to the back of the cardboard and glue it down with a liberal glob of glue. Hold it in place with some purple duct tape (the sign of true craftsmanship). Then glob glue directly across the other side and pull the fabric tight (fig j). Keep working your way around the cardboard. Use plenty of glue (fig k and l).

5. Cut another piece of cardboard or mat board that is slightly larger than the one that fits into your chair back frame. It should be too large to fit into the frame, but small enough so that it doesn't show from the front. Cover it with fabric, gluing the fabric onto the back like you did before, but don't stuff it with batting (fig m). Also upholster the cardboard from the frame you want to use for the seat (fig n).

6. Pop the upholstered pieces of cardboard into their respective frames. Mini reveal! So exciting!

7. Cover the back of the oval frame with the big cardboard (the one you cut that has no batting in it). Hammer brads into it to hold it into place.

8. Screw the seat back onto the chair frame.

9. Screw the seat bottom onto the chair frame.

You're done! See? It wasn't that bad. Aren't you dying to make an adult sized one?

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