DIY Thrifted Trash Chair Makeover

I spotted a chair in my neighbor’s trash, pulled over, looked at it, then said Nah and drove off.  9pm that night I could not stop thinking about it.  I went to go get the trash chair and Nick insisted on doing it himself because he did not want his crazy wife rummaging through garbage in the middle of night. He’s a great husband.  Patient. Willing to go through trash for me.   Here is an update to this story- the chair was NOT trash.

The before: (and the reason Nick called me crazy)

Nick not-so-lovingly calls it the trash chair.  The trash chair will happily be in my office, which is also why I painted it pink.  I originally wanted white but my office is mostly white with pops of color, so why not have an accent trash chair that is pink?


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If you find a trash chair you love, you may want to pick up a lead test at your local hardware store since you may not know the age of the object. After cleaning up the chair, I did some light sanding and then sprayed rust reformer to coat the chair.  A rust reformer spray looks same as spray paint and coats the object so that you can easily apply paint to rusted areas.   Allow the rust reformer spray to dry and then you can apply spray paint.  The sucker used a whole can.

I am working on my office for the next two weeks and hope to have it completed by then!  So,we will see where this ends up as the perfect chair to hold some disco balls 😉

Other thrifty before & afters-  Thrifted Shelf Makeover 
Thrifted Pineapple Planters (one seen above)

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