FFf Eclectic Red Barn: Someone's Trash is Another Person's Treasure

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Someone's Trash is Another Person's Treasure

Have you found a "trash" item that became a treasure to you? I have found many trash items, although I did not keep all of them. However, when I found these vintage wooden chairs just sitting there waiting for garbage pickup, I had to save and keep them.

Garbage pickup is like dumpster diving without having to climb into a dumpster.  

Eclectic Red Barn: Going from Trash to Treasure


I just grabbed them and put them on our golf cart. The dogs love riding on the golf cart so every evening we take them for a ride, if possible. 

I didn't take the time to see if they were broken or not, but they looked pretty good. 

When we got home, I checked them out and it seemed that all they needed was to be cleaned up.  One had some really bad stains on the seat and lots of scratches. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage wooden folding chair needs a makeover

These had certainly seen lots of wear and weather.

I sanded them lightly and then stained them with Early American Stain from Home Depot.  I used a small brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage wooden folding chair gets makeover

What a difference the stain made. I lightly sanded again and applied a coat of  Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish
I want to take this chairs camping with us for extra seating and wanted to protect them.

It is always nice to have some extra chairs when camping, especially ones that fold up like these. 

On our last camping trip, we went to a flea market and I saw chairs like these but in really bad condition. Some even had the slats missing and they wanted $15-25 for each one. 

I saw some online that were really expensive. My husband thinks that we should sell them, but I am not having it. 

The "trash" is now my treasure and I enjoy using them while camping.
    




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