How to Turn an Abandoned Chair Seat into a Farmhouse Sign

Hi everyone! Sorry if you you were frustrated trying to open a non-existent blog post on Monday, LOL. It’s all in the details right? I’ve got to start paying a little more attention to those details than I have been. Let’s just call it technical difficulty and leave it at that, shall we? So today I have a fun post involving an abandoned chair seat that I picked up at a garage sale over a year ago for a dollar. I remember the sellers laughing at my excitement over their beat up chair seat. I could hear them thinking, “Why is this crazy lady so thrilled about finding an ugly, paint-spattered chair seat?!!” I think they felt bad about taking my dollar, but as I’m sure you’ll agree, I got the better end of that bargain.

old chair seat turned farmhouse signI happened to have the perfect stencil for this project: Milk and Cream made by my friend Angie at Knick of Time. She sent me several of her Vintage Sign Stencils to try out, including this one. I cannot recommend her quality products enough; each stencil is made of thick, sturdy plastic. Angie even sent me one of her giant stencil brushes to test, and it worked like a dream.

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Today’s post is part of a new, monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge that I and six other [awesome] DIY bloggers have created. Each month we plan to present a new project based on that month’s theme. This month’s is chairs. Make sure you read all the way to the end of today’s post to find links to these talented ladies’ posts.

old paint spatter chair seatHere you see the seat in its pre-stenciled glory–exactly as I found it at the garage sale–all nice and curvy and perfectly spattered up.

very top of an old painted chair seatIt’s got plenty of holes and cracks and dings in it as well.

close up shot of the old paint spattered chair seatIt could easily be mistaken for an early Jackson Pollock. Right?

close up shot of the old paint spattered chair seatOr an impressionistic sunset.

stencil brushSeriously, it was a pretty cool find–the perfect canvas for the Milk and Cream stencil, which I applied using my new brush and simple, acrylic craft paint. A coat or two of polyurethane (or wax) offers some protection from scratching or chipping once the paint is dry.

partial view of the milk and cream stencil on the old chair seatSoon it will be available for purchase in my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center (Troy, NY).

It’s certainly a unique sign, and who doesn’t like to have a truly original piece to decorate with?

Milk & Cream farmhouse sign in the gardenIt even looks good out in the garden, nestled in with the wild geraniums.

I hope you’ll take some time to visit my Thrifty Chicks friends–I promise you won’t be disappointed, and you might even meet some new-to-you vintage, DIY bloggers who you’ll fall in love with. Wouldn’t that be fun?

thrifty chicks upcycled chair projects collage
1. The Interior FrugalistaPlayful Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs
2. Little Vintage CottageRepurposed Dining Chair
3. Just the WoodsPainting Outdoor Adirondack Chairs with HomeRight Finish Max Extra
4. Thrifty Rebel VintageRepurposed Chair to Bird Feeder
5. Shoppe No. 5What You Can Make with an Old Chair
6. Adirondack Girl @ HeartHow to Turn an Abandoned Chair Seat into a Farmhouse Sign
7. Lora B’s Create & PonderLeg-o-Matic Chair Refresh

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  1. I love this. You did get the better part of the bargain. I bet it will fly out the door when you put it in your booth.

  2. Such great patina…perfect with Angie’s stencil…that one is one of my favorites, too!

  3. That old chair seat has a thousand stories, love that you kept it as is. It’s perfect repurposed as a sign and I suspect it won’t last long in your booth. Love it, Diana!

  4. Great chair sign Diana! I love that you left it as you found it because it was just gorgeous, and the stencil makes it just that much better.

  5. I love when creative people take something that might have just been tossed out and make it into something creative and nice! Recycling at its best.

  6. Love it. But I still think something needs to go into that top slot. Leather strap to hang it/ burlap or red gingham bow? I guess it made a much better sign than a lazy susan! But it looks awful nice with your breadboards. Oh, yeah, we can’t keep it all, right?

  7. Had the best time checking out the Thrifty Chicks; learned a lot; I think this is a great combination of bloggers.

  8. That’s why I love your creative eye. You find the beauty in something other’s would have thrown out and make it even more beautiful!

  9. This is so awesome! I would have scooped up that treasure too, and I just love it when the sellers are like…”what the heck are you going to do with that:” Love the coloration-perfect contrast to the white milk and cream stencil. Pinned!

  10. Maybe you should have asked the sellers “Why are these crazy people so thrilled about SELLING an ugly, paint-spattered chair seat for a dollar?!!” Great save!

  11. Your signs are always fantastic but this one is the best so far. I’m so glad you rescued that paint spattered chair from those that did not appreciate its beauty. Thank you so much for sharing it at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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