Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Tale of Two Chairs

Sometimes two aren't better than one! I got these two little chairs for a dollar in a bargain bin at a craft store. Cute but dull and the flowers weren't quite my style. While looking at them side by side, I thought that they would make a cute little child bench for the children's nursery in my Beacon Hill. First I worked to the saw to try to cut off the legs that would be touching but that was just too much work! So...
7 seconds in the microwave did the trick! The heat made it easy to pull the chairs apart. If you do this, PLEASE stay close and only do it a couple seconds at a time. Minis aren't worth a fire or burnt fingers! I finished with my saw again, used glue and bits of molding and dowels and finished my shabby little bench.
Here it is, rather rough and unfinished but I love it :) I'll scrape off the extra bits of glue and paint the whole thing again, but this shabby look is perfect for now. I even love that it is a little "bottom heavy." I think it adds to the childish feel, just perfect for the kids' room.


  1. The result is wonderful! I'm surprised at how different it is. Thanks for posting this, you've inspired me to sort through my stash to see what I can bash(that rhyme was inadvertent but I'll leave it there anyway!):)

  2. Brilliant. So much better than before!

  3. What a clever idea, perfect for children's room :)

    I'm going to try the microwave idea on a couple of Michael's hutches - but as you say I'll be sticking VERY close by!!

  4. I love the way it turned out. Perfect for a childs room.

  5. Oh¡¡¡¡ Es una idea muy buena¡¡¡ y te ha quedado fantastico.Felicidades`¡¡¡¡

  6. Daisy, it is cute and retty and I think you had a great idea.
    I tried once to microwave a piece but the glue did not relented. At what temperature do I have to heat it? thank you, osanna

  7. Thanks all! In terms of the microwave, I heat it in increments of 3-5 seconds at a time and have done it on Michael's hutches with great success. If the piece is painted or has a thick finish, Rosanna, you may have to score through the paint or even pry the joints a little bit with a craft knife. Have(safe)fun!

  8. Great bench, Daisy!
    Love, Susanne

  9. ¡Que buena transformación e idea!!!
    Quedo muy linda!!!

  10. Doesn't it feel great when something like this works so well! You're very brave putting it in the microwave! Gill x



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