In my upstairs loft, there are tall shelves that hold cabinet doors, drawer fronts and other “remnants” waiting to be made into chalk boards or coat racks. These ornate and solid pieces, once serving a purpose in a home, are examples of what can be upstyled into a unique, one-of-a-kind accents in a living space.
Today, I was upstairs tidying up–and about to part ways with an antique chair I had painted, glazed, and distressed in the fall. It was waiting a new seat cushion base, and I had placed it on top of the tall shelves. Recently, I moved something next to it, and the chair fell down and an underside support piece broke beyond my ability to repair. Painting chairs by brush is a lot of work because of all the surfaces. With the chair broken, it seemed the effort was in vain! But then this morning, I got an idea.
Initially, I wondered if something could be done with the chair back. With all its great detail, I decided I would cut it off and keep it on hand. Then I noticed how the front legs were sharp looking and had a nice support piece between them. Finally, I saw how those legs could be attached to the base of the chair back (after some trimming and sawing to make a good fit). I already had the hooks on hand, and after attaching the legs to the chair back tightly with wood screws, an almost discarded chair became a coat rack with great, unique character!