Repurposing pieces that have been discarded as trash or being sold as is, is rewarding. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s easy and fun. You may get addicted. Furniture can be repurposed into anything. I love turning chairs into all sorts of things. Shelves, benches, dog dish holders, etc… The sky is the limit.
Chairs are great to repurpose since you can get them for next to nothing. You also most likely have a couple old chairs in the garage or basement that need a purpose. Turning two painted chairs with MudPaint into a bench is a great way to reuse and it will look great in an entry area, porch, …. For the kids, guests, pets, a bench is a useable decorative element to your space. This DIY project doesn’t take long with MudPaint and it is easy to do. Follow these steps:
- Use a drill or screwdriver to remove the screws from underneath the chair. This will release the chair cushions from the frame. Save the screws.
- Clean the surface well.
- A light sanding is recommended. If you are painting over peeling paint, scrape and sand to smooth.
- If there are holes, fill them with wood filler and then sand smooth.
- A primer is not needed on most surfaces. However, if a smooth or slick surface, painting a lighter color, painting over a stain or wood with red undertones, or if painting a wood that is known to bleed, a primer is recommended. MudPaint is compatible with water based primers, cover stain and KILZ.
- Be sure the surface is free of dust.
- Clean with a wet rag and allow to dry completely.
- Before using paint, shake can vigorously and stir thoroughly.
- Apply one coat of paint with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood.
- For a more distressed look, paint any which way.
- Most surfaces need only a single coat.
- If applying a second coat, allow to dry, and then lightly sand between coats.
- Put the 2 chairs together to get an accurate measure for the bench seat. Cut out a piece of plywood or take measurements to the hardware store and have them cut the plywood.
- Apply one coat of paint to the plywood. If additional coats are desired, allow to dry, and then lightly sand between coats.
- Place bench seat on top of the 2 chair frames.
- Grab the screws that were used to secure the cushions. Screw them into the wood from the bottom using the same holes.
- Allow to dry completely before sanding if distressing.
- You can upholster the bench or add a bench cushion.
* There are a number of reasons why paint will crack. Poor surface preparation, paint drying too fast, applying a second or third coat of paint before the previous coat dries completely, applying paint too thick, and over-spreading paint.