Second Hand Furniture can be GREAT for re-purposing!

Oct 13th, 2010

For a few Saturdays, we have been spending most of our time cleaning out the garage. What a pain! We had to make decisions on which projects to keep and which ones to ditch. This makes me quite sad, but we have a large Halloween party every year, and part of it takes place in the garage. So, needless to say, we must de-clutter for the event.

Acquiring second hand furniture is one of my favorite activities. I gather the items from friends, yard sales, thrift stores, out of dumpsters, or even off the side of the road. Seeing a new vision in items definitely can be easy for me at times, and at others, the items sit in my garage screaming for my attention.

Among the pile of crap goodies were two chairs that looked like this:

I bought the second hand chairs at a yard sale awhile back, and I loved the design. I used two of the chairs for my dining table transformation, but I still had two others that were not in as good of shape. These two left-over chairs had holes in their basket weave area. I knew that I could possibly reupholster them somehow to cover up the misshapen basket weave, but my intentions have never materialized.

When I was pressured asked by the hubby to get rid of them, I instantly had to think of what I could do with them. I KNEW they could be made into something cool, and I was not willing to just throw them away.

In less than ten minutes, (with the help of my hubby and his saw) we had chopped the tops off to begin the transformation and to carry out my vision.

As soon as I ditched the idea of keeping them chairs, a new purpose came to me instantly! Re-purposing furniture is one of my favorite things! I decided they would be adorable, and CHEAP picture frames. We cut out the basket weave with a razor blade knife, and then Dan cut off the backs of the chairs. I then used a sander to get the remaining of the basket weave off the middle area.

It was a little challenging around the edges, but after changing to a lower grit sand paper, it came off like a charm.

Are you beginning to see my vision? This is what they looked like before I sprayed them black.

Of course I have ADORABLE kiddos to go in my new ADORABLE frames, so I sent the pictures over to Costco for printing. I bought two 12X18 prints, and my overall cost was less than $6.00.

I taped the prints onto the back of the frames.

I will be hanging these in my girls’ bedroom as soon as I get some hardware, but I couldn’t wait to show you how great these dining room chairs/now picture frames turned out!

 Aren’t my girls the cutest!?! I think so, but I am a little biased. :)

Sometimes a little pressure actually helps my creativity. I guess I work best under pressure. Do you?


  1. That is very creative… Now I am going to have to find something like that.. Thanks for the ideas!!!

  2. That is just sooo cool! I would have never thought to use a broken chair for that. I have a broken chair from my dining set that we could not find a replacement for, but this gives me an idea of what to do with it. Thanks!

  3. What an awesome transformation, Brooke! Those b & w photos are perfect for the frames too.

  4. You are brilliant.

  5. you are always so creative, love these. They look fantastic and your girls are ADORABLE!

  6. Very creative, I LOVE it!:)

  7. I just featured this on my blog today. I hope that was OK.:)

  8. What an AMAZING idea!! They turned out beautiful…

  9. So cute!

  10. I LOVE this! You are so brilliant and have such vision. You have inspired me to start my own projects. I hope to post pics of some of them soon. Thank you for your blog and all of your creativity!!

  11. WOW! So clever and beautiful!!!

  12. Girl, you are truly fabulous! I LOVE them!

  13. Love it and cuties thing about the makeover is those cuties in the frames.

  14. so clever and creative! I love these! great job.

  15. Wow, what an awesome transformation!

  16. Gobsmaked! Love them!

  17. These are beautiful! I had this exact table/chair set–sold them at a yard sale :( BUT, I am still giggling over you and your hubby, while de-cluttering, pull out the saw and get to re-purposing! I believe that is the ONE way I could have talked my guy into getting involved–using his SAW! :)

  18. I'm in love with those frames! What a creative way to use old chairs. Your girls are gorgeous, and the frames really compliment the pictures.

    My name is Allie, and I have loved looking at your wonderful creations, very inspiring. =)

  19. LOVE THEM!! I must say that since I started reading your blog I have become more of a visionary person. You have totally helped me to see things for what they can become instead of what they are!!

  20. Awesome!

  21. wow! So awesome! This is why I visit your blog, for great creative ideas like this!

  22. Are you serious? You never cease to amaze me at your creativity. Those are the cutest frames I have ever seen! Keep it up.

