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A Roadside Score Becomes an Upcycled Chair

February 14, 2017

When this designer saw a chair on the roadside with a “Free” sign attached, she took a closer look.

When Decorative Artist Deborah Masters saw a lonely old chair at the side of the road with a “Free” sign attached to it, she just had to take a closer look. “It was covered with a fake 60s or 70s brown vinyl,” she recalls. “I stopped because the chair had a great shape and was in good condition, other than being a bit wobbly.”
 
Masters decided to upcycle the chair. Upcycling is a reinvestment in the environment. It involves taking something destined for the landfill and giving it new life by transforming the item into something of greater use and value.

 

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Before - Upcycled ChairHAfter - Upcycle Chairere’s how Masters creates a dazzling new chair:

 

• Tighten screws and use glue to make the chair sturdy again.

• Remove the dated upholstery fabric.

• Sand, prime, paint and then silver-leaf the arms. 

• Masters selected a contemporary orange fabric with white and black accents. “I wanted the fabric to make a real statement,” she says. She worked with a custom upholsterer, who reinforced the chair, covered it with beautiful fabric and added rivets.

• Once reupholstered, she sanded areas of the arms to give a vintage look, then dry-brushed black paint on the exposed areas.

• Add a final varnish coat.

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