before and after leather chair makeover

I love the idea of taking something that someone considers trash and turning it into something new, rustic, and wonderful. On top of that, I love a great project. When I first saw four of these battered chairs outside by a bin, with bits of leather missing, and the discoloured wooden legs, I felt extremely excited.  

thrown out leather chair

Maybe some people would see them as rubbish, and considering what they are supposed to look like in there new state, I’d agree on some level. The truth is though, that It’s very easy to see them as that way.

They have definitely seen better days, but I couldn’t let these be taken to the dump, I had to make something with them. I looked at them plenty and didn’t know what to make and so I decided to strip away all of that leather. 

removing leather from chair

When I first started the process, I regretted it simply because it was a lot of hard work but with the end goal in mind to reduce waste and make something stunning. That was enough for me to build a little momentum and keep ongoing.

When I removed all of the leather, it hit me, what if I could upcycle the wood to make it look nice again? That’s exactly what I did. After removing all of the foam, there was somewhat of a hole in the bottom and so It was the perfect time to get some of that wood of those pallets I had been collecting for weeks and put it to good use.

  foam removed from leather chair

As it was still completely sturdy, it still made for a great chair but I wanted to make it a piece of furniture that would be very useful in the home. A chair is limited to just one use. With all of this in mind, I set out to make a side table that could be used as a chair or stool. 

I knew by using pallet wood, it would look bespoke and different from what you normally see. I sanded all of the wood well with sandpaper and then went ahead and chopped the wooden boards to size then to fix It to the Frame I used a strong wood glue by Evostik.

Using wood glue to bond together

This project was extremely difficult, but I am sharing it because I want to show you how rewarding it can be. I want to encourage you to start your own DIY projects because it reduces waste, and will even save you money. Turning a battered old chair into a stunning side table is just the start. I made four of these beauties, and they all have their place in my home.

See the full process of making here in this video:


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