April 1, 2008

Got a broken chair?

As I've mentioned before, spray paint is one of my favorite tools! I'm always after a quick result when doing a project. This chair was going to be thrown away, so I asked if I could have it.
The spinner was broken, the arms were coming off, and it wasn't in any state to be used as a chair. I could see that the bolts on the arms had been tightened a few times, but the glue was broken, so the sturdiness was totally gone.
The two cushions on the chair were attached by bolts and screws. I removed those, and took off the arms. I sanded the chair down, put glue on the arm joints, and bolted the arms back on.

Gorilla glue expands as it dries, and bubbles up. This can cause problems if you are going to stain something you've used it on. Because I was going to paint my chair, I didn't worry about the expansion, and I sanded down the spill-over when it was dry.

On the bottom section, I cut 4" off the leg length. This chair was just too tall to fit at a normal height desk, plus the fact I wanted to add a pair of casters to the bottom (that I've hung onto for 2 years) so that it would roll. Then I slowly and evenly I painted it black.

I forgot to mention, I went to Home Depot and I bought a Lazy Susan as my swivel replacement. The old one was totally broken. I didn't really expect Home Depot to have a replacement, but a guy there showed me the lazy susan, and it had a weight limit of 500 lbs. Well, surely that will do! Especially for $4.59 + tax.

Once it was all dry, I reassembled it with the new lazy susan and the old cushions. I drilled holes into the bottom of the legs and inserted my four used casters. Now I've got a useful cute chair!


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7 comments:

~EssenseVibez~ said...

wow-weeee.....girl you are good!...my dining room chairs could use a lift...guess i may have work cut out for me this summer...good job!...i love your blog...stop by and see me sometimes...
remain blessed!!

Jen Gallacher said...

You are scary amazing! You know that right. I've got kitchen chairs that need the cushions recovered. I can just screw them off and then staple on new fabric, right? You are such an inspiration!!

Andrea Amu said...

Now that's for sure a great fixer-upper! Wonderful job... and a swivel lazy susan to withstand 500 lbs? Wow! Who woulda thunk it...lol!

Ohh, and congrats on the new blog! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

You are one smart cookie! You should be on that HGTV show - Design Star. Seriouly. :) --teri

Anonymous said...

HELLO Natalie! I just found your blog & ONCE again I am In Awe of your talents and handiwomaniness ;)! I love what you did with this chair and now I'm off to drool over some of your other projects! ...YOU definitely could host a home improvement show! Anna D :)

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

OMGoodness! Natalie! Girl, you are something else! Seriously, we need to look into you getting your own show! Oh, and you've been TAGGED! Check out my blog for details!

The Jensen Family said...

Wow Girl!! You are amazing in so many ways!! Sarah