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Guest Post: Repurposed Folding Chairs


Today’s guest post is from Dr. Vaughn Hales who has repurposed and re-imagined some common household furniture into stylish, functional patio furnishings.

vaughn_yellowLet’s start with my favorite! Who doesn’t love a splash of yellow to liven up your deck or patio? Check out the yellow metal base, glass top table on the far left. The table base was made from a canvas chair that was ripped and no longer usable. When I first looked at this I assumed it just had a custom glass top added. Wrong! The glass top has also been repurposed from a storm door that was replaced.

Folding chair legs + storm door glass = stylish (genius) upcycled table

In the center of the photo is a 5-foot ladder that was used often but is 50+ years old and needed constant attention to remain sturdy. So, cut your losses and reinvent what you have, right. That’s exactly what Vaughn did by upcycling his old wooden ladder into a vertical display for his potted plants.

Last is another table made from a canvas chair that was ripped and no vaughn_REDlonger usable plus a cedar board that had been around forever. This project has a great “reduction rebel” story to it: before you buy something you need, look around your house to see if something you have will fit your needs. You’ll save money and gain space!

A word from Dr. Vaughn Hales…

The fun part about these outside furniture rehabilitation/recycling projects is that No Additional cost was incurred and the challenge was to make them over with only the materials on hand. 
I am honored to have been able to share Vaughn’s clever repurposing projects with my Reduction Rebel readers. If any of you have upcycling projects or recycled crafts you’d like to share on Eve of Reduction, please submit them. Sharing is caring!

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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7 Responses to Guest Post: Repurposed Folding Chairs

  1. James Henry November 1, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    great concept of folding chairs i am appreciate this effort to make these type of furniture.
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  2. Karen Walker December 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Question: How are the table tops attached/adhered to the legs? Glue?

    • Eve December 2, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      The glass window was taken from a storm door and around its perimeter was metal. It’s not a good idea to remove the metal frame from the tempered glass because the edge of the glass is its weakest point and if bumped hard enough could cause shatter. Once the folding chair base was reframed to accommodate the table base I attached the table top with ¾ inch self-drilling pan head Philips metal screws. Note: Level the base to the ground while simultaneously aligning and clamping the top to the base, then screw it together. Each leg has one screw.

  3. fox chairs December 18, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Wonderful Thanks.

  4. fox chairs December 18, 2013 at 11:58 am #

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