  23. OH I love it! How did you even think of that?!!? Gorgeous!

  24. oh my goodness! i love them as frames! what a great idea! and yes your girls are the cutest ';-0

  25. Oh my, those have got to be the cutest frames ever. I would have never thought of that but glad you did because I am going chair shopping haha!! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  26. i, sadly, passed up a chairs JUST like this at a thrift store today because of the broken basket weave…. i just may need to run back there tomorrow and snag it~ these are fabulous!

  27. That's a great idea! I love the frames- I'm sure your little girls will feel so fancy to have frames like that! How are you going to hang them? Just with regular picture wire?

  28. Brooke @ says:

    Yep, I plan to hang them with picture wire. :)

  29. What an awesome idea! LOVE them!

  30. ** Adrian ** says:

    I thought you were going to say you turned the seat parts into a bench or a coffee table or something… your creative mind is GENIUS!! I LOVE THEM!!!! Amazing job!!! ;D

  31. How do you come up with this kind of stuff?! These picture frames are BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love them!

  32. Sooo smart and you girls are sweet!

  33. The Yoder's Four says:

    You are a creative genius!! I LOVE these and your girls are so cute!!!!

  34. I love it! What a great idea. I wish my mind worked like that!

  35. These look great…so stinkin' creative!!

  36. It's the Little Things... says:

    Seriously! You come up with the BEST ideas (and you have such the crafty husband)! I love that idea for a picture frame and everything else I've seen on your site! I've been following your blog for about a month and love it! Thanks for all the ideas!

  37. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Great idea!

  38. Great thinking outside the box friend. And yes, your girls are pretty cute. I love that idea. Such a unique frame now.

  39. That is AWESOME!! You are so inspirational to me. I love the way you see things. I am in the middle of making a table out of a door I found in the rafters of our garage…Yep…I'm pretty sure you and I would be best friends if we knew each other. =)

  40. Such an amazing idea!!! Love it!

    ~The Mama Monster

  41. That is such a great idea! Very creative.

  42. Awesome!
    That would be cute too as a magnet board! Thanks for the inspiration!

  43. They turned out so good! I'm looking for inspiration for my bedroom walls and this idea might come in handy! Right now progress is slowly being made, but hopefully it'll pick up soon…

  44. Those are amazing and so unique too! I might have to make me some :)

  45. THese are amazing!! What a great idea!! your daughters are beautiful!

  46. Love the frames! The rest of the chairs would make cute vanity stools…

  47. Awesome-I have the very same chairs that I inherited from my grandparents. My kids have been kinda rough on them tho'…and now I have a future goal for them (later on down the road). Cool!!!

  48. I wish you could see how far my jaw is dropped right now. GENIUS!

  49. SO cute! Love, love, love it!

  50. These are darling! How on earth do you think of these wonderful ways to repurpose? I don't even dare pick paint for a wall and when I do it's never the color I wanted and doesn't look the way I envisioned it!

  51. Wow! Now this is fabulous…it give me a whole new outlook on those old 70's style chairs….absolutely love this.

  52. mama bear says:

    Darling!! I do have one question for you though, did you put glass in them, and if not how do you protect the pictures?
    I've been silently following your blog for a few months now and I love it all!

  53. Ummm. WOW! I'm in love with this project. I only hope I can copy it.

  54. I LOVE this idea! You are sooooo creative…

  55. great thing you did.I love your creativity..You really bring out the best from the waste..ethospace

  56. Very Cool!

  57. This would have never occurred to me to do-love it!! Thanks so much for sharing! I blogged about it here:

  58. Top stink'in cute. I gotta remember that!

  59. So cool. What a great idea!

  60. Wow!!! I am in love with these!!! I will be looking for chairs this weekend at garage and yard sales for sure!!! What a great way to get that high dollar look for next to nothing…perfect!


  61. Hello, I found this re purpose over at Roadkill Rescue, and had to come tell you how absolutely adorable those picture frames are! What an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  62. Ingenious!

  63. While I was searching for chair upholster ideas and found your blog. This is genius idea and you are so creative! Now I want to look for some chairs like this. How are the pictures holding up without glass on front? What did you make with the bottom piece of the chair?

  64. While I was searching for chair upholster ideas and found your blog. This is genius idea and you are so creative! Now I want to look for some chairs like this. How are the pictures holding up without glass on front? What did you make with the bottom piece of the chair?

  65. Jodi Smith says:

    These are absolutely amazing!! I can’t wait to try these!! Thank you for the wonderful idea, I can’t wait to do more!

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