2016 Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge – Red Weathered Chair

I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts

Spring 2016 Thrift Store Upcycle

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

Red Weathered Chair

Red weathered chair

There was a time when I wanted everything new, but the older I get, the more I appreciate items that have a little age on them. I think the imperfections of aged items give it a character that you just don’t get from new items. So when I took the challenge, I had it in my mind that I wanted to upcycle something old, but I had no clue what that old item would be. I visited several stores, some more than once, and started to worry that I wasn’t going to find anything. Then, on my second visit to Goodwill, I saw an old wooden chair and a light bulb went off – I have an old chair and it was sitting in my own backyard!

weathered chair

This chair is a little over 20 years old and was part of a blonde color dining set my husband and I bought when we first got married. The table is long gone, but I hung onto the chairs because I love the shape. Unfortunately, the blonde chairs don’t match our current dark dining table, so I decided to paint one chair black. I hated it. Then, I lost interest in the chair and it sat outside in the rain and scorching sun until it began to weather and crack. Yet, I still loved it and loved it even more! I could still see it’s beauty and knew it was time to pretty it up with some red paint.

Red weathered chair

I sanded off most of the black paint and then brushed on red acrylic paint. When the paint was dry, I sanded off some of the red paint to show some of the black paint and weathered wood.

Wax on red weathered chair

Since the chair will be under cover at my front door, I used clear wax to seal the paint (use waterproof sealant for chairs that will be in the elements). Once the entire chair was sealed with wax, it was ready for its new home. Red weathered chair

I can’t believe how a few months in the elements and some red paint can transform a chair. I’m totally in love with my updated red weathered chair and have a great piece to begin my front door update! Make sure to stop by next week for another decor addition and to see the step-by-step transformation of my front door area.

For more thrift store flips, head over to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!

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  1. That chair looks fabulous! You’re totally right; the older you get, the more appealing older, used items become. It certainly helps save money, and usually used products have a very unique look about them. Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Your chair is lovely! The distressing with the red makes it feel very cottagey! I’m glad you linked it up this week to Dishing It! & Digging It! The other projects are great to look through too!

  3. Love the chair! It reminds me of one my grandmother had. Oh, how I wish I had that chair! thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  4. I love that you hung onto this chair for so long and were able to re-purpose it! And I have a feeling I know what the matching table looks like, because we have a similar set in our kitchen right now (that I hate but don’t want to get rid of because it’s a really sturdy set of furniture!) 😉

    1. Thanks Emily. If you bought your set around 20 years ago it probably looks very similar – does yours have tile on it? I know the farm table look was really “in” at that time. And yes, the set was super sturdy! We ended up giving the table to a friend that needed it.

  5. This looks fantastic! I love that you have it outside. I bet it will continue to acquire character and get even more beautiful. 🙂

  6. The chair turned out lovely. And once you added the wax it made a big difference. I love the color you chose. Erlene I am hosting a link party that runs Friday till Tuesday and would love to have you link up with us over at Sweet Inspiration.

  7. Oh love this so much! I have been doing a lot of up cycling from thrift store finds too lately and would have over to be a part of this challenge if I knew about it earlier 🙂 I painted a rocking chair yellow and love it 🙂
    xx, Kusum

  8. You don’t seem to see much red in these projects and this looks great! I only recently upcycled a second-hand chair to black, so I’ll have to wait a long time before it weathers! lol Lovely work. Sue via Friday Frenzy

  9. Very cute I love the red too! I had a really cool antique chair in my bedroom and my husband hates everything old and convinced me to toss it! That was before I was a blogger. I have been on the hunt for another one ever since. I love that it was sitting outside and has great weathering already. It will look great in the future.